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Plymouth Cordage

By dave | March 13, 2007

Plymouth Cordage was founded in 1824 and became one of the largest manufacturers of rope. They manufactured rope for the harpoons of whaling ships, America’s Cup yachts, and cowboy lariats among many, many other uses.

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Gaebler Children’s Center – Trips 1 – 3

By dave | February 1, 2007

Built near the Metropolitan State Hospital campus, the Gaebler School was created specifically to address the needs of children with mental illnesses. As with many institutions of it’s type, the stories of former patients who resided within these walls are not always pretty. It is chilling to walk the halls of this building, passing seclusion…

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Iron Horse Park – 2006

By dave | December 31, 2006

Iron Horse Park is surely one of the locations I have explored the most.  It was an old Boston and Maine Railroad repair facility.  Always fun and photogenic!  There are far too many trips in my libraries to post them all separately, so I’m combining them into just a few.

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Metropolitan State Hospital

By dave | December 31, 2006
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Paul A. Dever State School

By dave | December 28, 2006

Originally built in 1942 as a military facility and POW detention center, this complex of buildings was converted into a mental health facility. Countless identical buildings, interconnected by tunnels, are now abandoned.

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Cranberry Specialty Hospital

By dave | December 6, 2006

Cranberry Specialty Hospital was opened as a Tuberculosis sanatorium. The unusual architecture (for the North East) was lauded at the time, as were its facilities and state of the art heating system. Shots are on Neoppan 1600. There are also some experiments with in-camera double exposures in this set.

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Baker Mills

By dave | November 29, 2006

The Baker and Forbes mills were constructed in 1891 and 1911, respectively. They provided employment for many people in the Dorchester area producing Baker’s Chocolate for many years. The brand was acquired by General Foods and in 1962 the company decided to consolidate their operations and move production to Delaware. Employees were given the option…

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Grafton State Hospital – Trips 1 and 2

By dave | November 6, 2006

Grafton State Hospital opened in 1901 and closed in 1973 after growing to encompass a huge campus. The building which remains abandoned definitely shows evidence of its age and attempts to retrofit more modern systems to it over the years. Most of these shots are on Fuji Pro 160s, and were my first experiment with…

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Norwich State Hospital

By dave | October 1, 2006

Norwich was a popular place. Lots of explorers loved this place and always seemed to pull great pictures out of it, no matter how many times they went. I did not love this place. It was scuzzy and empty and I just could never get really great shots. It seemed like every time I went,…

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Belchertown State School

By dave | September 20, 2006

I have explored many mental health institutions in my travels, but Belchertown is one of a very few which truly gave me the creeps. It is the only place I can claim to have ever encountered anything which seemed even remotely supernatural (though it is a stretch to even say what I encountered here was…

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