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Dubuque Brewing & Malting Company

Published on June 6, 2014 By admin

Photo: The exterior facade of the Dubuque Malting¬†Company, also known as Dubuque Brewing Company and Dubuque Brewing & Malting Company. The iconic midwestern cities Milwaukee and St. Louis are¬†synonymous with domestic beer production. Schlitz, Pabst, Miller, Anheuser-Busch, and other big-time operations have been around since the 19th century.¬†Facing growing competition the Heeb, Iowa, Western, and […]

Henry River Mill Village

Published on December 7, 2013 By admin

Photo: Some of the remaining homes in Henry River Mill Village. Nestled on the banks of a winding river just outside of Hildebran, North Carolina are the greyed remnants of a blue-collar community. The sound of rural silence is intermittently broken by passers-by who point out the windows of their vehicles, making note of the […]

Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company

Published on September 6, 2013 By admin

Photo (source): Postcard of the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company as it appeared circa 1908. With the colloquial Brew City nickname and a baseball team called the Brewers, Milwaukee is synonymous with beer. Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company was once the largest in the United States and its slogan boasted that it was “the beer that made […]

American Urbex E.12 – Richman Brothers

Published on December 19, 2011 By admin

The Richman Brothers took great pride in both the quality of their product and the workplace in which it was manufactured.  Subscribe to the American Urbex Podcast on iTunes. American Urbex article on the Richman Brothers. American Urbex Group on Flickr American Urbex on Facebook American Urbex on Twitter

Streetcars of Grand Rapids

Published on May 3, 2011 By admin

In this short video, Grand Rapids native and amateur historian Fred Quillin discusses the world-class electric streetcar system that used to drive the city economy. In the mid-20th century the automobile industry purchased the streetcars and dismantled them. In the video Quillin makes an impassioned plea to Grand Rapids voters to reinvest in a streetcar […]

The Damen Silos

Published on January 16, 2011 By admin

Photo: The state of Illinois would like to move this property that sits opposite downtown Chicago. The colloquial “Damen Silos” harken back to an era when Chicago was a big player in the grain trade. The land on which the grain elevator lords over has been in use since the early 1800’s. In 1832 a […]

Brach’s Candy Factory

Published on January 11, 2011 By admin

The monumental Brach’s candy factory in Chicago is a crumbling shrine to “The World’s Candy Capital.” Perhaps more appropriately though, the colossal factory is a tombstone marking the agonizing death of the American Dream. The factory is a well-known urbex location in the greater Chicago area. It was a great thrill to finally get to […]

Union Station

Published on August 24, 2010 By admin

Photo: Taken by Nick Forslund. Photo: Taken from the Union Station Wikipedia entry. From afar the Gary Union Station would blend into the background. Its stylish concrete molded exterior has held up extremely well for a building that is now over 100 years old. It is a bit hard to believe from the outside that […]

Hassia Landmaschinenfabrik

Published on July 30, 2010 By admin

American Urbex focuses largely on urbex locations located in… you guessed it… America. However, the diverse urbex community is not limited to just the United States. All over the globe there are wonderful sites explored by thrill seeking photographers, both professional and amateur alike. To borrow some comic-geek parlance, this American Urbex entry is an […]

Armour Meat Processing Plant

Published on June 11, 2010 By admin

In American public schools Henry Ford gets credited with inventing the assembly line. He’s touted as an American hero for figuring out that dividing labor into small specialized tasks could maximize output and drive down production cost. If you believe this story, you are complicit with the oversimplification of American history. By his own words, […]