Abandoned

Sheppardton School House

Continuing along with our day of exploration, I spotted this gem immediately after having made a random decision to turn.  Large birds of prey circled me overhead, presumably because I was intruding on what they considered to be their territory.  They flew their holding pattern throughout the duration of my brief visit, but offered no resistance.

Manchester Roundhouse

History: 

The Lehigh Valley Railroad (LVRR)  was created originally to transport coal from Pennsylvania in 1846, but it soon began carrying passengers as well.  To help with its growing needs, a large freight yard in Manchester, NY was constructed and opened in 1892 where the company apparently the company loaded and unloaded more than 100 freight cars per day.  The yard was, at the time, was considered the largest in the world, employing over 1000 workers.

Milo Mill

History: 

I am able to find very little history on this site except that a paper mill was built here in 1890 which burned down in 1910. It was subsequently rebuilt. Whether this is the rebuilt mill is uncertain, and the circumstances of its eventual closure are unknown to me. If anyone can point me in a direction for further detail, it would be appreciated.


Personal Commentary: 

Cascade Mill

History: 

In 1825, Meredith Mallory acquired this property but found it difficult to access the water. Access roads were made, and trees cleared until a site was opened for a dam, grist mill and saw mill.

In 1866, a paper mill was built here but burned down in 1869. It was rebuilt and continued operation until 1900 when the property was purchased by Edward R. Taylor.

Conklin Roundhouse

Nothing on the ground is ever as easy as it appears on Google Earth.  This is a rule I keep close in mind, but sometimes my explorations like to make a point of it.

This was such a case, but was incredibly worth it.  The lighting through the autumn leaves and slightly overcast skies was perfect.  As I stepped inside this massive building I was instantly struck by it.  Not something that I felt at the other roundhouse yesterday.  Something very different.  Something I was really digging!

Chapleau Hydro

Since I was in the area on a sunny Saturday afternoon, I thought I would check out the town of Chapleau, Ontario.  I had never been here before and the opportunity presented itself.

Immediately as I was driving in, I spotted this tiny generating station beside the road and decided that I would stop for a look on the way out of town.

Holmes Foundry

History: 

Business here began in 1918 as Holmes Blunt Ltd., opened by J.S. Blunt. The foundry manufactured car parts, predominantly engine-casting blocks for Ford.

In 1937, the workers here took part in a sit-down strike. It was shortlived as, 48 hours later, the workers were driven away from the plant by armed and violent hired thugs.

Appin House

I caught a brief glimpse of this place by the side of the road and just had to stop. Its character was just screaming at the world to notice it and come closer. At least that's how I saw it.

The drawback was the two houses across the street. How were the neighbours going to react to my presence?

Chatham Incinerator

The first stop on my long-weekend trip was to explore an abandoned garbage incinerator in the town of Chatham, Ontario. There was very little reliable information on the history, when it was built, when it was decommissioned, etc., but it appeared to be an interesting enough place to check out.