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Packard Plant – Trip 3

By dave | December 1, 2009

I remember this as The Trip Where I Finally Got Up The Nerve To Bring My 5DMKII. I had been dancing around bringing my main camera to Detroit given the potential for theft, the potential for loss during inevitable partying, having to lug the heavy kit all over the city, etc. I scheduled all the…

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Augusta Tissue

By dave | June 16, 2009

This tissue paper mill closed down under somewhat shady circumstances after changing owners several times. The mill was even held by the federal government for a time while the courts worked out what to do with some of the contested assets. During this time the mill was well secured and an extremely risky place to…

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Polaroid – Trip 1 & 2

By dave | May 28, 2009

POLAROID!! Polaroid, Polaroid, Polaroid! SNOWLAROID? Someone once asked me, accusingly, if I was an explorer or a re-explorer. In other words, did I explore places that other people hadn’t been to (since they were abandoned), or did I just get a bunch of information off the internet and visit places that were well known. Polaroid…

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Central Steam Power Plant – May 2007

By dave | May 12, 2009

Central Steam Power Plant in Fitchburg, MA was a great place to explore. It was always a reliable, interesting place to bring explorers visiting from other states or to go when you wanted to take some photos but didn’t want to deal with a big hassle. The entrance was simple but not necessarily obvious if…

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Bethlehem Steel – Trip 3

By dave | March 29, 2009
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Continental Engine Plant

By dave | March 22, 2009
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Fisher Body 21 – March 2009

By dave | March 21, 2009
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Packard Plant at Night – Trip 2

By dave | February 26, 2009

After my first trip to Detroit, it did not take long for me to return and the Packard plant was an inevitable stop on the tour. During my first trip, I had discovered the joy of roaming the plant at night in a small group.  Minimal use of flashlights allowed us to sneak up on…

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Calf Pasture Pumping Station

By dave | November 17, 2008

Constructed in 1883 this Romanesque style pumping station is one of the more ornate public works buildings I have come across. The station pumped raw sewage out of Boston neighborhoods and into storage tanks on Moon island, where it was released into the ocean. The pumping station was in operation until the opening of the…

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Packard Plant – Trip 1

By dave | August 25, 2008

The Packard Plant.  A Detroit legend.  An Albert Khan masterpiece.  The building that all of the news stories featured as emblematic of Detroit’s economic downfall. The Pack was also a legendary exploring destination.  It was a 3.5 million square foot lawless demilitarized zone in the middle of one of Detroit’s less savory neighborhoods.  I remember…

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