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Becky Baugh ๐Ÿ  I photograph abandoned/historic places across the US and Europe. All photos are mine. โŒPlease do not DM me asking for coordinates/shoutouts/follows.โŒ

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.

The only life to have ever inhabited these thirty-five luxury homes have been wasps. Although these multi-million dollar structures are only a decade old, they've never seen a day of human occupation. The developer went ahead with this project without getting proper approval from the city. The project was shut down when the developer was caught in bank fraud, using the bank's money for his own personal use instead of building this now ghost town.
The man responsible for the downfall of these houses remains in jail while his dreams of this community fall deeper and deeper into apocalyptic like ruins. All windows and doors have been broken, every house has been vandalized and all the copper has been stolen. These structures have seen better days, but with some sewer lines, roads, and a whole lot of TCL, they've still got American dream potential.

Zoom in for free chili.

In 1856, a businessman opened the doors of prosperous textile manufacturing company. Years later, his son took over the business and built himself a lavish mansion next to the factory. The son was a connoisseur of music, so he had this chapel built, complete with his antique organ with a manufacturing date of 1748 painted on it. The chapel building included other hobby rooms and workshops, but nothing nearly as grand as the music room.
It wasn't until WW2 that the family textile factory was destroyed in a German air raid, and even though it was rebuilt, it never saw the same success it had prior to the bombings. It eventually sold to another family and stayed in operation until 1981.
The widow of the final factory owner occupied the mansion up until 2000, but when her mother suddenly fell terminally ill, the widow left to take care of her. From the way she left the estate, it appears she was planning on coming back, however she never did, and it is unknown as to why.
Throughout the years of vacancy, the house was frequented by looters, vagrants and most unfortunately, arsonists. Despite the city's best efforts to secure the mansion, it did not succeed. In the summer of 2014, an arsonist completely destroyed the widow's gorgeous, historic home, along with all of her possessions. When the flames burnt out, they left nothing more than an empty shell on the verge of collapse. Today, all that remains are the once elaborate gardens, now devastated with overgrowth, plus this music room, with the barely surviving organ that is nearly 270 years old.

To save space in a gigantic wash room, workers were assigned one of these hangers to store their possessions. Showers were provided for the employees of this now deserted coal mine, so they could clean up and change into fresh clothes after a long, difficult and dirty day in the mine. When not in use, these storage hangers were simply pulled up to the ceiling, securing all belongings high above the wash room until the mine workers were ready to clean up and go home to their families.
To my surprise, while exploring this location, I realized the wash rooms took up a significant portion of the factory. There were open shower bays, then there were also individual assigned showers, with names engraved on each one. It made me wonder if there were different hierarchies within the workers, and how assignments of personal showers would be determined or earned.
This factory closed many years ago, and it's quite apparent that this once thriving city never fully recovered from the economic loss.

@wunderkammer.art and I had a rough urban exploration weekend complete with sleeping in tents/vans, getting rained out and accidently stealing lighters. That is not even mentioning how we were caught inside another abandoned house by the property owner (almost arrested), we were easily deterred and left when we saw a "no urbexing" sign on an entrance, followed by finding this house had JUST been sealed shut.
This was the exact moment we realized we suck at urbexing. ๐Ÿ˜†
I don't know much about this home, but we could still peer through some windows and see that it was a house full of furniture left behind. I would never, ever enter a place that wasn't completely open because I don't need a breaking and entering charge, so I settled on simply taking photos of the exterior.

There's not many places that are more depressing than a nursing home, until you discover an abandoned nursing home. This room is where all the medical records were kept. If you zoom in, you can see they're dated from the 70s. This was definitely one of the more eerie places I've ever explored, with patient rooms still fully furnished but in deep decay. I hate to think that not only has the building been disposed of, but perhaps even the people living out their lives were left and forgotten.

I keep seeing Eltz Castle listed under abandoned places when it in fact is not abandoned at all. This authentic Germany castle was built over 850 years ago, with the same family still inhabiting it. Two-thirds of this location are open for tours seasonally, however the 33rd generation of owners reside year round in the remaining, private sectors.
What makes Eltz so unique is the fact that dozens of wars inevitably destroyed most castles, but due to this location, it was never heavily damaged. Because of this, Eltz is one of the best preserved and most beautiful castles in the entire world.

It is argued that the building of these fortresses was the single most costly fail in warfare, but on the other side of the spectrum, these structures did exactly what they were intended to. They did stop the Germans from invading the border, however the French made a grave mistake and underestimated their enemy.. The Maginot Line is the greatest defensive barrier since the Great Wall of China. Deep below the earth, along the German border in France, you will find the remaining 500 miles of interconnecting tunnels and railways of these fortresses. Each fortress was heavily armed, had barracks that could hold hundreds of troops, and had everything from kitchens to infirmaries.
France built these very costly military fortifications after World War 1 to prevent the invasion of the much larger German military. The French were convinced that the Maginot Line would have stopped any enemy attack coming from the German border, and they were somewhat correct. They did however fail to recognize German troops could violate the neutrality of Belgium and attack through the northern Belgium border. The Germans did just that in 1940, invading through Belgium, capturing Paris and conquering France in less than a few weeks. The enemy had gone around the Maginot Line.
Today the Maginot Line is no longer used or maintained. This photo is not from a museum but from myself plus a handful of German adrenaline junkies creeping around extremely dangerous places of the underworld.
What is shown here is a collapsed ammunition elevator that leads up to a rail specifically designed to carry troops and oversized ammo. There were dozens of empty ammunition crates left behind that had once made the journey through this elevator.
Could you imagine what life was like during wartime and inside these massive fortresses?

This farmhouse was one of the best preserved abandoned homes I've ever had the pleasure of shooting. Sadly, upon revisiting, it has been sealed and everything inside had been removed. I wonder what was done with all the letters, photos, handmade furniture and other intricate little details that had been left behind decades ago. Hopefully some of it found a loving new home.
PS - Kudos to the owner of this tripod for allowing me to tag along on all these urbex tours, plus teaching me tons about photography! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ˜

In the 1800s, Mormon families settled some of the most remote parts of the American Southwest in hopes of establishing communities and obtaining religious freedoms. This cabin was built in 1882, but within a year the harsh conditions, isolation and flash floods that washed crops away forced the family of thirteen to seek out a more habitable home. This family moved to higher ground and are known for becoming one of the first families to successfully settle the area.

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