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Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum : Abandoned Buildings

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

Blue Zombie Photography

Abandoned Buildings

Updated: Jun 12, 2010 7:31pm PST

Abandoned : Various abandoned buildings and abandoned objects in North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.  Most are unedited.

Abandoned

Blue Zombie Photography

Various abandoned buildings and abandoned objects in North Carolina, V ...

Updated: Jun 10, 2010 5:37pm PST

Abandoned Structures : Old - but not forgotten - until they crumble away, vanishing forever.

Abandoned Structures

VisionGarden

Old - but not forgotten - until they crumble away, vanishing forever.

Updated: May 29, 2010 8:15pm PST

Abandoned Places :

Abandoned Places

Keith Hare

Updated: May 18, 2010 6:35am PST

Cinclare Plantation : Long Closed Cinclare sugar refining operation near Brusly, Louisiana.  Special thanks to Michael you are the man!

Cinclare Plantation

Clay Isbell

Long Closed Cinclare sugar refining operation near Brusly, Louisiana. ...

Updated: Mar 04, 2010 6:03am PST

The Busted Quarry, WV : Same old deal.  Gorgeous day, look at maps, feeeeeeeeeeel this area and zone in, switch to aerial, and then go "WTF is THAT?"   Looked like an abandoned castle.  Or something.   It turned out to be *quite* something...

Welcome to the Busted Quarry gallery.  The name fits for a couple reasons, one being rather visually obvious right off the bat.  The other is I was caught trespassing at this location,  Eeek!  Yes!  My first EVER, and I've trespassed in some pretty fabulous and high security places!  I promised "Dixie", the great (to say nothing of eagle-eyed) security guy who busted me, the location of the quarry would remain a secret until my dying day.   So I am not going to say anything other than it is in the state of West Virginia.  Uh, Dixie also wanted me to pass something on to you.  DON'T BOTHER.  You'll get nabbed, just like I did, and they DRIVE AROUND about every hour.  Dixies also says don't EVEN try to go swimming in the quarry lake.   He showed me where he can see the entire area from above, and he's GONNA see you.  Then there's the color of the water. I could not FAKE a color like that.  No way I was takin' a dip.   

Not so for about 5 teenagers who were at the lake, when did Dixie say, last year, and one jumped off what I am calling "Death Rock" (don't worry, you KNOW I shot it!). and never came up.   It is seriously, according to both my and Dixie's estimation, about an 80 foot drop.   So, to say the security is tight here is an understatement.  Liability issues and all.  

Now, here's the DYNO ROYALE part.  Ok.   So I've pretty much exhausted the shooting site itself, no problems/hassles/nothing, and was walking down this dirt road to the quarry lake.  Then I hear the truck, turn around, SEE the truck, and go "Crap, I am soooooo totally busted!" I turned my ass around and started walking slowly toward the truck.   I meet Dixie.  "YOU KNOW YOU'RE TRESSPASSING!?!?!?!?!", he hoilers.   I admitted I did.  I then immediately apologized and offered to heist my butt out of there immediately, if this snarling, gum chewin, Black Ray Ban Aviator wearin' SOB was of a mind to let me.  I launched into what I considered a beautiful rendition of "I'm a photographer, I leave only footprints. touch nothing, don't leave Miller Lite cans..."

I offered a business card, as if that made my little trespassing faux pas legit or "OK" somehow, and he says, "Naaaa, don't gimme that. I don't wanna know who ya are, cause I'm not going to turn you in.  Get in."   Who am I at this point to argue?  After all, I figured at worst it's a free ride to the gate, and was a long uphill hike back,   So I do.  And we start talking, he asks me where I'm from, I say Reston (DC), he snarls, "figgered".  I start asking questions, and then from that magic moment on, I was given a personal TOUR of the friggin' place, complete with Dixie's family history, and of the quarry.  Dixie was born in a company house that has long rotted away, along with many others on the grounds here.  You can still see the stacked rock walls running throughout the dense woods that have now overaken everything and anything.  His father worked for over 50 years at the quarry/smelting plant, and retired in 1961,   Dixie and his brothers also worked long years for the quarry, the name of which I never learned.  Didn't want to seem pushy or anything by asking, seein' as how I was trespassin' and all.

So anyway... Dixie and I wind up being the best of pals, he drives me all over, giving me the history of this and that, and what this was, and that was, etc.  He, dig this, actually POSITIONED his pickup truck so I could get a good shot of Death Rock.  Deluxe! Which is the the beautiful lake and the rock shot in the gallery.  A Reckless Youth of Questionable Sobriety jumped from the large monolith you see in the foreground, and sank,  never to come back up from.  Divers recovered him tangled in something; the depth at that spot being 40 ft..Shot it right outta Dixie's pick up truck winder.  

So... presented with a bit of a story, the usual skew, and many anonymous regards to my dearest Security Person pal EVER, Dixie, please enjoy The Busted Quarry.

~ Bill  10/5/09

The Busted Quarry, WV

theskewedeye

Same old deal. Gorgeous day, look at maps, feeeeeeeeeeel this area an ...

Updated: Oct 06, 2009 1:57pm PST

The Box Factory - West Virginia : As always, as I glanced at an area in northern West Virginia, I felt the Call.   The Tugging.  The Something's Here and Right Up Your Alley feeling.

So I go.  Have no clue where this was, but knew I was on the right track after the first house you see below.   The following images are mostly from an abandoned box factory.

As usual, presented with the usual Skew!

The Box Factory - West Virginia

theskewedeye

As always, as I glanced at an area in northern West Virginia, I felt t ...

Updated: Sep 26, 2009 10:17am PST

Miscellaneous Textile Mills :

Miscellaneous Textile Mills

Robert

Updated: Aug 16, 2009 5:47pm PST

CF&I Steelworks Administration Building : The old CF&I Administration building. The blood and such is from a haunted house.

CF&I Steelworks Administration Building

kcphoto

The old CF&I Administration building. The blood and such is from a hau ...

Updated: May 03, 2009 9:10am PST

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum - October 2008 : I have passed through Weston, WV before, but never stopped. This time I did.

I drove through town, and turned on to this street and there it was, the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, formerly Weston State Hospital. The facility was a psychiatric hospital operated from 1864 to 1994 by the government of the U.S. state of West Virginia, in the city of Weston.

So I pull up to park and notice I seem to be alone in visiting that day. Then begin to wonder just why that might be.

I eventually do make my way in, and was given a personal tour of the entire hospital and grounds by a former employee and resident, complete with gross, disturbing and hideously vivid anecdotes about daily life (and death) At Weston.
 
She was fabulously and gruesomely honest in her recollections -- it was perfect.

The below images, as always, present the Skewed View.

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum - Octo...

theskewedeye

I have passed through Weston, WV before, but never stopped. This time ...

Updated: Dec 17, 2008 8:07pm PST