Unusual Abandoned Places In The United States

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From a desolate prison in Ohio to an empty
lighthouse off the shores of Oregon, today we look at Unusual Abandoned Places In The
United States. Number 11. Salton Riviera
Amid the deserts of California, just under 60 miles outside of Palm Springs, is the relic
of the resort town that never was. Also known as Salton Seaside, Salton City,
or American Riviera, this settlement was centered around the city’s marina and was advertised
in the 1960s as a desert beach oasis. But rising water elevation, a lack of employment
opportunities, and dangerous pollution levels in the Salton Sea all led to this city’s downfall
as 81% of it remains incomplete and undeveloped. Number 10. Mansfield Reformatory
Also called the Ohio State Reformatory, this famed prison has a whole lot of history. Between 1886 and 1910, the Mansfield Reformatory
was built upon a 40-acre property. Originally, this land was used as a training
camp during the American military contention for secession in the 1860s. But by the time 1867 rolled around, the region
became approved for the location of a new Intermediary Penitentiary, meant to be a halfway
stop between a juvenile detention center and the State Penitentiary. The first batch of prisoners to serve time
here would assist in its construction, being put to work building the institution’s sewer
system and 25-foot-tall outer wall. Once it was complete, the prison remained
functional and in full use until a decree forced its closure in 1990 due to overcrowding
and poor living conditions. Since then, the Mansfield Reformatory has
been under rehabilitation and has served as a setting in famous films and other works
like Air Force One and The Shawshank Redemption. Number 9. Six Flags New Orleans
Amusement parks are supposed to be fun, vibrant getaways from the real world, and when it
opened in 2000 under the name Jazzland, the 140-acre Six Flags New Orleans was just that. With the slogan “It’s playtime”, the park
provided visitors with entertainment from attractions like their many DC Comics and
Looney Tunes themed rides, plus their Cajun and Mardi Gras influenced park sections. The success of Six Flags New Orleans inspired
expansion as the park planned to open a water park on the property in early 2005. But later that year, disaster struck as Hurricane
Katrina obliterated the magical grounds, leaving the park in ruins. Today, Six Flags New Orleans is a decrepit
shell of its former self, with the park as a whole determined to be “an effective and
total loss”. The unique condition of this location has
drawn the attention of the public and Hollywood alike, with thrillseekers recording videos
of the park for YouTube and filmmakers using the site for movies like Stolen, Dawn of the
Planet of the Apes, and Jurassic World. Number 8. Elkmont Historic District
The Little River Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee’s Sevier County is
a gorgeous example of the Appalachian wilderness and historically a popular location for hunting
and fishing. The area of Elkmont was originally settled
by settlers in search of gold, but when a logging company took over the region, the
owner opened it up to locals in search of game. As timber in the region ran low, and the owner
sold much of the land to the Great Smoky mountains Park Commission, he began transitioning the
Elkmont valley into an Appalachian vacation spot. Cottages, cabins, and even a Hotel sprouted
up in Elkmont, and the small community of buildings would become a resort town. The forest-shrouded residents of the region
sought to further protect their slice of paradise after the lumber company up and left. They sparked the movement to establish the
Great Smoky Mountains as a national park, but this would cause the settlers to have
to sell their property to the government. As their leases ended, Elkmont would become
an isolated cabin town, with many of the cottages and clubhouses protected as historical buildings
today. Number 7. Cape Romano Dome Home
In the late 1970s, after retiring from the oil business, one man decided to construct
his dream vacation home. Purchasing plots of land and a barge to transport
supplies, and constructing the white, concrete structures, he slowly but surely put together
this six-dome home on the shores of Caxambas Island in Cape Romano . To prepare for the
Florida home, he built a full-scale model on a Tennessee property he owned, the likes
of which can still be found today. Eventually, after exchanging hands a couple
times, the original designer of the Dome Home moved in permanently, enjoying the unique,
tranquil setting and fishing opportunity. But over the years, erosion took its toll
and the sea level rose to meet the pillars on which the domes sat. Then Hurricane Wilma hit in 2005, destabilizing
the home’s foundation. In the years to follow, the coastline would
rise and the distance from these decaying domes would continue to increase. As of 2017, thanks to Hurricane Irma, only
four of the domes remain intact, now 180 feet away from the land they were once atop. Number 6. Bannerman Castle
A grand structure sits on the Pollepel Island of the Hudson River, reminiscent of fortresses
from across the Atlantic. The great Bannerman Castle was originally
erected by an Irish immigrant named Francis Bannerman VI as a regal storage space for
his burgeoning military surplus business. However, the building stopped construction
in 1918 with his passing. Two years later, more than 200 pounds of ammunition
and powder exploded, destroying part of the structure and leaving it in disrepair. Over time, the sale of firearms to the public
became more difficult due to state and federal regulations, and with the sinking of the island’s
serving ferry, the castle and its stockpile became vacant after 1950. Eventually the state purchased the island,
removed the munitions, and began giving tours to the public. But after a fire broke out in 1969, just a
