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Location DB > United States > Texas > Dallas > The Cult Workshop
The Cult Workshop
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created by Explorer Zero on 5/30/2005 2:26 PM
last modified by Explorer Zero on 8/18/2014 11:18 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
Its 26 acres with a 7400 sq ft brick and corrugated metal building, a mobile home and a garage, open pits and piles of dirt and maybe some buried hazardous waste in the White Rock Creek flood plain. The location is littered with trash and other evidence of human occupation.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: - select -
Recommendation: forget it
 Physical Information

Dallas, Texas
United States
Owner: update: DART
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • rust
  • vagrants scrappers and potential hazardous waste on site
  •  Interesting Features
    I suppose you just had to be there it was hard to imagine what sort of conditions the "members" were living under.
     Security Measures
  • wooden boarding
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 0
    Closed: 2003
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  • flashlight
  • boots
  •  Recommended Equipment
    insect repellant
    The history of this location remains a bit of a mystery. I discovered it more or less by chance while exploring the woods and swamps nearby along White Rock Creek one day. It looked kind of odd so I started keeping tabs on it.

    Satellite imagery shows there was some commercial activity here as late as 2003 with trailers being loaded or unloaded and employee vehicles in the parking but when I came across it in the summer of 2004 the main building was locked up tight and appeared to be vacant. There was a mobile home parked on the property next to the main building locked up and apparently vacant.

    From fall 2004 to 2005 there was new activity. A large school or church type bus was parked around back and an occasional car or two would be parked in front. A white cargo van was also seen coming and going from the property often so I just assumed it had become active light industrial again.

    According to the tax data this property was owned by a Toni Backlund of Mobile Alabama. At least until DART bought it (or seized it) in 2005. He owned and operated a demolition and asbestos abatement company there, and maybe here as well. There are some pits on this property, some recently filled in that might contain hazardous waste.

    But between 2004 and 2005 something else was going on here. Stapled to a wall inside was a printed page titled: "The House Rules". Part of this document could not be read because the bottom was cut off but enough text remained to get the picture.

    This lead me to believe there was a support group or religious halfway house of some kind operating out of here. The tone of the document seemed a little too creepy to be coming from your garden variety church youth organization though. It suggested a more strict cult like control was being exercised over the members (see image of this document in the photo gallery).

    UPDATE: DEMOLISHED In a final act of irony, a competitor demolition company bulldozed it as it stood in the path of DART's southern light rail expansion. Now we will never know.
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    A multi-million dollar mass transit light rail station to serve a few South Dallas residents.

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    Mon, May 30th, 2005
    posted by Explorer Zero
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    Photography 7 / 10
    Coolness 7 / 10
    Content Quality 9 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Mike Dijital on 8/20/2014 8:44 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Aug 20 14 at 20:44, Mike Dijital validated this location
  • on Aug 18 14 at 23:18, Explorer Zero changed the following: History
  • on Aug 18 14 at 23:16, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture House Rules
  • on Aug 18 14 at 23:04, Explorer Zero changed the following: History
  • on Aug 18 14 at 22:59, Explorer Zero changed the following: History, Accessibility, Hazards, Future Plans, Description
  • on Aug 18 14 at 22:48, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture Main view
  • on Aug 18 14 at 22:48, Explorer Zero reordered images in gallery Members only
  • on Aug 18 14 at 22:47, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture Cult garage
  • on Aug 18 14 at 22:46, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture Woo hoo a shed
  • on Aug 18 14 at 22:45, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture House Rules
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