Three Days in Pennsylvania - a deserted edge
This trip has surprised me a lot of different abandoned objects encountered on the road. And this despite the fact that I was not looking for them specifically, but just saw the car as I drove past.
These were not just empty houses collapsed, and huge mansions, farms, hotels, and even a small town. 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 town, which 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 hear only birds chirping softly, and occasionally can bee fly past. Above the head of the endless blue sky with high clouds dense, cozy cover up a sun. Rise above the horizon are beautiful, but not high mountain overgrown with green slopes. On roadsides grow old trees, under which it would be desirable to sit down and have a drink of ice water, as desired during the hot summer afternoon. And extinct around the old town, which looks at you from all sides by dozens of empty boxes. It looks as though it is not a city, but a living creature, whose sleep was disturbed by a random traveler.
As if you were asleep and you dream of a work by Stephen King, in which you - the main character, and all the worst is about to begin only. You got out of his car, which still plays a radio with some popular song, standing on the empty street in the middle of the city with a perfect asphalt and you realize that it's not really, it's just a regular old town on your way. And its inhabitants probably left this morning on business, and in a minute should come back. Right now, because of the angle it will seem old red Plymouth with a woman behind the wheel and two kids in the back seat. But then you look in the window of the nearest house, and there is only emptiness, the cold and the smell of damp. And in the neighboring window of the post office, too, emptiness and a thick layer of dust on the furniture. And the lock on the church has long been rusted, although classified its doors tomorrow on the abolition of the meeting seems to be quite fresh. Then you see all around manicured lawns, and you realize that is not in the abandoned cities manicured lawns. And there is. And this becomes even more uncomfortable. I want to pinch yourself and wake up soon. But this is not a dream. It's really happening. You're in town Uolpak that is almost on the border of New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
How did it happen, for sure you ask after reading all. I tell. Uolpak town was founded in 1731 under the name Walpake, descended from the Indian word wahlpeck, in the language of the Lenape tribe who inhabited these places mean "maelstrom". It was a typical small town with a small population, which consisted of a dozen households, living in agriculture and passing beside the road. There were dozens of towns on both sides of the broad Delaware River. On his life almost did not affect the overall development of the country, except that the roads became wider and run cars instead of horses on them. Progress almost did not change the age-old way of life of residents. Someone went to the big city for a long dollar, someone stayed there and eventually moved to a nearby cemetery. Above the city was the same endless blue sky, and all around the same endless green fields.
All of this lasted until the early 60-ies of the last century, when the government decided to build a hydroelectric power station with the dam downstream, resulting in all the surrounding land had to be on the bottom of a huge reservoir. The design and the preparation of engaged in the Corps of Engineers, US Army, in whose control and passed all the surrounding land. Naturally, all the local people were strongly against the government's plans, as a result of which they were to lose the land on which their ancestors had lived for centuries.
Army began pretty tough to put pressure on people, forcing them to sell the land and move to other places, threatening to stop the repair and maintenance of the surrounding roads, as a result they become unfit for movement of school buses, ambulances and fire trucks, and the people themselves will not be able to get to their homes . As a result, many have left their homes and sold the land to the state. But the tactics of the military has been called a terrorist and provoked a strong response in the press.
As a result of the process joined environmentalists, who have managed to prove to the planning errors due to unstable soil at the construction site, progress which could lead to the destruction of the dam and the flooding of large amounts of land. So that the project froze, the army retreated temporarily, and many empty houses began to take a hippie. In the yard was the end of the 60s.
The more there selilos hippies, the more willing learned of a place by the river, come and took the rest home. Eventually they occupied almost the entire territory, and created a huge commune on the New Jersey side. A place they called Cloud Farm, organized on the territory of the self-sufficient economy based on love and unity. They called themselves the river residents.
The locals defeated army, faced with a new plague, which came on their land. Despite the peaceful nature of the hippies, they had a lot of noise and dirt, they were living on social benefits, ravaged the local budget, and often do not want to see the border between his and others. Since the area was still in charge of the army, the local residents had no choice but to turn to his recent bitter enemies for help. Army and joined the government to address 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 an army of federal marshals, accompanied by armed soldiers, army bulldozers and other equipment. After the announcement of orders for eviction of the remaining, of course, no answer, tear gas allowed into the house. Hippie with things thrown into the street and the buildings immediately leveled with the ground, without giving them no chance to return.
All these events eventually turn public opinion against the project of construction of the dam, and in 1978 it was canceled at the Congress level. The land was transferred to the National Forest Service, and then the National Park was established on part of it. It imposed restrictions on new construction and sale of land, owned in its 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 pictured) 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 the people I have not found.
The city is part of the national park, so look after him, mowing grass and garbage that is left in the containers rare tourists.
In the continuation of still photographs of abandoned houses, shot in the surrounding area. But this time without such a rich history. The reason is usually simple - the economic crisis. Abandoned so much that at one point I even stopped to stop seeing another farm. And it's all I have met along the main roads. What then happens in the outback?
Abandoned house with burnt wood.
On the veranda still stand chair with a cape.
The group of buildings at the crossroads. Two houses.
and two shops.
Apparently, they abandoned not so long ago.
All the windows are intact.
Inside a typical village shop.
Mirrors for monitoring the room.
The second store. In the distance houses.
Once upon a time there was the antique market.
Behind everything is overgrown.
This house was in a beautiful location right in front of the mountainside. On the left slope, on the right road and mountain river.
Whether the last traces of the storm, or vandals have tried.
The house is a long time in this state. I think about five years, no less. It is a pity. A really nice place.
You probably arises the natural question: whether to come and settle there not be? I think no. In the first place it is not clear to whom it belongs. If it is abandoned, it does not mean that it has no owner. Private property in the United States - a sacred thing.
Secondly, it is the territory of the national park, and local rangers quickly you calculate, fined and expelled. I think that the most that can be expected is to spend the night in a few days. And it illegally. Pitch a tent and sleep only in designated areas, pre-pay them.
On the way deeper into the state I came across a large abandoned hotel.
It is surprising that despite the general neglect, all the glass intact.
While there are no fences and no protection, and can easily get inside.
Come on in - I do not. I did not go.
The only warning - this is a sign prohibiting unauthorized entry to private property. Even if you gather mushrooms or berries. But penetration without intent - this is not a criminal offense, and the type of violation of illegal parking, and the maximum that you face - it's fine. Although it can be quite noticeable. Then it was about $ 2,500. But I think it's upper limit. For the first time, is likely to be in the region of hundreds.
The name of the hotel. It covers quite a large area, and there certainly is where the climb and take pictures of that.