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Becky Baugh 🐝  I photograph abandoned/historic places across the US and Europe. All photos are mine. ❌Please do not DM me asking for coordinates/shoutouts/follows.✋❌

So, my husband is officially an MTI (better known to most as a Drill Sergeant). I'm so proud of him, but I have to giggle to myself as I still find myself nervous being around so many of these hats. It's been over ten years since I graduated Basic Training! 😂
Do any other vets still get a bit of anxiety when they see these hats or anything that reminds them of Basic/Boot Camp? #militarytraininginstructor #veteran #airforceveteran #airforcewife

"I paid another homeless man $20 to teach me this," says Walker, who makes a living by selling art created from palm tree leaves. He then went on to explain that the man who taught him got cancer and died, but he is keeping the tradition alive.
I spotted Walker while exploring the city, and when I stopped to admire his work, he showed me how to make a rose, if I promised I wouldn't teach others. Walker is originally from Tennesee, and I never asked what events led up to him living on the streets of Texas. His art and haunting blue eyes drew me in, but he was more approachable because he didn't appear to have obvious mental issues or using drugs. Walker sent me off with a palm leaf rose made especially for me, but my giddiness was immediatly killed. As soon as I walked away, a stranger made a comment to not give "them" the time of day. I defended Walker and explained I had talked to him by choice, but this person went on to argue that he must have put himself on the streets due to decisions he made. "Think about it," they concluded as they patronized me. There was no need to continue my arguement with that person.
What they said could be true, but contrary to popular belief, a large percentage of homeless people over 50 years old have lived a conventional life and became homeless in their later years due to finances and lack of outside support. Although there are homeless who have a past filled with drug use, mental disorders and abuse, this is not always the case. Either way, mistakes or not, why treat Walker or anyone else with contempt now?
I encounter homeless people on a daily basis, so I may or may not be doing more of these posts. I believe it's important to work for a cause, not applause, and by posting this I hope that at least someone decides they want to help restore the human in humanity. With all the chaos and loss going on in the world, let's try to be better humans together.

It is a highly emotional experience to revisit places we spent our childhood. Sometimes we need to reflect on where our lives are going by getting in touch with valuable lessons from our past. Other times, we simply want to renew the memories from our upbringing. As soon as I made it to Taxco, memories lurked around every inch of the city, specifically at this convent. Although it is wonderful to have the opportunity to remember my own experiences here, it is equally as powerful to walk these same cobblestone roads my mother and my abuelos had walked. Even more importantly, these same roads and structures were all built by the hands of my own Spanish and Indian ancestors.
I remember being six years old and clutching my mother's hand as we walked through the halls of this historic structure. The Convent of San Bernardino was built in 1592, and it is one of the oldest Spanish convents in the Americas. This convent also has quite the historical significance, as it is the same spot the Plan de Iguala was drafted. This plan ultimately brought independence from Spain, establishing Mexico as its own nation.
In 1855, the Convent of San Bernardino was converted into a school, and nearly one-hundred years later, it was where my mother began her education.
On our visit, my mom took me through a stairway, where there was patchy wallwork on a large area above the stairs. She explained when she was my age, she would pass through this stairway terrified, because she was told the patchwork was to cover where the bodies of the nuns were laid to rest. I never did find out if there was any truth to nuns of the former convent being buried within the walls, but I do remember clutching her hand a little tighter and feeling just as frightened as she must have felt so many decades before.

As a child, I would often travel to Rhode Island and southern Mexico to visit both sets of my grandparents. They have all since passed, but I will always remember the fond memories that were created within their walls. This abandoned home was filled with everything to make up a perfect trip for any grandchild; from a fully stocked playroom, mysterious knick knacks, endless places to hide, plus a huge kitchen for grandma to bake in, it had it all. I can imagine all the wonderful weekends and memories that were created here for grandchildren, who by now, could even be grandparents themselves. Who else has tender memories getting into mischief at their grandparent's home?

No one knows for sure who built this prehistoric structure or why, but around 5000 years ago its construction began. Today, it is one of the seven wonders of the world.
Stonehenge was estimated to take over 1500 years to complete, with around 100 stones in a circular layout. Some stones were brought from quarries over 200 miles away. Some historians claim Stonehenge was constructed to be a place for worship, while others claim it was an ancient burial ground for some or Britains earliest leaders. Cremated bones of adult males were uncovered from the site and it is believed this circular structure was used as a temple for the dead. Others argue it was erected for astronomy purposes. It is said that if one were to stand in the center, it gives them a clear view of the summer-solstice and it worked as an astronomical calculator.
Although we cannot be sure of the true significance of these rocks, that does not stop nearly 1 million annual people from visiting one of the best known prehistoric monuments in all of Europe.

