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One Step Ahead of the Wrecking Ball at the New Castle Elks Lodge
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Front view of the decaying elk head on the third floor. As the area where his eyes were had rotted off (likely exacerbated by mice crawling in to fetch hay out of its head), the wood and other materials used to give the head form are exposed. I hadn't expected there to still be bone and organs inside a taxidermied animal head, but seeing materials like this beneath what was once a living creature's flesh give the impression of some sort of horrific medieval cyborg, an 'old school terminator' as one of my witty friends put it.


Photograph of the New Castle Elk Lodge taken about a month before demolition, by Matthew Christopher of Abandoned America If you'd like to learn more about this location, it is a featured chapter in the book "Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences," which you can order signed copies of here. It's also available (unsigned) through Amazon/Barnes & Noble/Powells/Indiebound/Booksamillion. You may also be interested in my new book, Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream, available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and many other online booksellers across the globe.