Barber-Colman Factory

Posted by on December 23, 2010 at 7:14 pm

The abandoned 65-acre Barber-Colman factory complex is a sprawling 795,000 square foot facility that is currently under demolition by the city of Rockford, Illinois. When I first discovered the site I had no idea that it had such an engaging history. Many of the things we consider modern conveniences were developed by the man who […]

Chasing the American Dream

Posted by on December 21, 2010 at 8:19 pm
American Dream

I love urbex. My guess is you’re visiting this website because you love urbex too or are at least intrigued by what it is. The economy in the United States is experiencing an extended period of unemployment hovering around 10%, enduring a foreclosure crisis and seeing an ever widening chasm between the poor and rich. […]

Interview with Brandon Davis

Posted by on December 18, 2010 at 9:32 pm
Michigan Central Station (29)

American Urbex put out the call for interviews and Brandon Davis answered. The Cleveland area amateur photographer has been urbexing for about three years now. Like other urbex photographers, he has become enraptured by the effects of decay. AU: What is it about urbex that attracts you? BD: Abandoned buildings, to me, are a part of history […]

From the Flickr Pool

Posted by on December 12, 2010 at 5:54 pm
Aviation big time

American Urbex has a Flickr group. Add your photos to the pool and it may be featured here. Photo: Lusker 41 captures the remains of the United States Military Industrial Complex. Photo: bpdphotography proves he’s not a vampire and faces the morning sunlight to capture this shot. Photo: JJACOBSphotography explores the bleak wasting of Cairo, […]

Call for Interviews

Posted by on December 5, 2010 at 5:02 pm
Die hellen Treppen

Hey there urban explorers! It is time to expand American Urbex beyond the scope of my own adventures. I’d like to hear from you! Answer these following short questions in the comments or via email ( americanurbex / at / gmail . com ). I will select a few of you to follow up with […]

Audio Urbex

Posted by on November 21, 2010 at 6:33 pm
WI MH45045

Music recommendations to amplify your urbex experience. Clint Mansell – Sacrifice Zack Hemsey – Mind Heist J Ralph – One Million Miles Philip Glass – Pruit Igoe Metal Gear Solid – Intruder

Six Flags – New Orleans

Posted by on November 8, 2010 at 2:27 am

Teddy Smith has created this incredibly eerie video montage of the abandoned Six Flags New Orleans theme park. The park was boarded up for Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The level of devastation brought on by the storm destroyed the park. It has been closed ever since.

King James Jesse Strang

Posted by on November 6, 2010 at 7:57 pm
Strangite Church

On July 8, 1850 James Jesse Strang was crowned King. To this day he holds the illustrious honor of being the only person crowned as a monarch on United States soil. Six years later he was shot in broad daylight in front of apathetic witnesses. Let’s rewind… In February, 1844 Strang becomes  a member of […]

Algonquin Ablaze

Posted by on October 18, 2010 at 11:55 pm
Entry Point

A commenter notified American Urbex that the abandoned factory in Algonquin, IL went up in flames early this morning. Firefighters responded to the scene around 4:40 am on Monday, October 18 when several passing motorists called the fire in. Fire departments were able to contain the fire and did not send crews inside. No injuries […]

Ambassador Apartments

Posted by on October 17, 2010 at 3:30 am

Photo: A postcard depicting the Ambassador Apartments in its prime. Photo: Bird’s-eye view of the Ambassador Apartments courtesy of Bing Maps. Notice the trees growing out of the brickwork. Normally these articles begin with a bit of history about the urbex location. This one is a little different… The seven story Ambassador  Apartments building is […]