Mother nature gives us constant reminders that she can be beautiful, gentle, yet powerful. From time to time, she will show a darker side to her that is unquestionably equally as fierce. Twelve years ago, a historic storm ravaged the Gulf Coast, leaving a complete state of chaos and devastation across Mississippi, Alabama, but predominately Louisiana.
According to FEMA, Katrina was, "the single most catastrophic natural disaster in US history." Over one million people were displaced, 1800 people lost their lives, and it caused over $150 billion dollars in damages. Katrina was undoubtedly one of the most devastating natural disasters in our nation's history.
Although the government was slow to offer aid during this "perfect storm" of misfortunes, the community and nation pulled together for the victims of Katrina. Reminders of the disaster are still evident, however the people effected by Katrina prevailed and when it came time to rebuild, less vulnerable structures were erected.
Today, as category 4 Hurricane Harvey runs its course, we take our lessons from Katrina. Mother Nature can certainly be unforgiving, but we, as Americans, are a resilient breed of people, and we will ultimately overcome the storm.

Welcome to Malden, Massachusetts. This Boston suburb is home to the first same sex couple to be married in the US, Norman Greenbaum (he sang the one hit wonder, "Spirit in the Sky"), and where the first armed bank robbery in America took place. During the Salem Witch Trials, residents who lived here were accused of witchcraft. This city also played a role in the Revolutionary War, followed by WWI and then in WWII, gun batteries were added to the city's highest point. Have you ever heard of the Converse shoe? It originated right here in Malden.
The reason this city is so special to me is because it is my hometown. I was born and raised in this historic part of the US, and because I grew up here, I spent my childhood exposed to so many different people and cultures. I also was fortunate enough to have ruins and cemeteries from original English settlers right in my backyard. I think we can maybe pinpoint my passion for historic and abandoned places..
What makes your hometown unique? I'd love to hear about your city in the comments!

This is a view looking up into an abandoned cooling tower that is over 800 feet tall.
This tower was once solely responsible for a significant part of the country's overall air pollution, but due to activists and their efforts to shed light on this environmental issue, it was closed over a decade ago. Today, because of the shutdown, much greener sources of energy are now utilized.

If you have ever been guilty of watching that cheesy vampire show called "True Blood", then you may recognize this house from the intro of the show. This eerie house on stilts has quite the historical significance, and I was fortunate enough to chat with a local who was passionate and eager to share the story of Dick and Charlie's Tea House with me.
This "tea house" dates back to the 1800s and is the last standing of about thirty similar structures. Caddo Lake, the only natural lake in Texas that extends into Louisiana, separated two counties. One county was dry with strict alcohol laws, meanwhile, anything was allowed in the other county. These structures were out in the swamp and the only way to reach them was by row boats. People would visit these swamp houses where they would gamble, dance, buy liquor and utilize rooms used as brothels. What a time to be alive on the bayou!
You may notice the sign that posted on the tree. It reads,
"Dick and Charlie’s Tea Room
House Rules:
1. There Ain't None
2. There Never Was None
3. There Ain't Gonna Be None"

Zombie car wants to eat your propanes. ⛽🍽

This state funded insane asylum first opened its doors in 1892 and was built to house up to 500 patients. By the 1920s, the asylum faced significant overcrowding, having more patients than beds. Even after five new buildings were added to accommodate the growing patient population, the facility again faced an overcrowding dilemma. When their population grew to over 2,700, they were turning away all new patients but had no further plans to expand or create a solution for the overcrowded living situations.
In the 1940s, electroshock therapy was a primary source of treatment for schizophrenia, depression and homosexuality. Many people died during these treatments, and when no families would claim them, they were buried on this property among many unmarked graves.
Like all asylums of this time, there are endless accounts of abuse that occurred within these walls. The most heartbreaking are the people who were not insane, but still ended up trapped here under unfortunate circumstances for many years. Seeing that the stories I researched are the people who lived through the experience to tell it, it makes me curious about the ones who didn't have a voice and never escaped this hell on earth, especially within the elderly population.
This facility was abandoned in 1996, however it is still one of the most heavily guarded locations I've ever visited. Whatever atrocities were committed behind this barbed wire fence, the state is doing its best to let time and the elements wash away whatever horrific reminders remain.

A famous artist hired an architect to build this mansion in the early 20th century. The house is a one of a kind design - three cubic areas, designed specifically so the artist could work from home. The first cube was for housing and sleeping, the second triad consisted of the area for office and management, and the third was what is featured in this photo - part of the art gallery. This home design was an original concept and should have been a protected local architectural treasure. Instead, after artist died in the 1930s the home needed regular maintenance but became abandoned. In 2009, there was a major effort to clean up the house and restore it to the historical gem it was. Copper thieves broke into the home the same year, destroying the roof and allowing the powers of mother nature to run her course.
I visited this home many times and watched its rapid decay over the course of three years. It went from still salvageable to beyond repair in such a short period of time. With many floors now collapsed and with such heavy rot, this structure will inevitably soon totally collapse and a local part of history will be lost forever.

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