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A Roadmap of Abandoned America

Posted: 07th December 2017
In: News

Hello, and welcome to Abandoned America, one of the most comprehensive collections of derelict sites on the internet. I've been building this site for over ten years, and it's it's a bit of a labyrinth at this point, so I'm here to help you find your way.

The largest and most important part of the website is the collection of photo galleries from various abandoned locations around the United States. You can easily navigate the site to find them through the menu at the top of the page. When viewing a gallery you can go to the next (or previous) image using the arrow keys on a desktop or just swiping left or right on your cell phone or tablet. Here's a quick primer on what the galleries are:

Latest Additions: If you visit the site frequently, this will show you all the newest photos, when they were added, and where.

360 Degree Panoramas: You can now view some of the sites I've visited as though you were standing there - it's pretty amazing! Look around inside one using your cell phone, desktop, or even a VR headset!

Business and Industry: Theaters, hotels, malls, factories, and other commercial/industrial sites can be found here. Some of the more exotic highlights include an abandoned ocean liner, the Hershey Chocolate Factory, a trolley graveyard, and an abandoned amusement park - but there are many, many more.

Government and Social Institutions: This gallery encompasses a variety of civic buildings including asylums, prisons, schools, poor houses, hospitals, and more. Some highlights include an eerie abandoned Elks Lodge, the US Air Force's aircraft boneyard, and Ellis Island's communicable disease hospital, to name a few.

Religious and Residential: This listing contains churches and other religious sites, homes and neighborhoods, and graveyards. Some highlights include the ghost town of Bodie, California, the demolition of St. Bonaventure, and the city of Gary, Indiana although there are many others.

Most Popular: If you're just starting out here, you might want to check out what the most viewed images are and where to find them.

Displaced Photos: Sometimes I don't have enough images from a site for a whole gallery, so this area is a random collection of neat places I haven't had a chance to really flesh out. You'll find anything from an abandoned orphanage to a famous boxing ring here.

Books and Prints
There are currently two Abandoned America books, The Age of Consequences and Dismantling the Dream, which chronicle the stories of some of the most interesting locations on my website in much greater detail. If you'd like a signed copy or a full list of what stores carry them and international sellers, visit this link for more info.

If you're interested in purchasing a print, each image on the site has a link beneath it that says "Buy This Photo Here!" - this will give you prices and direct you through the checkout options. If you have any questions, you can email me at admin (at) abandonedamerica.org

This website is kept online and ad-free thanks to book and print sales; if you enjoy the work here consider any purchases an investment in keeping Abandoned America online and updated with new material!

Social Media
You can follow Abandoned America on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more updates on events, new images/galleries, and print/book giveaways. I also recommend signing up for the email list; I do not sell this info to third parties and the updates average about once a month.

Photography Workshops
For the last few years I've been teaching photography workshops at a small selection of the locations I visit. They are all legal and done with full cooperation of property owners, who receive a portion of the proceeds for each event. Workshops generally begin to post at the beginning of the calendar year on this listing page; the best way to keep up to date is signing up for the email list. You can also check out the Workshop FAQ here or join the Facebook photo workshops group to see the terrific work produced by photographers on past events.

This one is pretty simple. Just follow this link for a (by no means comprehensive) list of essays on the website. Others can be found scattered throughout the galleries themselves.

My name is Matthew Christopher, and this website is a collection of my work. If you'd like to read more on my bio or the website mission, follow this link. You can also read an overall site FAQ, sign my guestbook (which I admit is an antiquated feature but I can't bring myself to get rid of it), check my poorly updated list of upcoming events and past events or (better yet) view them on Facebook, as well as see a listing of press Abandoned America has received. You can also sign up for the ol' email list I mentioned. You can also email me at admin (at) abandonedamerica.org but please bear in mind that unfortunately the lack of staff to respond means that non-business inquiries often fall through the cracks and Abandoned America is also unable to reply to requests for information on how to find/access/gain permission to buildings, what cameras to buy, feedback on photographs, or career advice - don't take it personally, I'd reply to them all if I could!

That should about cover it! I'm glad to have you here and hope you'll enjoy these places as much as I do. They are haunting reminders of our past, and show who we are, were, and perhaps will become.

Matthew Christopher
Founder of Abandoned America
If you are interested in purchasing an Abandoned America print, please follow this link!

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