42 Empty Spaces


Crowds are fascinating to watch (see our 42 Really Big Crowds) and so are empty places.  Abandoned, evacuated, destroyed or never completed spaces that were built to be full of people are particularly haunting, thought provoking and sometimes even unexpectedly beautiful.  Here are 42 empty spaces that were built to be busy.

1.  Chloride Arizona Gas Station by Kevin Cole  2.  Unfinished Water Park in Russia (project ran out of money)  3.  Abandoned house in Bannack Montana by Patty Pickett 4.  Abandoned Tastykake Factory in Philadelphia Pa. (via @ruinporn) 5.  Port Mulgrave Mine in UK (via Phil D) 6.  Abandoned Mom and Pop Grocer in Detroit (via detroitliger)  7.  Former Essex County Jail in NJ  8.  Dankin Saskatchewan Grain Elevator (via bonedad) 9.  Palace Amusements Asbury Park, NJ  10.  Okpo Land Duck Themed Park in South Korea,  11.  Abandoned Copper Mine Town of Kennecott Alaska 12.  Airport in Nicosia Cyprus Ceased Commercial Operations after Turkish invasion in 1974. 13.  Village of Graun, South Tyrol Italy (town drowned by artificial lake)  14.  Shipwreck in Oregon, US  15.  Maunsaull Sea Forts in the Thames, England built for defense during WWII.  16.  Overgrown Train Tracks in Klevin Ukraine  17.  Bolivian Train Graveyard  18.  Divine Lorraine Hotel, Philadelphia (former luxury apartments turned hotel, awaiting redevelopment) 19.  Takakanonuma Greenland, Hobara Japan (closed)  20.  Under Water Billiard Room, Surrey England (empty and sealed)  21.  Sarajevo Boblsed Track (never dismantled after 1984 Olympics)  22.  House on Kerry Way Path  in Ireland 23. Halcyon Hall at Bennett Womens College (closed in 1978)  24.  Riverside Hospital North Brother Island NY  25.  Methodist Church in Gary Indiana   26.  Ghost Town Village of Glenrio in Texas and New Mexico   27.  Abandoned City Hall Subway Station in New York City  28.  Grossingers Catskills Resort in NY  29.  Kullman Car Diner on West Street in NYC  30.  Ghost town of Orla Texas  31.  Former railroad town of Thurmond West Virginia  32.  Varosha District of Famagusta Cyprus after Turkish Invasion  33.  Oradour Sur Glane, France ruins after WWII   34. Disneys River Country, Permanently Closed 35.  Pripyat Ukraine abandoned after Chernobyl Disaster,  36. Frontier Drive-In Colorado by Craig Deman   37.  Gullivers Kingdom in Japan  38.  Six Flags New Orleans Post Katrina  39. Holland Island Chesapeake Bay Maryland (no longer standing) 40.  Kolmanskop Namibia Ghost Town Buried by Sand  41. Xanadu Unfinished Project Meadowlands NJ  42.  Abandoned UFO Houses Sanzhi Taiwan

