Abandoned Industrial Places
Factories, Laboratories, Mills and Mines that the World Left Behind
By David Ross (Author)
Once these industrial spaces were celebrated and thriving; now, they’re ghostly and forlorn. When times change and they’re no longer needed, power stations, gasworks, car plants, factories, and mine derricks are often too large to destroy. So they linger, looming over the landscape, haunting relics of the past. Ranging from Cuba’s unfinished nuclear power station to atomic test sites in England, from Nevada’s silver towns to a French coal-washing facility, from a sugar factory in Belgrade to a whole mining island in Japan and, yes, Chernobyl, Abandoned Industrial Places captures these imposing, often eerie, structures. Some are magnificent pieces of architecture, others appear like ragged pieces of piping out of science fiction, but each one tells a fascinating story.
The abandoned places include:
Hudson Body Plant, Detroit; Crystal Mill near Marble, Colorado; Michigan Central Station, Detroit; Redstone Rocket Test Site, Huntsville, Alabama; Don Valley Brickworks, Toronto, Canada
CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA:
Santa Laura Nitrate works, Chile; Petermann Island, Antarctica; Hacienda Yaxcopoil near Merida, Mexico (former hemp or henequen rope factory); Leith Harbour Whaling Station, South Georgia; Illegal Mine Site, Tambopata, Peru
Excavator Factory, Voronezh, Russia; Glassworks, Haidemühl, Brandenburg, Germany; Plumain Factory, New Aquitaine, France; Sugar Factory, Belgrade, Serbia; Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station, Ukraine
AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST:
Lead mine, Morocco; Kolmanskop mining town, Namibia Drilling Rig; Vredehoek Quarry, South Africa
ASIA AND THE PACIFIC:
Iron and Steel Mill, Loudi, Hunan, China; Hashima, mining island, Japan; Buran Transport, Baikonur, Kazakhstan;
Cockatoo Island Docks, Sydney, Australia
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
David Ross specializes in maritime and railway history and has written and contributed to numerous books on these subjects. His most recent books are Ships Visual Encyclopedia, The Essential Naval Identification Guide: Submarines 1914–Present, Great Warships, and The World’s Greatest Battleships.