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Saipan La Fiesta Mall ruins

We took a weekend trip to Saipan for the weekend, mostly to do some bird watching and exploring. Turns out that Saipan is a HOTBED for abandoned places to explore, both military and civil. This is the first of 3 posts, with lots of photos behind the cut.

La Fiesta Mall was the largest mall in the Marianas while it was in use between 1992 and 2004. Japan Airways pulled out of Saipan and tourism never recovered. The site was abandoned and has not found any new investment.

Certainly one of the coolest and extensive ruins I've been able to explore!

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Wake Up, Community!

I had to share this town...

Brownsville, PA sits on the National Road and has a beautiful historic downtown. It was once very bustling. However, due to a number of reasons, nearly all of the buildings are vacant. Despite this, there are efforts to maintain the history and streetscape. Let's visit, shall we?

Brownsville
Looking up the street.

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Clicking on any of the photos will take you to my Flickr photostream where there are many more pictures of Brownsville.

That's all.. if anyone is still alive out there in the LJ-Ether.. hope you enjoyed it.
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Grafton

Hello again, I'm still home sick so here's another Rundown Town photodump!

This time we'll visit Grafton, WV, a formerly booming railroad town.. now a hometowny little place looking for it's niche.

Grafton Hotel & Railroad station

Grafton's hotel was an important railroad stop.. the lobby faced the tracks. It's been abandoned for many years but is being semi-protected and is theoretically "mothballed," so isn't falling into further decay, hopefully. The neighboring train station has been converted into a very nice museum.

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Thanks and enjoy!
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Long time, no post.

Hello everyone.

It's probably been years since I've posted here... but this week I'm home sick with a horrible cough and thought maybe I'd share some photos with communities that still seemed to be semi-active. Over the last year I've had a great time exploring a lot of small towns in my surrounding area. I thought you might like to see pictures from some of my adventures. I can break it up into chunks by town.. in fact.. I think I will. So if you like this I'll post a lot more!

Masonic Temple

The Masonic Temple in Fairmont, WV stands tall but abandoned.

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Thanks, if you liked it, I have lots more sets of lots more towns!
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