The former train depot in Dwight offers beautiful architectural details (as we’ll also see in tomorrow’s post).
Buckle up for my Route 66 mini-series! Over the next two weeks, I’ll post photos from a late-march trip along a portion of Historic Route 66. While this series runs, I’ll be working on the last series in this series: Industrial Heartland. Eaves, Chris (March […]
Here’s another photo from the archives and one I’ve published in a few iterations of my website. Known as the “Ruinas del Faro de Guánica,” the abandoned Guánica lighthouse, pictured above, dates back to 1893. I’ve named this photo “Sentinel” in honor of Robustiano Rivera, […]
A police trailer sits inside the secure area and appears to offer video surveillance of the property. Even though it closed seven years ago, the area still feels recently abandoned. Eaves, Chris (March 16, 2020). Abandoned Government No. 7 [Photograph]. Dwight, Ill. Shot on a […]
The Dwight Correctional Center, which was also known as Oakdale Reformatory for Women and the Illinois Penitentiary for Women at Dwight, closed in 2013 after a round of state budget cuts. The facility first opened in 1930.
- Eaves, Chris (March 16, 2020). Abandoned Government No. 6 [Photograph]. Dwight, Ill. Shot on a Canon 6D at 25mm, 1/320 sec., f8 at ISO400.
Approaching an open bunker is eerie. The sound from your feet collects in the bunker and bounces back at you like a giant megaphone. Thankfully nothing was living inside this one. Eaves, Chris (March 16, 2020). Abandoned Government No. 4 [Photograph]. Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, […]
Some bunkers remain locked, while others have had their asbestos-laden doors removed or propped open. In 1942, one of the plants supplying the bunkers exploded. The blast was felt “for a radius of 100 miles.”(1) Despite the severity of the calamity, the other 11 production facilities at the site remained in operation.
- Eaves, Chris (March 16, 2020). Abandoned Government No. 3 [Photograph]. Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Ill. Shot on a Canon 6D at 35mm, 1/125 sec., f8 at ISO400.
(1) Associated Press, “Explosion Fails To Jar Morale”, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Washington, Sunday 7 June 1942, Volume 60, Number 24, page 3.)
Here’s the locked door to one of the ammunition bunkers at the former Joliet Arsenal. The nearly 400 bunkers were designed to contain an ordnance explosion, and the steel doors, like this one here, contain asbestos. Disassembly of each bunker costs approximately $50,000. As such, […]
For the next two weeks, I’ll release images in a short “Abandoned Government” series and offer a bit of history with each photo. Seen here is an ammunition bunker on the grounds of the former Joliet Arsenal. The arsenal opened in 1940, ceased production in […]
As modern agribusiness continues its march over small farms, scenes such as this have become more common. Here you can see in the far distance the new standard structure: sheet-metal buildings.
- Eaves, Chris (March 21, 2020). Abandoned Americana No. 18 [Photograph]. Marengo, Ill. Shot on a Canon 6D at 35mm, 1/500 sec., f8 at ISO200.