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Blue Ghost Tunnel

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Blue Ghost Tunnel is located in Thorold, Ontario, Canada. For such a simple structure, the tunnel has a very storied past. It has been known by four different names, operated for approximately 40 years, was the sight of a horrific train collision and sits a short distance from a flooded grave site.

The tunnel's construction began in 1875 by Great Western Railway and was finish a year later. When the tunnel was completed, it was 665 feet in length. In 1882, Great Western Railway was purchased and merged with Grand Truck Railway.

The tunnel was active throughout the 1880s, until a double tracked swing bridge was built a short distance north of its location. From that point forward, the tunnel was used with less frequency. In 1903, the tunnel was the sight of a head on train collison which killed two workers. By 1915, the tunnel had become abandoned and became known as Merritton Tunnel.

By the 1920s, the Fourth Welland Canal was to be constructed. South of the tunnel lay an old abandoned cemetery, which would eventually end up flooded by the pondage area of the new canal. Of the 913 graves, only 250 were removed before the flooding occurred. To this day, there are still watery remnants of the graveyard's tombstones south of the Blue Ghost Tunnel.

Abandoned Christmas

Monday, December 8, 2014

Associating abandoned places with Christmas might seem like a dark topic to explore. Fortunately, my experience with the combination has been rare; the two locations were spread across disparate states in America.

This little shack on the side of the highway was the real estate office for Santa Claus, Arizona. The abandoned town, which is located approximately 100 miles south of Las Vegas, was founded in 1937 as a tourist destination to celebrate Christmas. It thrived until its decline in the 1970s. In 1983, the entire town was listed for sale for the price of $95,000. The last business closed in 1995.

I've written about the abandoned Holley High School in a previous article. This former classroom's floor was strewn with Christmas decorations and children's toys.

Nara Dreamland's Train Crossing

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Nara Dreamland is an abandoned theme park in Nara, Japan (east of Osaka). It was built in 1961 and was essentially a copy of Disneyland in California. The opening of Universal Studios was a crushing blow to Nara Dreamland's dwindling attendance and, on August 31, 2006, the park closed permanently.

Exploring the theme park, during an extremely foggy and damp April morning was hauntingly surreal.

Looking Down on Toronto from the CN Tower's Skypod

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Oh, you know...just a little case of vertigo while looking down on Toronto from the CN Tower's Skypod.

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Springdale, Newfoundland

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Sometimes, the abandoned places I photograph include a personal story.

Springdale is a small town on the northern coast of Newfoundland. I was placed there with a foster family for the first few months of my life. Shortly thereafter, I was adopted and moved to a farm in Ontario.

I made a pilgrimage to Springdale in 2007. Naturally, I stumbled across an abandoned building while exploring the harbour.

I'm not sure if I find the abandoned places or if they find me!

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