Archive for December, 2014

Riverside Hospital

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The Riverside Hospital opened its doors to the unwed mothers of northern Toledo in 1883, under supervision of the Sisters of Mercy. Today the building is owned by the Toledo public school system, and has been left to the extreme Ohio climate. In the bigger portions of the building, 8 stories of hospital floors stand, untouched since 2002 when the hospital finally closed its doors. Rusty kitchen equipment remains in an abandoned cafeteria on the ground level, operating tables covered in blood still eerily stand on the surgeon floor, once clean; now soiled linens sit nicely folded in the basement and patient files remain tucked away in a filing room. Blood samples cover the laboratory floor in plastic vials, old televisions still bolted to walls in holding rooms. Its quite the sight for a die hard explorer, but the cost is much greater. I promise. Yesterday, my exploring group had the opportunity to explore, and we took it. Approaching the building, fresh sawdust blew around on the ground as if they updated their security the prior day, and no visible entrances were readily available…. I’m not gonna tell you how we entered, but we did… After exploring the entire building for a few hours, we decided it was time to head out before sun went down…. but one room remained a secret… WHERE IS THE MORGUE? We scoured the building close to loading docks hoping we’d find it, but no luck, so we kept going down the basement hallway and wouldn’t you know it…. a light in an abandoned hallway.. what?? We passed the light which was hidden behind a door, much like a boiler room.. and stumbled across an extension cord that was lit up, of course we had to follow it. After close to 200 feet, the extension cord came to an end and tucked itself behind a locked door; no biggie. We backtracked and really decided to leave this time, heading toward a stair case, we opened the door and two feet in… motion sensor. We made ourselves back to the second floor only to find the building surrounded by cop cars and local security. We sat in a corner and waited to hear someone tell us come out, which never happened, instead we turned the next corner to find guns in our faces complimentary of Toledo’s police station. Although the sight was one to never be unseen, attending court to clear a warrant for criminal trespassing is not worth it. Luckily all charges were dropped and thankfully Toledo’s court system was cool enough to want to see our photos from the shindig. Needless to say, DO NOT TRY TO EXPLORE THIS BUILDING. YOU WILL GET CAUGHT AND YOU WILL BE CHARGED.

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Hallways spin off into empty rooms, second floor corridor; offices and outpatient rooms.

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On the roof, air conditioning units give off that “green house” vibe with the mossy layers.

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Abandoned bathrooms, the usual.

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The weirdest part; random stair well lights flicker on and off throughout the entire building.

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Ceilings slowly start to fall in the weaker parts of the building.

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An operating table still stands, soiled in blood. Creepiest thing you could possibly find.

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Lima Tuberculosis Hospital

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Ottawa Valley Hospital, more commonly known as the Lima Tuberculosis Hospital, today stands hidden behind a wall of trees and local homes. Opened in 1911, only with enough room for 24 patients, was later upgraded to a facility capable of housing 138 patients at a time. Bloody coughs, chronic coughing, fevers, sweating and extreme weight loss are all signs of the dreaded airborne disease we all know and hate – Tuberculosis, which would land you a room in this historical treatment facility. By 1960, around 5000 patients had received their treatment here, which by the way; required three to five years of care. During a five month span in 1917, the Board of Health recorded 18 deaths due to tuberculosis. 1970 marks the last year the hospitals doors were open, now no doors or windows remain. Open to the elements, every wall in the building is chipping paint, the floors are broken and littered, and atop the building, a lonely tree grows on a desolate rooftop.

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The building remains but a skeleton from the past. No windows, no doors.

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An old surgical room stands, the emptiest its ever been.

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Metal lockers rust to the point that they resemble wood.

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Floors collapse and take their memories with them, left to sit in a pile of rubble until the building is demolished. This building is as incredible as you believe it is. The aura makes it such a tough place to leave. Although easy for my group and I to access, I would STRONGLY consider your decision to enter, since the building is surrounded by a neighborhood, and actively swept through. Along with trespassing danger, i would also recommend being EXTREMELY careful due to the lack of flooring, and the dense air that could contain something sickly. If you decide to visit, BE CAREFUL and enjoy your trip, respect this building so it can be visited by future explorers. xoxo

The Duck Factory

Woodhill Supply Inc, otherwise more popularly known as “The Duck Factory.” Woodhill is a supply company that offers everything pipe fabrication to bath and kitchen necessities (which would explain the shattered porcelain all over this building. Although a successful company, I’m still unsure of how this building became abandoned, even after hours of research. Locals refer to this building as “The Duck Factory” due to the unruly amounts of little rubber duckies scattered around the interior. It is believed to have been a storage center for items affiliated with the local fairs, which would make sense with the ducks and weird containers of yogurt. I am in love with this building, aside from the damage to the roof, causing it to cave-in in certain entrances. If you decide to visit, remember to only leave your footprints.

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Chippewa Lake Amusement Park

Fully operational from 1878-1978, finally closed due to poor attendance. My partner (Jake) and I finally got the chance to view the place before winter came, and let me tell you, it was nothing we had anticipated. Hidden in the middle of Medina County, in a patch of grassy land and whatnot, stands the remnants of this once beloved park. A rickety ferris wheel, whom has forgotten the feeling of occupation; a lonely teacup ride, two overgrown bathrooms and a flipped car with nasty words painted on it. Its always sad to see such a monumental place be left behind to succumb to the elements, but it happens time and time again. Remember to take your pictures, and leave your footprints. Marvel in the beauty of the abandoned.

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