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Location DB > United States > Texas > Sherman > The Toxic Foundry
The Toxic Foundry
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created by Explorer Zero on 10/9/2005 1:14 AM
last modified by Explorer Zero on 12/30/2014 4:30 PM
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A large abandoned corrugated steel on steel frame foundry building between 35000 and 40000 square feet on 5 acres in the heart of Shermans central business district and right next door to a residential neighborhood.

Obviously there are some very real health and safety issues with this location.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: - select -
Recommendation: forget it
 Physical Information

Sherman, Texas
United States
Owner: Hamilton Foundry and Machine
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  •  Hazards
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • air quality
  • toxic materials and dust, fall hazards, who knows what else
  •  Interesting Features
    as if a large rusting abandoned factory with machinery is not enough
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • barbed wire
  • locked gates
  • very exposed lots of vehicle traffic
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1957
    Closed: 1998
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • breathing mask
  • avoid stirring up and inhaling the dust
  •  Recommended Equipment
    current health insurance
    Sherman Texas was a major city a long time before the War Between The States. It was the industrial and manufacturing hub for this part of the Southwest. Six different railroads built lines to Sherman. For this reason more and more factories, mills, grain companies and foundaries sprung up along these lines.

    This foundry was built a long time after the Civil War though, 1957 according to my research. They apparently produced cast iron pieces for other machinery here up until they closed in 1998.

    In 1998 the Texas Natural Resources Commission fined the Sherman Foundry for repeated violations of the Texas Clean Air Act and offsite contamination of the neighborhood around the foundry.

    In 1999 they were fined again for not paying their fines from the previous year. This is Texas Superfund Site #TXN000605566.

    The Grayson county tax records do not fully acknowledge this place and they assess the land value at only $2200 with $0 for the building and improvements. The building has become more of a liability than an asset.

    Looks like it was demolished some time between 2012 and 2014 based on satellite imagery.
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    vacant lot

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    Mr. Yuk says ALTO!
    Sun, Oct 9th, 2005
    posted by Explorer Zero
    35 pictures
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    chemical burn
    Sun, May 9th, 2010
    posted by fatwax4
    20 pictures

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    Coolness 8 / 10
    Content Quality 9 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Opheliaism on 1/3/2015 11:54 AM.

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  • on Jan 3 15 at 11:54, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Dec 30 14 at 16:30, Explorer Zero changed the following: History
  • on Dec 30 14 at 16:23, Explorer Zero updated gallery Mr. Yuk says ALTO!
  • on Dec 30 14 at 16:22, Explorer Zero deleted 3 pictures from gallery Mr. Yuk says ALTO!
  • on Dec 30 14 at 16:19, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture Ear plug memo
  • on Dec 30 14 at 16:19, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture Main control
  • on Dec 30 14 at 16:18, Explorer Zero reordered images in gallery Mr. Yuk says ALTO!
  • on Dec 30 14 at 16:16, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture Contaminada
  • on Dec 30 14 at 16:15, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture Engineer phone
  • on Dec 30 14 at 16:15, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture Mr. Yuk
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