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The Mecca In Missouri

The Mecca In Missouri

Who else is ready for this trip to get started?!  Check out the Vaguely Ominous series thus far!

E01 – What Will Stick??
E02 – Trespassing
E03 – The Hoarder House
E04 – This Stuff Is Dangerous (Sometimes)
E05 – Mission Statement
E06 – My First 4K Adventure
E07 – The Countdown Begins!
E08 – Misery In Missouri
E09 – I Was (Unintentionally) Super Messed Up
E10 – The Mecca In Missouri



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I am hoping to hit the road by December 1st!  Help make this a reality!!

The Man & His ShotgunI was confronted by a man with a…

The Man & His Shotgun

I was confronted by a man with a shotgun while taking these photos.  He was none too pleased to see me there and demanded I leave the premises immediately.  It was all good, though.  I got away with my skull in tact and even got some nice photos of it.


Hoarder HouseIowaPart 02

Hoarder House

Part 02

Hoarder HouseIowaPart 01

Hoarder House

Part 01

Makes You Wonder What Happened

Makes You Wonder What Happened

This is a good example why I feel the wide-angle and the tripod…

This is a good example why I feel the wide-angle and the tripod spoilt me. I want to get eeeverything on one picture – which might be nice in this case.
But I really need to go back to do more detail shots. They’re still my best.

Abandoned theater, 2017.
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Glenn Dale Tuberculosis Hospital (Glenn Dale, Maryland) ADDRESS:…

Glenn Dale Tuberculosis Hospital (Glenn Dale, Maryland) 

ADDRESS: 5201 Glenn Dale Rd, Glenn Dale, MD 20769

COORDINATES: 38.962553, -76.809914

Glenn Dale Hospital was a tuberculosis sanatorium and isolation hospital built in 1934. The hospital consists of 23 buildings and sits on 216 acres of land. Glenn Dale Hospital’s 23 buildings include the children’s nurse’s homes, the children’s hospital, residences D through F, adults’ nurse’s homes, adults hospital, and much more. (Despite urban legend, the hospital’s incinerator was not used for the burning of human remains, rather it was used to burn human wastes.)Both the children’s and adults’ buildings are connected by a series of underground tunnels, like many sanitariums. These walkways join the basements of both buildings together, however in some places the walkways are flooded with almost three feet of water. Each hospital basement has its own morgue. The hospital closed in 1981 due to the large amounts of asbestos as well as the development of vaccines. 

And now, of course, on to the urban legends of the hospital. Glenn Dale had a history of maltreatment of patients, this includes physical abuse, sexual abuse, extreme isolation, and torture of both adult and child patients. Urban legends claim that the victims of these abuses still haunt the halls today. There are many reported sightings of ghostly patients, smoke coming from the crematorium, and even a large pack of ghostly hounds running along the property. People have also complained of noises such as banging and yelling coming from the hospital walls hear screams and sometimes laughter. Inside there is sometimes a strong odor of burning flesh and smoke coming from where they used to burn the bodies. In one particular room, there is said to be sightings of a man in a straightjacket who went insane after watching his family being murdered by an intruder to his home while he hid in a closet. 

Mark Twain said it best, “The truth is stranger than fiction.” In this case, that’s definitely true. A local who lived across the street from the hospital heard gunshots coming from the building. He called the police, and they actually found one of their own officers at the building, unable to speak and staring straight ahead. He had shot off all of his rounds at something that was never found.

**I’d like to recommend not exploring this building. Maryland’s police patrol the hospital grounds regularly, there are massive amounts of asbestos and lead paint, and parts of the underground walkways are flooded with nearly three feet of thirty-year-old water. In addition to all of that, the buildings are infested with rats and bats.**

Fort Carroll (Sparrows Point, Maryland) ADDRESS: Sparrows Point,…

Fort Carroll (Sparrows Point, Maryland) 

ADDRESS: Sparrows Point, Maryland 21219

CORRDINATES: 39.214593, -76.519078

In 1847, the State of Maryland gave permission to the United States War Department to construct a fort in the shallow water of Soller’s Point Flats to protect the city of Baltimore. This fort was named Fort Carroll and was important for the defense of Baltimore. In 1853 a lighthouse was built on the ramparts to aid navigation into Baltimore Harbor and in 1898 a new lighthouse was built. The Fort was there for the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, and World War I. 

After World War I broke out, the Army removed the guns from the fort and by 1920 all guns were gone. In March 1921 the Army officially abandoned Fort Carroll and moved whatever military equipment was left to nearby Fort Howard. The War Department declared the island excess property in 1923 but took no immediate steps to sell the land. In World War II the Army used the fort as a firing range. It also served as a checkpoint for vessels.

In May 1958, Baltimore attorney Benjamin Eisenberg purchased the island for $10,000, intending to put a casino on the island, but development plans never materialized. The fort is now abandoned has is the home of thousands of native birds. 

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital (Washington D.C., United…

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital (Washington D.C., United States) 

ADDRESS: 1100 Alabama Ave SE, Washington, DC 20032

COORDINATES: 38.844131, -76.991636

The hospital was created in August 1852 when the United States Congress appropriated $100,000 for the construction of a mental hospital in Washington, D.C.; to provide care for the indigent, mentally ill residents of the District of Columbia, as well as for the insane of the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy. Soon after the hospital opened to patients in January 1855, it became known officially as the Government Hospital for the Insane. 

During the Civil War, the West Lodge was used as a general hospital by the U.S. Navy. The unfinished east wing of the main building was used by the U.S. Army as a general hospital for sick and wounded soldiers. The Army hospital officially took the name of “St. Elizabeths Army Medical Hospital” to differentiate it from the mental hospital in the west wing of the same building. In the late 19th century, the hospital temporarily housed animals which were brought back from expeditions for the Smithsonian Institution, because of lack of housing for the animals at the yet to be built National Zoo.

At its peak, the St. Elizabeths campus housed 8,000 patients and employed 4,000 people. Beginning in the 1950s, however, large institutions such as St. Elizabeths were being criticized for hindering the treatment of patients. The patient population of St. Elizabeths steadily declined due to changing laws and psychological treatment. 

More than 15,000 known autopsies were performed at St. Elizabeths between 1884 and 1982, and a collection of over 1,400 brains preserved in formaldehyde, 5,000 photographs of brains, and 100,000 slides of brain tissue was maintained by the hospital. Some of these items still remain in the hospital today.