[learn_more caption=”Photo Credits”] 1.  Chloride Arizona Gas Station by Kevin Cole  2.  Unfinished Water Park in Russia (project ran out of money)  3.  Abandoned house in Bannack Montana by Patty Pickett 4.  Abandoned Tastykake Factory in Philadelphia Pa. (via @ruinporn) 5.  Port Mulgrave Mine in UK (via Phil D) 6.  Abandoned Mom and Pop Grocer in Detroit (via detroitliger)  7.  Former Essex County Jail in NJ  8.  Dankin Saskatchewan Grain Elevator (via bonedad) 9.  Palace Amusements Asbury Park, NJ  10.  Okpo Land Duck Themed Park in South Korea,  11.  Abandoned Copper Mine Town of Kennecott Alaska 12.  Airport in Nicosia Cyprus Ceased Commercial Operations after Turkish invasion in 1974. 13.  Village of Graun, South Tyrol Italy (town drowned by artificial lake)  14.  Shipwreck in Oregon, US  15.  Maunsaull Sea Forts in the Thames, England built for defense during WWII.  16.  Overgrown Train Tracks in Klevin Ukraine  17.  Bolivian Train Graveyard  18.  Divine Lorraine Hotel, Philadelphia (former luxury apartments turned hotel, awaiting redevelopment) 19.  Takakanonuma Greenland, Hobara Japan (closed)  20.  Under Water Billiard Room, Surrey England (empty and sealed)  21.  Sarajevo Boblsed Track (never dismantled after 1984 Olympics)  22.  House on Kerry Way Path  in Ireland 23. Halcyon Hall at Bennett Womens College (closed in 1978)  24.  Riverside Hospital North Brother Island NY  25.  Methodist Church in Gary Indiana   26.  Ghost Town Village of Glenrio in Texas and New Mexico   27.  Abandoned City Hall Subway Station in New York City  28.  Grossingers Catskills Resort in NY  29.  Kullman Car Diner on West Street in NYC  30.  Ghost town of Orla Texas  31.  Former railroad town of Thurmond West Virginia  32.  Varosha District of Famagusta Cyprus after Turkish Invasion  33.  Oradour Sur Glane, France ruins after WWII   34. Disneys River Country, Permanently Closed 35.  Pripyat Ukraine abandoned after Chernobyl Disaster,  36. Frontier Drive-In Colorado by Craig Deman   37.  Gullivers Kingdom in Japan  38.  Six Flags New Orleans Post Katrina  39. Holland Island Chesapeake Bay Maryland (no longer standing) 40.  Kolmanskop Namibia Ghost Town Buried by Sand  41. Xanadu Unfinished Project Meadowlands NJ  42.  Abandoned UFO Houses Sanzhi Taiwan[/learn_more]

 

 

 

21 Comments

  1. Schlitz001

    July 9, 2013 at 4:30 am

    This smells like a Pip’s 42, which are my favorite 42.

    • Morgan : from parts unknown

      July 9, 2013 at 8:10 am

      I agree with you, if he did this 42 then call him butter, because he’s on a roll.

  2. The Unblinking Spyder

    July 9, 2013 at 6:43 am

    43…That big empty space between your ears.

  3. Morgan : from parts unknown

    July 9, 2013 at 8:10 am

    I want to live in a hut on the water

  4. lastlaugh

    July 9, 2013 at 9:15 am

    You forgot inside Chris Stanley’s many redundant scrunchies.

  5. Badmotherrucker

    July 9, 2013 at 9:15 am

    When I was teen, my friends and I would grab some beers, and drive to Jungle Habitat. It was an abandoned, drive thru safari in West Milford N.J. Good times.

  6. Plastic Thoughts

    July 9, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Nothing more haunting than the relics of our ambitions.

  7. TheSeaMammals

    July 9, 2013 at 10:01 am

    The Xanadu pic is just a jab at NJ which goes unappreciated!

    • JoshFromEaston

      July 9, 2013 at 4:28 pm

      TheSeaMammals I remember at one point they wanted to put a Cabela’s there, but Bloomberg flipped his shit at the idea of so many guns being a tunnel ride away from his city.

  8. clemato

    July 9, 2013 at 10:47 am

  9. Bob08857

    July 9, 2013 at 11:10 am

    History of Oradour Sur Glane: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oradour-sur-Glane  Really tragic.

    • tripleogtim

      July 9, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      Bob08857 Wow that was a crazy fucking story

    • clemato

      July 10, 2013 at 10:20 am

      Bob08857 – Incredibly horrible.   It reminds me of “The Reader” by Bernhard Schlink, but I get the feeling that massacres of innocent people inside churches was commonplace during the Fuhrer’s reign.

      • Bob08857

        July 11, 2013 at 11:17 am

        Not only during Hitler’s reign.  The German Army had perpetrated similar atrocities during WWI as well.

  10. HIMcDunnough

    July 9, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    i feel like i need a tetanus shot

  11. archg2

    July 9, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    An abandoned theme park just creeps me out.

  12. psumek

    July 9, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    The abandoned turnpike in PA is cool.  They use it for a bunch of “Apocalypse” movies since it is highways & tunnels.  You can walk it too.
    http://www.pahighways.com/toll/abandonedturnpike.html

  13. Harold Brubek

    July 10, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    I’ve kind of been obsessed with abandoned buildings, cities, etc. since I was a kid.  Looks like my afternoon will be filled with Wikipedia and google earth.   Sorry work.

  14. violentXtremist

    July 10, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Isn’t that first one where Vanilla Ice took his broke down motorcycle?

  15. Mike

    July 14, 2013 at 3:51 pm

  16. FERREL

    October 28, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Looks like Detroit in the summer time