42 Staggering Photos Of Abandoned Detroit

September 20, 2013

As of July 18, 2013, the Motor City officially ran out of gas. Filing for for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, Detroit’s debts–a whopping $18 to $20 billion–represent the largest municipal filing for bankruptcy in United States history. And as its solvency has gone down the drain, so too has its population. In 1950, the burgeoning industrial city was home to nearly two million Americans. But today, as Detroit’s population has dwindled to a mere 700,000, the only boom Detroit has seen rests in the number of abandoned buildings popping up within city limits.

As evidenced by the following photos of an abandoned Detroit, those remaining might have a hard time forging optimism about the future when constantly surrounded by brick laid ghosts:

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Detroit Plant

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Abandoned Detroit High School

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Abandoned Detroit Street Corner

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Abandoned Detroit Town Theater

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Warehouse Floor

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Detroit Window Skyline

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Abandoned Detroit Armory

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Barbed Wire Building

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Detroit Church

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Detroit Club

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Abandoned Detroit Crumbling Houses

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Decaying Homes Detroit

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Decrepit Neighborhood Detroit

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Abandoned Detroit Gym

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Detroit Harbor

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Detroit Hole In Wall

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Detroit Home Next To Building

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Abandoned Detroit Hospital

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Detroit Library

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Packard Plant In Detroit

Abandoned Detroit Roofless House

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School Hall

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Abandoned Detroit Slide

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Detroit Standing Water

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Stereotype Graffiti

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40 Chillingly Beautiful Abandoned Photographs

August 23, 2013

Looking at abandoned photographs, we are reminded of how quickly paint cracks and peels, and we, too, grow old and fade away. To view an abandoned space is to acknowledge the existential emptiness that defines us and yet drives us to fill it with the company of others, a good book, and a handful of living, breathing memories. In this series of abandoned photographs, time is presented as the ultimate source of authority: it weathers trains, sinks stadiums, and causes castles to crumble. The pictorial message is chilling yet also somewhat liberating; here are 40 of the most evocative abandoned photographs:

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Abandoned Windmill

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Desolate Photographs

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Overgrown Buildings

Abandoned City

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Abandoned Fortress

Abandoned Temple

The Domino Sugar Factory in Darkness


Abandoned House


Abandoned Hospital

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Creepy Abandoned Places

Creepy Trains

Beautiful Abandoned Photos

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The Death Of A Village

June 25, 2013

Abandoned Russian Village Karelia

Hotly contested by first the Swedes and then the Russians and Finnish, the Karelia seen today serves as an architectural reminder of the inevitable toll that war and nationalism takes on a community.

Colombia’s Haunted Hotel

April 7, 2013

Colombia's Haunted Hotel Del Salto

Just southwest of Bogotá is Hotel del Salto, a once-luxurious establishment frequented by wealthy wanderlust-ers. Over the years, though, nearby river contamination led many of these travelers to cleaner water, thus leaving del Salto to fall into a state of disrepair. As the decrepit spot eventually became a popular place to commit suicide, many speculate that the dilapidated building is now haunted and has become famed as Colombia’s haunted hotel.

Be sure to read our post on the most bizarre haunted places in the world!

An Awe-Inducing Abandoned Lighthouse

February 2, 2013
Abandoned Lighthouse

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Within the Point of Ayr, the northernmost point of Wales, rests an ancient and spectral site. Erected in 1776, the Trinity lighthouse is known for both its timeless beauty and for the ghosts that allegedly inhabit it.

The Deserted View From Drumheller

January 30, 2013

Drumheller Alberta Canada

Alberta’s Drumheller started out with grand prospects. Named after an ambitious coal prospector, the region experienced a huge population boom during the height of the coal era but subsequently hollowed out as resources began to dwindle.