The Accidental Sea

Posted by on May 20, 2011 at 1:55 pm

The Accidental Sea by Ransom Riggs is a fantastic documentary that explores the area surrounding the Salton Sea in California. It was shot entirely on a Canon 5D Mark II. In 1905 flooding and engineering mistakes diverted the Colorado River flow into one of the lowest desert basins in California. It wasn’t until the completion […]

The Purple Hotel

Posted by on May 6, 2011 at 7:31 pm
Purple Hotel

Photo: You can’t miss the regal facade of this building driving on Touhy Avenue. According to one Chicago area native, the construction crew of the 293 room Lincolnwood Hyatt House were supposed to receive a shipment of blue bricks for the building facade. It isn’t clear if  a communication or manufacturing error is to blame […]

Wyman-Gordon Power Plant

Posted by on April 29, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Photo: Power plant for what was originally the Ingalls-Shepard Forging Co. In 1910 seasoned manufacturing veterans F.A. Ingalls and Charles C. Shepard partnered to create the Ingalls-Shepard Forging Co. in Harvey, Illinois. Ingalls took up the mantle of President and treasurer, while Shepard acted as Vice President. The company produced a wide range of parts […]

Dixie Square Mall

Posted by on April 25, 2011 at 5:29 pm
Church of Capitalism

  Photo: One of the entrances to the famous Dixie Square Mall. After World War II the newly minted American middle class became emboldened by prosperity and moved further away from city centers into suburbs. Larger homes, new automobiles, televisions and all sorts of consumer goods all became part of the conspicuous consumption norm to demonstrate […]

Presenting the American Urbex Podcast

Posted by on April 20, 2011 at 7:16 pm

American Urbex is a means to motivate myself to get out the door and explore new places. Unfortunately… or fortunately depending on your point of view… there are only so many urbex locations to explore nearby. Because I do not have unlimited funds does not mean that I am limited when exploring new things. One […]

Facebook Page

Posted by on April 4, 2011 at 2:34 am

American Urbex is now on Facebook. Share your urbex photos, links and adventures with other American Urbex readers. It’s a great way to connect to other urban explorers!

Superconducting Super Collider

Posted by on March 31, 2011 at 2:25 am

Photo (Physics Central): Overview of the massive Superconducting Super Collider. In the midst of the Cold War between Russia and the United States science was a key strategic weapon. In order to maintain scientific supremacy in the 1980’s the United States planned to build the world’s largest particle accelerator. No one could have predicted in the early […]

Infiltration Summer

Posted by on March 28, 2011 at 10:41 pm
American Urbex

In 2010 American Urbex was able to raise just over $400 to fund an expedition to Gary, IN.  This website has no advertising or revenue stream to support it. The content is created because I have an inherent need to share my discoveries and don’t mind paying out of pocket to do so. The donations […]

Hudepohl Brewery

Posted by on March 23, 2011 at 3:51 am

Photo: Corner door at the Hudepohl Brewery. Note the HB emblem above the door. On the first night of the UW Whitewater Civil Rights Tour our bus pulled into Newport, KY, which is right across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, OH. The tour did not have anything scheduled for the evening so I decided to […]

From the Flickr Pool

Posted by on March 21, 2011 at 9:00 am

American Urbex has a Flickr Group. If you are an urbex photographer, please add your photos to the group. Photo: kenfagerdotcom Photo: JJACOBSphotography Photo: Ward7Dave Photo: El TiDY Photo: bpdphotography