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Meet Reggie

Posted by on May 27, 2010 at 9:14 pm
Reggie

Meet Reggie. By his own accord, Reggie has lived in East St. Louis 48 of his 50 years. My friend and I talked with Reggie for a good twenty minutes about East St. Louis. Talking to people that live in and around urbex locations is a great way to get the raw story. Reggie was […]

Peter Hauptmann Billboard

Posted by on May 25, 2010 at 7:35 am
184X

Count the number of advertisements you see the next time you walk down the street in any metropolitan area. Try your best to count every single little bit of advertising space you can. This mental exercise can become overwhelming in a matter of minutes. Americans are bombarded with advertising at every turn in urban spaces. […]

Murphy Building in East St. Louis

Posted by on May 20, 2010 at 1:41 pm
Murphy Building Stairwell

The Murphy Building stands within a stonesthrow of the Spivey Building. If you look closely in top photo above, you can see vegetation growing in the brickwork. Getting up to the higher floors now requires an explorer to exit a second story window and walk up a rickety steel fire escape, as the main stairwell […]

Spivey Building in East St. Louis

Posted by on May 19, 2010 at 7:10 am
Spivey Building

Whenever you mention that your driving into St. Louis, Missouri people reflexively joke, “Don’t get off the highway too early. You don’t want to end up in East St. Louis.” My natural response is “Why?” The answer people give to that question is that the city is riddled with crime, it looks dirty and there […]

Algonquin Toy Factory

Posted by on May 13, 2010 at 2:10 pm
Entry Point

The eponymous Algonquin Toy Factory is located in Algonquin, Illinois. I have had trouble locating detailed information about this location. I am interested in dates of operation, what was produced here and the company’s history. If you have any detailed information please leave it it the comments section. Research: Wikipedia – Algonquin, Illinois Flickr Set […]

The Fox Inn

Posted by on May 5, 2010 at 7:08 pm
Fox Inn

Welcome to the Fox Inn. Rooms are available for as low as $22 a night. Well… they were at some point. The Winnebago County Health Department has something else to say about that. Being right next to H41 this place attracts a lot of attention. The first floor and stairwells are now boarded up completely. […]

Haven Motel

Posted by on May 5, 2010 at 2:21 am
Haven Main Office

Welcome to the Haven Motel. Well, that’s what it was renamed to in 1958 and remained so until the 1980’s. When Ozzie & Harriet Nelson, boxer Joe Louis, and the von Trapp family of The Sound of Music fame stayed here it was known as Lein’s Cabins. The adobe structures now sit in a state […]

H41 Junkyard

Posted by on May 5, 2010 at 1:57 am
Abandoned Memories

Heading along H41 in Kaukauna, Wisconsin you’ll pass this dilapidated house. It appears to have been vacated sometime in the 1990’s. Entering through the basement doors reveals a peculiar oddity. The foundation and windows appear to be fairly new, while the main home is clearly quite older. Most of the basement is filled with possessions […]

Peter Cooper Glue Factory

Posted by on May 1, 2010 at 11:48 pm
Peter Cooper Glue Factory

Have you ever eaten Jell-O? If the answer is yes, then Peter Cooper has been a part of your life. New York-based industrialist Peter Cooper received a patent for gelatin in 1845. He is also known for his other major contributions to American history. He also designed the first steam locomotive in the United States. […]

Eastern State Penitentiary

Posted by on April 21, 2010 at 9:49 pm
Eastern State Penitentiary

Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is recognized as a National Historic Landmark for being the world’s first large-scale penitentiary. It opened in 1829 and operated until 1965. This prison became a model by which all modern prisons follow. In 1842 author Charles Dickens wrote in his book American Notes the following about his visit […]