Three days in Pennsylvania

This trip has surprised me a lot of different abandoned objects encountered on the way. And this despite the fact that I was not looking for them specifically, but just saw the car as I drove by. Moreover, it was not just crumbling empty houses, and huge mansions, farms, hotels and even a small city. And all this is in excellent condition. As if all the people gathered in one day and just went on vacation, from which he still had not returned. Most of all I was struck by the old city that I met on one of the roads inside the national park.

The feeling of being in a place like this is very strange. Around the unusual silence, and the only sound softly chirping of birds, and occasionally, maybe a bee flies by. Above his head the endless blue sky with high dense clouds, cozy cover up for the sun. Rise above the horizon are beautiful, but not the high mountains with green overgrown slopes. The roadside grow old trees under which you want to sit down and have a drink of ice water, so desirable in the hot summer afternoon. A extinct around the old city, which is looking at you from all sides dozens of empty windows. It looks as though it's not a city, but a living being, whose sleep was disturbed by the casual traveler.

As if you were asleep and you dream work of Stephen King, in which you — the main character, and all the bad that's just about to begin. You got out of his car, which still plays a radio with a popular song, standing on an empty street in the middle of the city with the perfect asphalt and you realize that it's not real, it's just a regular old city on your way. And its inhabitants probably left in the morning on business, and with a minute to go. Right now, because of the angle will seem old red Plymouth with a woman at the wheel and two kids in the back seat. But then look in the window nearest the house, and there's only emptiness, cold and damp smell. And in the next box, the post office is also void and a thick layer of dust on the furniture. And the lock on the church has long been rusted, although the announcement on its doors to cancel tomorrow's meeting seems quite fresh. Then you see the range of manicured lawns, and you realize that does not happen in the abandoned cities manicured lawns. And here it is. And this is even more uncomfortable. I want to pinch myself and wake up soon. But this is not a dream. This is really happening. You're in town Uolpak that is almost on the border of the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

How did it happen, for sure you will ask after reading all. I tell. Uolpak town was founded in 1731 under the name Walpake occurred from the Indian word wahlpeck, that the language of the Lenape tribe who inhabited these places means "whirlpool." It was a typical small town with a small population, which consisted of a dozen houses, lived in agriculture and passing near a road. There were dozens of small towns on both sides of the wide Delaware River. On his life almost did not affect the overall development of the country, except that the roads are wider, and it ran for cars instead of horses. Progress almost did not change the age-old way of life of residents. Someone left the big cities for a long dollar, one remained there and eventually moved to a nearby cemetery. Above the town was still the same endless blue sky, and all around the same endless green fields.

All this lasted until the early 60-ies of the last century, when the government decided to build a hydroelectric dam in the river downstream, resulting in all the surrounding land was to be on the bottom of a huge reservoir. The work on the design and preparation took the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in whose management and handed over all the surrounding land. Naturally, all of the local population was strongly against the government's plans, as a result of which they were to lose the land where their ancestors lived for centuries. The Army began to put pressure pretty tough people, forcing them to sell the land and move to other places, threatening to stop repair and service the surrounding roads, causing them to become unsuitable for the movement of school buses, ambulances and fire engines, and the people themselves will not be able to get to their homes . As a result, many people have fled their homes to sell the land to the state. But the tactics of war was called a terrorist and has caused a rapid response in the press.

As a result, the process joined environmentalists, who were able to prove the planning errors due to unstable soils on-site construction progress which could lead to the destruction of the dam and flooding of many lands. So the project is frozen, the Army temporarily receded, and the many empty houses began to occupy hippies. The yard was the end of the 60s. The more there selilos hippies, the more willing learned of place on the bank of the river, has arrived and took the rest home. In the end, they took almost all the territory and created a huge commune on the New Jersey side. The place they called Cloud Farm, organized on its territory a self-sufficient economy based on love and unity. They called themselves river residents.

Locals, defeating the army, faced with a new plague, which came on their land. Despite the peaceful nature of hippies from them was a lot of noise and dirt, they lived on welfare, devastated the local budget, and often do not want to see the border between his and others. Since the area was still run by the army, the locals had no choice as his recent address to the sworn enemies for help. The army and the government was connected to the issue fully. Hippies were a pain in the heel of American society and they could not miss such a chance.

In 1974, the territory was raided by an army of federal marshals, accompanied by armed soldiers, army bulldozers and other equipment. After the announcement of orders to evict the remaining, of course, no response in the house let tear gas. Hippie with things thrown out on the street and the buildings immediately leveled with the ground, giving them no chance to return.

All of these events finally set up public opinion against the project of construction of the dam, and in 1978 it was canceled at the congress. The land was transferred to the National Forest Service, and then a part of creating a national park. This puts a restriction on new construction and the sale of land owned by the territory.

As a result, by 2010 the population of the town was reduced to 16 residents living in the surrounding farms and some houses in the central part of the city (which is in the photo) was used for the temporary accommodation of employees of the National Park. At the time of my visit all the houses were empty. Perhaps some of them are still occasionally used, but no traces of people I have found.

The town is part of the national park, so care for it, cutting the grass and taking out the garbage that is left in the containers rare tourists.

In the course of more photos of abandoned houses, taken in the vicinity. But this time, without such a rich history. The reason is usually simple — the economic crisis. Abandoned so much that at some point I stopped even stop to see the next farm. And it's all I've met along the main roads. What then happens in the outback?

Abandoned house with a burned tree.

On the porch are still standing chairs with capes.

The group of buildings at the intersection. Two houses.

And two stores.

Apparently, they abandoned not long ago.

All windows are intact.

Year built.

Inside a typical village shop.

Mirror to monitor the room.

The second store. Far away homes.

Once upon a time there was an antique market.

And the store.

Behind everything is overgrown.


This house was in a beautiful spot right in front of the mountainside. Left slope, on the right road and mountain river.

A satellite dish.

Whether traces of last year's hurricane, or vandals have tried.

The house has been around for a long time in that condition. I think five years, no less. It's a pity. Really nice place.

You are certain to bring a natural question: is it possible to come and settle there? I think not. First of all it is not clear to whom it belongs. If it is abandoned, it does not mean that it has no owner. Private ownership in America — a sacred thing. Second, it is the territory of the national park, and the local rangers you quickly calculate, fined and expelled. I think the maximum that can be expected is to spend the night in a few days. And it illegally. To pitch a tent and camp only in designated areas, their pre-paid.

On the way I got deeper into the state of a large abandoned hotel.

It is surprising that despite the general neglect of all the glass intact.

While there are no fences and no protection, and you can easily get inside.

Come on — do not want. I did not go.

The only warning — this is a sign prohibiting unauthorized entry to private property. Even if you collect mushrooms and berries. But penetration without intention, it is not a criminal offense, and violation of such illegal parking, and the maximum that you face — that's fine. Although it can be quite noticeable. Then it was about 2500 dollars. But I think it's upper limit. At the first time is likely to be in the hundreds.

The name of the hotel. It takes quite a large area, and there certainly is where the climb and take pictures of that.

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