Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Empire Building

The Empire Building features a terra-cotta fascade, and was erected in 1909. After the completion of the building, the corner it stands on became known as the "Heaviest corner on Earth", due to the corner featuring the four tallest buildings in the South, at the time. In 1964, City National Bank purchased the building, and it was used as a bank building until 2009, when Colonial Bank closed. The building is currently being stripped for renovations into a 117 room luxury hotel. As a result, every floor features a stripped, empty room.

Empire Building

The View

The Rooms

Dump Shaft

Parking Lines





No Pull

The Staircase







The Vent

All These Lights

Heat Sinker

The Top

Lonely Chair

Carrier Has Arrived


Tools of the Trade


Elevator Motor

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Memorial Mound

This location was a real surprise. We expected an abandoned, empty funeral home. Turns out it was much, much worse than that.

This abandoned "mausoleum", if you can call it that, was built partially underground, and then covered with rocks and soil. The idea was to create a perpetual care place of rest. Obviously very few bought into the idea, and the Mound was forced to close down. Everything about the place is off. The way the "mausoleum" section was designed, as an open room with racks, the way the caskets were simply placed onto the racks.

Today, the Mound has been broken into and scrapped. It appears that human remains were left behind when the building was abandoned. Illegal? Possibly. Ethically questionable? Certainly. Will this place ever be cleaned out, or will the forgotten bodies of the deceased be left behind?

Update : According to a contact, the FBI is now involved in this case, though that may not be true. One would hope that efforts to clean up the place, or at least secure it, are under way.
Update two : The Bessemer Police have sealed this location, and an investigation has begun. A skull was stolen from one of the coffins

Memorial Mound

Enter the Forgotten

Priced to Sit

Open Casket


Imbalm Me


Monday, October 13, 2014

Atop Ruffner Mountain

Atop Birmingham's Ruffner Mountain sits the abandoned Wharton Fire Tower.The tower, built in 1941, fell into disuse in the '70s once increased development and cheap aircraft fire spotting obsoleted the tower.

During its time of use, one or two men would climb the tower and stand vigil, looking for fires in the forests. If one was spotted, they used a rangefinding device to relay the location of the fire to the proper authorities. The tower also served as a mounting point for a radio navigation beacon, aiding pilots on their way to the Birmingham Municipal Airport. Today, the tower is used for a Birmingham School educational program, and possibly for some other radio services. The hum of electrical equipment can be heard coming from the locked doors of the building at the base of the tower. Entry to the top of the tower requires a tall ladder, as the stairs leading to ground level have been removed, climbing safety equipment, and a strong nerve. Many of the wooden stairs are rotted or missing altogether. The doors to the transmitter building have bullet holes in them.

Whatron Tower Afar

The Hike

Radio Warnings

Shot Up

Big Guy

Dangerous Fields

Wharton Fire Tower Below

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Cave Tour

This small cave was once open for tours, and featured a small boat dock at the bottom so you could paddle out on the underground lake. The tour business fell victim to the recession, and is now closed.
We turned on the breakers, and surprisingly, the location still has power. Some of the lights left behind in the cave came to life. Whoever owns this property is still paying the power bill.

Shadows and Highlights

Cave Lights

Shine From Beyond


Crystalline Entity

Detail Dirt

Yellow Light

Flow and Curtains

Rocky Substance

Cave Falls

The docks now float randomly inside the cave's lake. The boats have either sunk, or been removed.

Abandoned Dock

Above and Below