year after its reopening, New York designated Bannerman’s Castle as off-limits. Today it remains a popular landmark, though
the ruins have been the victim of vandalism and neglect, with portions continuing to collapse
periodically. Number 5. Glenrio Ghost Town
Straddling the border between Quay [kway] County, New Mexico and Deaf Smith County,
Texas is the real-life version of Radiator Springs from Disney’s Cars. The quaint town of Glenrio once served as
a popular pit stop along the famous Route 66. It began as a railroad town named Rock Island,
but switched to Glenrio in 1908 and began receiving traveling motorists by 1917. But with the formation of Route 66 in 1926,
the small town quickly grew as business picked up heading into the 30s. Glenrio added multiple filling stations, motels
and dining establishments in both states it occupied to accommodate the increased traffic. However, in 1973, Interstate 40 was installed
and completely bypassed the small community, allowing travelers to skip the collection
of businesses entirely….just like the fantasy town of Radiator Springs. This relation wasn’t lost on filmmakers, either,
as Pixar animators took road trips across Route 66 in preparation for the film, experiencing
the classic highway firsthand. As a result, an easter egg can be found in
Cars paying tribute to this ghost town by way of the “Glenn Rio Motel” which uses the
real life Little Juarez Cafe in Glenrio as inspiration. Number 4. Tillamook Rock Lighthouse
Once the most expensive lighthouse ever built on the West Coast, this structure is a gorgeous
historical landmark. But time and mother nature haven’t been too
kind to the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse as the waters off the Oregon Coast have thrashed
it since its completion in 1881. The hazardous weather and difficult time endured
by lighthouse keepers and suppliers earned the building the nickname of “Terrible Tilly”. The isolated building sits atop a large rock
about 1.2 miles off the shore of Tillamook Head, and as such, keepers working here endured
hardships in their work. The lighthouse stayed in operation until 1957,
due to the extreme costs to upkeep the great sea beacon. Afterwards, it was used for a short time as
a columbarium, or a public storage center for urns, but this didn’t last long as the
realtors owning it would have their license revoked by the Oregon Mortuary and Cemetery
Board. Today it remains hard to access, with helicopter
transport the only sure way to get there. In addition to being a Nationally Registered
Historical Place, the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse is also part of the Oregon Islands National
Wildlife Refuge, with the seabirds of the region being protected from disturbance during
nesting season. Number 3. Hudson River State Hospital
In upstate New York at the town of Poughkeepsie , the massive grounds of the Hudson River
State Hospital have stood tall since its initial construction in 1871. This structure is a national historic landmark
thanks to its High Victorian Gothic architecture, a unique style and the first of its kind among
American institutions. Fifteen separate buildings make up the hospital
grounds, many of which were built after the institution’s initial launch, and the property
itself is 296 acres! But as progress was made in the psychiatric
field, less and less patients required being committed to mental health facilities such
as this. As patient numbers dropped, so went the general
maintenance and the buildings would begin falling into disrepair. It wasn’t until 2003 that the hospital as
a whole finally closed. Since then, it’s endured fire damage and deterioration,
creating a haunting setting for interested tourists. Number 2. The Domes of Casa Grande
Strange domes and tunnels sit just outside the Arizona town of Casa Grande. These odd buildings once belonged to a circuit
board manufacturer called InnerConn Technology and this site was meant to be their new Headquarters
upon construction in 1983. But when the company went under, and the Union
of California assumed ownership that same year, they would remain incomplete and abandoned
to this day. Since then, a number of rumors regarding the
desert oddities have arisen. Some of these rural legends include the presence
of portals that can apparently lead to alternate dimensions, the site acting as a medium for
summoning demons, and the rumor of rituals which resulted in souls being trapped here. In reality though, these domes are barely
staying aloft as they crumble and decay, now covered in graffiti. The Casa Grande Domes have been deemed a safety
hazard and as such are no longer widely opened to the public. Number 1. Kennecott Mines
From 1906 to 1938, this U.S. National Historic Landmark was operational and one of the richest
producers of copper ore in the world. These mines churned out over 1 billion pounds
of copper during their use, but in the 33 years, they eventually ran dry. The mills of the Kennecott Mines, which were
named for the glacier that sits in the Alaskan valley below them, are still standing today,
but only as a tourist destination for curious hikers.


  1. "..used as a training camp during The American Military Contention for Secession in the 1860's." Oh! That's the Civil War.

  2. Haha Hudson River St Hospital scenes look familiar because SelfDefiant used it in one of the spooky escape games he made. I see this frequently in these abandoned places videos especially old asylums. Six Flags was used by him too and a couple of other escape game companies used six flags. fun!

  3. Iโ€™ve been to the Kennicott Copper Mine. Itโ€™s worth checking out. Itโ€™s in McCarthy and McCarthy is 7 hours east of Anchorage and 8 1/2 hours south of Fairbanks for those who are wondering. Also a really good restaurant called The Potato or The Potato Head. The food is absolutely delicious.

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