October 2010Monthly Archives
In true Google style, the internet giant has commemorated Halloween with not just one spooky Google Doodle, but five of them. And who better to track down marauding ghosts than Mystery Inc., along with the cartoon’s eponymous scaredy cat hero Scooby Doo.
Fancy spending Halloween night in a haunted hotel? If so, here are seven to thrill and frighten. And with such classy establishments, who can blame the spirits for returning to their “old haunts” and refusing to move on?
The Christiania area within Denmark’s capital is a place both reviled and celebrated. It is a controversial community considered a successful social experiment by some, a lawless drug den by others.
Just when you thought graffiti was about defacing buildings – and sometimes adding to their value in the process – along came Moose, a British commercial artist and DJ who creates his pretty pictures by cleaning grime off buildings rather than adding a new layer.
You’d be forgiven for dismissing this unflattering facade as another blight on Sheffield’s rundown West Bar district. But you might be surprised to learn that, behind the prefabricated cladding, is the last remnant of a vibrant city centre movie scene.
It’s strange that deserted buildings and underground tunnels can be such fascinating places. But the truth is that most of us have turned our attention to these quiet abandonments at some point, even just in passing. The world is a smaller place than it once was, and sometimes the uncharted territory is directly beneath our feet.
Like American’s Old West, many ghost towns and abandoned cities in Oceania were once humble mining camps that became bustling communities with extensive modern infrastructures – only to fall into abandonment due to the depletion of natural resources.
It may not be as impressive as Manchester’s best known empty pool complex but Harpurhey Baths is still a fine example of Edwardian swimming pool architecture – and one of the last.
The London Underground is an incredible maze of subterranean railways, stations and ticket halls – and that doesn’t account for the myriad abandoned passageways that are strictly off limits to the public, let alone the ageing relics that linger on in this dark underworld.
On the day it was abandoned in 1978, few would have thought that Chippewa Lake Park would stand untouched and unmaintained for the next 31 years. The amusement park in Medina County, Ohio, opened in 1878 but owner Continental Business Enterprises was forced to close it a century later due to lack of attendance.
It was the jewel in Hasting’s crown, but after a devastating fire several days ago the historic pier is now little more than a skeletal wreck. In this article, sadly adding one more to our previous post about Three Peeling Pleasure Piers, we take a look at Hastings Pier during better times, and the financial troubles that led to its abandonment and ultimate destruction.
What more appropriate location for a ghost town than the aptly named Death Valley? That’s where the remains of Rhyolite stand, and even today the ruins tell of a prosperous and relatively grand settlement.