The Falling River Elementary School on the forlorn back roads of a rural Virginia county is falling into complete disarray. The building has ceilings that are slightly rotting, probably gutted of copper and anything of “value”. The windows are all busted out and boarded up. Metal caged doors block side entrances.
Little to practically no information exists about this elementary school! Also, alum records can be found dating to the 1960’s.
Otherwise the details are scarce! Do you know anything about this school in in central Virginia? If so, please comment below.
Furthermore the doors blocked with sheet metal, like a scene from Fallout 4. A good old fashioned raider encampment from this deteriorating ghost of the past building.
Balch Creek flows from the Tualatin Mountains spilling its bubbling water along the wooded range. Nestled amongst the green lay of nature lies this abandoned Oregon bathroom.
In 1930 the Federal Works Progress Administration built this rock building as a bathroom facility. They city maintained it as a public restroom until 1962. Nature since has claimed the stones as their own and is slowly taking it back.
Heritage Tree 134 is the largest tree around the park and is located right near the former building.
Image by Finetooth/Wikimedia Commons and used under CC by SA 3.0.
They are weird, they are open and they remain as silent walls. This abandoned auto shop is one concrete businesses built out of cinder blocks in the mid 19th century in the United States can all but disappear. Built with bonding and their foundations were hardy.
Easy, convenient and paint-able these structures sheltered the lives of many running auto body shops.
Below, floors and walls of an mechanic shop.
Located near Oxford Furnace this former shop gave business to those in Rustburg and Concord. Tons of these remain, two others on 501. Green curtains remain twisted, weathered and dangling.
So many places that fell to the wayside as Jiffy Lube, Tire Os and Pep Boys have taken over. You read up on a few places and cars left behind here.
Absent wind but filled with whatever overhead weather including : rain, sleet, snow and sunshine. Some people found them ugly or too plain but they offer a sturdy working space. Moving a drain or two could be a chore or wiring perchance a problem but overall a healthy view on what happens to outdated structures.
Also, comment if you have seen some roofless forgotten auto body shops!
Along 395 and just below Fox, Oregon. Peacefully along the road south of Fox Creek you can find a whole intersection of abandoned little things. Three small homes, a barn, a shed and maybe more. Fox lost its zip code in 2002. Was the abandonment before or after?
Artist Morris Graves is from this town, more HERE.
Private property located in New Jersey. A little building with big surprises. Almost seeming ready to reopen except complete havoc has been through. Dishes remain on shelves and so do stacks of toilet paper. This former restaurant / lounge bar has not been in use thick layers of dust and mildew fill the air.
The Red Fox Inn images from Justin Gurbisz. You can find this abandoned establishment in New Jersey. The basement has gone through some flooding as well.
It has been abandoned for at least 15 years.
“La Fox Home”
Along the dusty La Fox Road in Illinois you can pass this tiny abandoned home. Boards go vertical almost from ground to rood to cover the windows. Every bit of this tiny home on the wayside of a small unincorporated community near the Great Lakes is covered from entry.
A local grain silo is from the 1800s. When could this home have been built and does it have a future?
Images from Google Street View.
The Fox & Grapes Pub is located in Bordesley City, Birmingham, United Kingdom. This tavern has been in a derelict state for some time. It currently awaits demolition. The roof has been missing for some time. The extent of decay may be a lot.
Abandoned Places Vol I Homes in Virginia : sometimes stumbling across scenes does feel like a set up. However, there isn’t anything to be done about it.
Lost places often become rendered completely unusable. Mostly due to exposure and lack of maintenance. Dead animals often seem to occur at, in or around desolate areas. The crumbling structure of this house is missing pieces of floor and chunks out of wall.
Lastly, for this house; the outside. Bramble, trees and some vines are overtaking this old thing. overgrowing it like a fairy tale. Maybe this place is cursed?
Hidden from the street by a coverage of bushes in a rural county.
The one that just passes by your window as you drive
Located on the not so south west end. Can’t even see it till you pass it.
Crumbling, built together with skill, still this home collapsed. It sits directly in front of train tracks.
Green shutters, busted windows, peeling metal roof and a front door securely chained. However, as you can see from the picture above, the back is pretty much wide open and nothing else was inside.
Catch a Tune
Nestled so lovingly below the road is this home wrought with items. Located along what was an ever growing area until a local bypass was put in.
A rigid piano tragically forlorn. A patterned and lean back chair. Walls that were not so well to absorb the bright blue hue of the walls. A tone completely uncaring emanating from within.
Furniture is completely strewn, torn, scattered or ripped asunder. Everything lays incomplete in piles bent, broken, busted or gone.
The outside is no less glamorous. No doors or windows remain or are never able to stay closed.
All of these homes were located in Virginia. Pictures were taken by Abandoned By Men.
See more of our “Volumes”(Abandoned Places Vol I Homes in Virginia) or even more search the archive for specifics HERE.
The Phelps road abandoned school wants a remodel. It has been in dilapidation for the past 27 years. At a time it was the Madison Heights High School likewise, for a different era it was Seminole Elementary school.
