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Wayne Hsieh / 5,605 items

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Built in 1923 across from Michigan Central Station, the CPA building served as the home of the Conductors Protective Association a train union. After closing in 2009 and some poor negotiations on the part of property owners while the building crumbled, it was finally purchased in 2014.
Corktown, Detroit, Michigan

Tags:   Detroit Michigan Corktown abandoned

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Opened in 1914, this massive 46,000 m^2 facility acted as the main train station of Detroit after the original depot in Downtown burned down the year before. The building is located in Corktown in the hopes of developing the area, and passengers would need to take other modes of transportation to reach Downtown. That and the fact that the rails were on a spur line showed the city completely lacked foresight in infrastructural development, as it was unable to fully handle the amount of traffic needed. At its height during WWI 200 trains arrived a day at the Michigan Central and even in the 1940s, it handled 4000 passengers, including Presidents Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman and Franklin Roosevelt, as well as Charlie Chaplin and Thomas Edison, while some 3000 office workers toiled in the spaces above.

Things came to a head when the Great Depression hit Detroit hard. Adding to the troubles, as automobiles became more prevalent it was soon found Michigan Central was unable to hold the needed parking spaces. After WWII use of the station sharply declined, and by 1967 only two small ticket counters remained open. A brief revitalization after Amtrak took over in 1971 ended when the railroad finally moved for good in 1988. It has remained abandoned ever since. Various efforts to reopen the facility have thus far failed. Its fate remains uncertain.

Since closing the massive abandoned building has become a popular sight for ruin photography/urban exploration. Films shot here have included Transformers (2006), The Island, and other films. It is a popular site for some of Eminem's projects, seen in 8 Mile and the music video Beautiful.
Corktown, Detroit, Michigan

Tags:   Michigan Detroit Corktown abandoned

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Originally built around 1830 in nearby Monroe, Michigan, the Gist Mill was run by Edward Loranger into the 1890s.
Greenfield Village, Dearborn, Michigan

Tags:   Dearborn Michigan Greenfield Village Henry Ford Museum Edward Loranger Gist Mill

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The Liberty Craftworks District of Greenfield Village focuses on early industry in the United States. From left to right is the Weaving Shop (1830s Georgia), Pottery Shop, Stony Creek Sawmill (1938 replica), the red and yellow Tripp Sawmill (1850s, Michigan), Printing Office and Tin Shop (1938 replica), and the Glass Shop (1930s replica).
Greenfield Village, Dearborn, Michigan

Tags:   Dearborn Michigan Greenfield Village Henry Ford Museum Stony Creek Mill Pond Gunsolly Carding Tripp Saw sawmill

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In 1876, Thomas Edison, by now famed for his improvements on the stock ticker and telegraph, purchased land in Menlo Park, NJ and built a special complex, the first research and development facility in the world. There he set about improving the telephone and other products. His first major success was with the development of the phonograph a year later, recording "Mary Had a Little Lamb". With that Edison became known as the "Wizard of Menlo Park", tourists flooded to the site, and with the increased funding Edison expanded his facilities to include a machine shop, library and personal office. In 1879, Edison was able to improve on the incandescent lightbulb, his most famous work, allowing light to shine for 40 straight hours. Further improvements to the bulb, and the innovations of an underground electric system, electric trains, and a centralized generator brought fame and fortune. Some 400 patents were eventually filed from Menlo Park.

In 1880 Edison moved his lab to a larger site in New York City. The Menlo Park site fell into other uses, eventually all decaying or burning down by 1919. In the 1920s, Edison's good friend Henry Ford decided to build a replica of Edison's Lab at Ford's Greenfield Village, salvaging what was left of the remains. Edison upon visiting after construction was said to have remarked that the only thing missing was the dust.
Greenfield Village, Dearborn, Michigan

Tags:   Dearborn Michigan Greenfield Village Henry Ford Museum Edison Menlo Park Complex (Replica) Thomas lightbulb phonograph


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