I am very new to the urbex community as well as to posting about my escapades, so please bear with me. So one of my first adventures was of an abandoned ammunition plant nearby. I had done a ton of research on this location prior to going and couldn't contain my excitement. Originally, this plant was built to help produce ammunition for World War I because of the resources that were nearby. However, in 1966, there was an explosion within one of the bunkers (no longer standing). Three men went into the bunker with approximately 175,000 pounds of ammunition, specifically M9 flake powder according to one source, and something terrible happened. The ammunition exploded. It not only killed the 3 men, but it also shook the Earth within an approximated 3 miles radius. The plant was still used off and on up until 1972. It is now being demolished/remodeled depending upon the section of the plant.
1. Our first stop is the guardhouse. I used to be married to a Marine so I knew immediately what the loudspeakers on the guardhouse were for. I'm sure those speakers played Reveille and Retreat countless numbers of times.
2. Picture of directly inside the guardhouse
3. Inside of the guardhouse to the left
4. Inside of the guardhouse to the right
5. Zoomed in view of the guardhouse
6. Another of the guardhouse, I promise it's the last one.
7. We found a good place to park and started our trek in the great outdoors. Along the way, we encountered old railroad tracks (they were basically all over this place). And you can't ever find railroad tracks without old rails! Here's a side view of some.
8. A front view of the rails (I keep wanting to call them railroad ties)
9. I am not at all sure what this is, I tried to search it in google images with no luck. Any ideas?
10. We finally found our beloved bunkers. Unfortunately we only checked out two. We met a few cows in the process and decided to tuck tail.
11. We stepped inside of the bunker. SUPER eerie!! It was so empty and HUGE. It felt as if our breathing echoed within the dark, empty tomb!
12. Another outer view of the bunker, further away. Those doors, by the way, are REALLY heavy. My friend and I decided if the zombie apocalypse does ever occur, this will be our safe haven.
13. We were just out taking a stroll after seeing the bunkers and noticed the abandoned railroad tracks again. Low and behold we find an old railroad switch which I found to be quite fascinating.
14. Another view of the railroad switch.
15. One of our last stops was to check out a trail in the area. Along our way, we found a pump house. I am deathly afraid of heights, so I suppose this is why those stairs just fascinate me.
16. Another view of the pump house. I believe this might be some sort of generator.
17. My friend LOVED the windows of the pump house, so naturally I had to take a picture. I must say, they were pretty unique!
18. Side view of the pump house (from the right side)
19. After checking out the pump houses, we noticed a strange cement building off the side of the road.
20. We decided to walk up to this strange building only to discover there wasn't any access from where we were. We do believe, at one point in time, there were metal ladders possibly going to the top of the structure.
21. Another small structure, but we have access this time.
22. Inside of the smaller structure.
23. It was a long journey, but this was just 1/3 of our day. I will share the rest in another post since these are each different locations. But for this post, it's the end of the line.