This history has many believing it should be on the National Register of Historic Places. However, there have been an abundance of fees, labor problems and issues with building . The price for demolition is cheaper when there are these inadequate finances.
Behind the school, in the former parking lot there is the Seminole Park. A little jungle gym and dirt area for tossing a ball. A lone jetting pole stand admits it all. The chain fence is prettied rusted away and a shopping cart sits nearby. The playgrounds blacktop is also a bit broken up with grass parts coming through.
Renovation may still be plausible even though the county building inspector did label it a hazard, the school was set on a fire and left without upkeep for a couple decades.
A remodeling LLC purchased the property in 2014 to do redo the old Phelps Road School into 30 to 50 apartment units so far they have failed to do so receiving fines in the process.
“The Phelps Road Abandoned School was the Madison Heights High School and the Seminole Elementary School.”
Also, the school was sold for a sum of $10 in 2009. Today it is just about breaking the bank of anyone trying to keep it together. It has been abandoned since the 1980’s and resides along Phelps Road in Madison Heights, Virginia.
As of July 2018, it stills stands.
The Seminole Park sign rules are :
No Alcoholic Beverages, Illegal Drugs or Activities Allowed on County Property.
Decaying war relic, an abandoned Kiska submarine from World War II that lays greatly untouched from Japanese-American conflict.
This abandoned Kiska submarine resides on Kiska Island (also known as Rat Island) in the Pacific Ocean.
In 1942, the Japanese invaded the island. The US reclaimed the island a little over a year later in 1943 after the Japanese left the island. The Amphibious Task Force 9; men who died here during World War II, have a plaque established here. The abandoned Kiska submarine of Alaska was one of the remnants of this large scale conflict.
Abandoned Kiska Submarine
This type of submarine blast are believed to be from demolition charges. Another submarine, the USS Grunion was found of the coast of Kiska. This was in 2007 and just some 3,300 feet away. Kiska is only 22 miles long with a with at its widest of about 6 miles.
These midget submarines (also called mini subs) are built to be operated by 1 or 2 people. Although, it can be operated by up to 9. These types of submarines have no on board accommodations for crew members. Mother ships were usually nearby to dock the sub because the crew would need a place to sleep.
Subs like this were generally armed with torpedoes and mines involving detachable side loads. It is now noted as a wartime relic, having been documented by the National Park Service.
Located along the 1800 block of West Harrison Street in Chicago, Illinois you can find this dilapidated Cook County Hospital abandoned.
Certainly, outside detail like cherubs and faces on the facade are really a work art. The columns on the face of this old building add to its stately feel.
It was stylized in the Beaux Arts by architect Paul Gerhardt St. with Griffiths, John, & Sons. The grandiose look is probably what has kept the building from being demolished.
Opened in 1857, it flourished. By, 1916 the expanding hospital had some of the best doctors in Illinois. Above all, it is recognized as one of the first blood banks in the world.
Cook County Hospital Abandoned
Furthermore, after the closure in 2002 a new hospital was opened.
The hospital has been empty for over 14 years. Talks are under way to remodel this building into apartments, shops, hotel, offices and more.
This would be done in phases possibly taking upwards of 15 years. The estimated funds to rehabilitate the building and area is in the price range of $500 million+. Hence, the delay.
As a result, most of the local community disagree with making the site into housing in the Illinois Medical District. Some think maybe a museum. Possibly because this would be to not take away from the many advances Cook County Hospital had made. The National Register of Historic places documented the hospital in 2008.
Princess Diana of Wales visited patients here in 1996
Fun facts : This was the hospital used in the 1990’s Harrison Ford movie, The Fugitive. The fictional hospital on the drama show ERis allegedly based loosely off of this medical facility. Finally, I call it Murder, the 1979 documentary from BBC reporting on the difficulties faced by the staff.
Lastly, you can find the Cook County Hospital abandoned facility with these coordinates. 41.873863, -87.672989
Located near Goshen, Utah and out of service since 1925 you can find this forlorn ore reduction mill. Processing the ore in an outdated way caused the closure creating the Tintic abandoned mill.
Along the open land of Genola you can see the remains of this large concentrator and structure. In the small time frame of 4 years the highest productivity annually was up to 200 tons of ore. Another local mill around Eureka provided the metals used here. Reduced after transportation and refined at Tintic. This process is what led to the mill’s abandonment even though it was part of the Tintic Mining District.
Harold Mill is another name for Tintic.
Warm Springs has heavy metal pollution thought to be cause by Tintic which lies below the establishment.
W.C. Madge designed the refinery in 1920 and it processed gold, silver, copper and lead. Deciding to place it on the western slope of Warms Springs Mountain
It was the only mill in America using the Augustin process at that time. A process involving roasting and leeching the ore changing it to Chloride.
Lastly, graffiti now covers almost the entire complex. All that remains today of this crumbling structure are iron and drain boxes, leaching tanks, roasters, crushers and water tanks. Any former machinery is now gone.
Furthermore, you can just head to Goshen, Utah. Travel down East Main Street until you come to South State Road 141. Then take a right onto State Street Ext and head down until you see it on your left. Here are the coordinates 39.957607, -111.855172