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Location DB > United States > Pennsylvania > Middletown > Crawford Generating Station
Crawford Generating Station
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created by LostInPa on 5/17/2009 3:52 AM
last modified by LostInPa on 6/6/2009 5:45 AM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
A medium sized coal power plant located at the end of the HIA runway. The plant was wide open for many years which lead to wide spread vandalism and scavenging. After the 911 attacks, fences went up, openings were cemented, and security and surveillance were majorly increased.

Coolest parts were the main turbine hall , especially durring abatement, and the fact that you could watch massive planes take off and land right over your head from the "camera safe" spot of the roof.

The basement was normally flooded, but when work was being done on occasion, they would pump it dry.

There were two main catwalk sections. One section housed the "old" unsafe (but fun) 3 story boilers, and the other side seemed to be newer and went up the many flights to the rooftop.

The water used for cooling was diverted from the susquehanna river.
 Basic Information
Type: Power Plant
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Difficult
Recommendation: worth the trip
 Physical Information

Middletown, Pennsylvania
United States
Owner: Harrisburg International Airport
  • asbestos
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • flooding
  • water
  • air quality
  • Missing walkways and steps, falling debris, open pits, pcb's, mercury, and the roof is soft or already gone.
  •  Interesting Features
    Underground Employee Quarters
    Vast underground
    Intact Turbines
    Sky Crane
    Two separate catwalk sections
    Watching the planes take off overhead as they shake the whole building.
    The runway was also very cool at night from high above.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • barbed wire
  • razor wire
  • dogs
  • 24 hour guard
  • locked gates
  • welded doors
  • wooden boarding
  • cameras
  • Military police, HIA Police, Local PD, eagle eye neighbors, cemented doorways, removed steps, and an hourly perimiter and rooftop scan.
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1920
    Closed: 1977
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • breathing mask
  • gloves
  • head protection
  • long pants / sleeves
  • towelettes
  • insider info ;)
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    "Relaxing" after work...
    Tue, May 19th, 2009
    posted by LostInPa
    Sat, Dec 20th, 2008
    posted by LostInPa

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    Tue, May 19th, 2009
    posted by LostInPa
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    Bring me tha power!
    Wed, May 20th, 2009
    posted by LostInPa
    13 pictures
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    Thu, Jun 18th, 2009
    posted by LostInPa
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    Thu, Jun 3rd, 2010
    posted by blackoutangel00
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    Crawford with LostInPA and others
    Tue, Sep 21st, 2010
    posted by Ranger187
    25 pictures

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  • on Sep 21 10 at 13:39, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Sep 21 10 at 12:37, Ranger187 updated gallery Crawford with LostInPA and others
  • on Sep 21 10 at 12:37, Ranger187 updated gallery picture CRW_0967.jpg
  • on Sep 21 10 at 12:35, Ranger187 added some pictures to a gallery
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  • on Sep 21 10 at 12:31, Ranger187 added some pictures to a gallery
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  • on Jun 6 10 at 10:31, Opheliaism validated this location
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