Feeling abandoned: urban spelunking on the internet

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For some reason, internet junkies who rarely leave the safety and comfort of their living rooms seem to love poking around old, abandoned sites and structures -- virtually, of course. There are innumerable photo-explorations of such sites across the internet, a number of which have appeared on this very blog. We wanted to introduce you to some of our recent faves, so you can explore a bit on your own. Remember: bring a dust mask, two flashlights and clothes you never want to wear again. Or ... just click:

Abandoned amusement park
Neatorama recently linked to a Japanese site featuring some really evocative, misty pictures of a rusting, tumbledown amusement park in Northern Japan. No more fun to be had here, kiddies. Only hobos and tetanus.

More desolation after the jump! Meanwhile, don't forget to reminisce with our past posts on abandoned mines, abandoned buildings in Detroit (as explored by famous authors) and the unfortunate town of Pripyat, Ukraine, just outside of Chernobyl.

Abandoned missile silo
Ever wanted to see the inside of an old American missile silo? Here's your chance, courtesy Kevin Kelm of Triggur.org. Before you go and find one of your own to explore, however, take a gander at the really off-putting warning Kevin has posted at the top of the site (all caps are his):

DO NOT TRY TO ENTER ONE OF THESE SITES YOURSELF! HAD ONE OF US BEEN HURT BENEATH THE SURFACE, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN VERY DIFFICULT TO REMOVE THE VICTIM/BODY, GIVEN THE CONDITION OF THE ENTRANCE, NOT TO MENTION THE PRESENCE OF ASBESTOS AND OTHER CHEMICALS IN THE TUNNELS. BECAUSE OF THE POOR AIR CIRCULATION, THERE IS ALSO A SIGNIFICANT CHANCE THAT THE RADIOACTIVE GAS 'RADON' BUILDS UP DOWN THERE, TOO. THE LONG TERM HEALTH RISKS ARE NOT WORTH IT JUST TO SEE SOME RUSTED MACHINES. WE HAVE BROUGHT THIS PHOTO-TOUR TO YOU SO THAT YOU WON'T HAVE TO GO THERE YOURSELF TO SEE IT. MISSILE BASES LIKE THIS ONE ARE FOUND ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, MOSTLY IN THE MID-WEST, AND OWNERSHIP USUALLY REVERTS BACK TO THE RANCHER/FARMER, WHO WILL VERY LIKELY BE WATCHING FOR TRESPASSERS WITH A LOADED SHOTGUN.

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Tour of the London Underground
sewer8.jpg... circa 1898. This is excerpted from a 100+-year-old issue of Strand magazine, which proves that we bloggers weren't the first writers to be fascinated by dark, scary trespass.

May 31, 2007 - 8:01am
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