• Lincoln Way

    Lincoln Way is an abandoned neighborhood in Clairton, PA across from U.S. Steel's Clairton Works, which is only about 30 minutes outside of Pittsburgh City.  Lincoln Way consisted of 52 properties but never more than 40 houses.  Sixteen families were driven from their homes in such a hurry leaving everything behind between 1970s and 2009 and nobody knows exactly why.  Could it be due to an exceeding amount of foreclosure?  But if that was the case, would it be possible for it to be an entire neighborhood?  Or could it be becuase of an urban paranormal legend of a beast the size of a horse with red eyes that resides and lingers in the woods that surrounds the “once was” community of Lincoln Way that made them leave in such a hurry?  Whatever the case may be, do you dare to step foot on this empty street aligned with beat down houses?  Well... I did with my camera by my side.   Its hard to explain what I felt at first because I was just in shock. Shocked because these used to be the homes of families with cars along the streets and kids playing in their yards to now.... just nothing but sad silence with broken homes withering away in decay, with belongings littering the ground.  It was just really hard to take it in.  There isn't many homes left due to a  fire that took place in one of the homes that left 2 more catching on fire as well in April of 2015.  Which in my opinion, just adds to the eerieness.   Inside the homes themselves is dark, littered with trash, books, papers, broken glass and broken walls, it litterly looks like a bomb went off.  The wallpaper is flaky and peeling off the wall, as messages written in spray paint cover the empty spots... (if only the walls themselves could talk). The stairs creek as we carefully made our way upstairs to see what it had in store for us.  Rooms where families used to sleep now just sitting in silence begging for company..... closets where clothes use to hang now, just empty, dark and cold with an old antique smell to it.   Making our way back down to the street photographing everything in site, you cant help but think what actually did happen to this neighborhood?  The street eventually just becomes a dead end leaving you with the only option to just turn around and view the sad and lonley abandoned neighborhood of Lincoln Way.   Although we didn't come face to face with the red eye beast that lingers after dark, It still makes me wonder what happened to this beautiful neighborhood and why did everyone leave in a rush?   The answers are up for grabs, do you dare to find them?  If you do, Lincoln Way is not hard to find, just keep in mind you will be tresspassing and the street and houses themselves are extremely dangerous, so just be careful and watch out for the beast!  Safe Urbexing!

  • Abandoned PA Turnpike

    The abandoned PA turnpike is one of the coolest, yet eeriest place I have ever been.  Not just the tunnel itself, but the long empty road leading up to the first tunnel.  The ghostly feelings of being watched hit me right off the bat along with this feeling of being apart of a post apocalyptic horror movie or better yet a scene from AMC The Walking Dead.  So if these feelings give you A rush as they do me then this place is definitely worth checking out!   Located in Breezewood PA right off of US-30 along Tannery Road.  You will see a dirt area made for parking along with a dirt path to whitch you will follow to get to the turnpike, so keep your eyes open because there are no signs.  The abandoned turnpike itself is now used for a bike path so you won't be trespassing, although they do make it clear that you will be entering ar your own risk.  Before I get into the history of the turnpike I leave you with this word of advice... BRING BIKES!  unless you want to walk the 2 miles it takes to get to the first tunnel. 

    The now Abandoned PA Turnpike opened in 1940 and was known as “tunnel Highway” because it traversed seven tunnels from east to west.  The tunnels were located at Blue Mountain, Kittatinny Mountain, Tuscarora Mountain, Sideling Hill, Rays Hill, Allegheny Mountain, and Laurel Hill.  The first Tunnel you will come to if entering from Tannery Road will be Rays Hill Tunnel.  In the 1950's, the turnpike was so heavily used that traffic congestion demanded expansion.  Rays Hill Tunnel is (2/3-miles) and Sidling Hill Tunnel is (1.2 miles) and the turnpike itself was 13 miles long.  It closed in 1968 due to a modern stretch that was built to ease traffic congestion in the tunnels.  PennDot used the highway to train maintenance workers and for testing rumble strips. The military has also used the highway for storage area for weapons and aircraft, also used for training soldiers for Iraq in the early 2000s. It was also used as the location for the 2008 Viggo Mortensen movie “The Road,” based on the Cormac McCarthy Pulitzer Prize-winning book set in a post-apocalyptic America.

    Walking up to the Tunnel itself gives off a weird and eerie vibe, I dont know if its because of the emptyness that surrounds it or because of the black crows that now reside there, but regardless, it's absolutely beautiful and breath taking.  Its hard to believe that this place was once alive and packing with cars.  Looking at it now and thinking and picturing its rich history and how it use to be, just adds to the experience!  With graffiti covering the bottom rightside of the outer walls of the tunnel and completly covering the inside of the tunnel gives it a unique artsy touch and in my opinion gives it character.  This place is deffinatly a strike of gold for any photographer or urban explorer even a history buff would be satisfied but regardless of who you are it would be a good idea to bring a flashlight or 2 if you dare to walk the 2 mile long tunnel of darkness.  

    If you like to photograph, explore, hike, or even just want to visit someplace new then this is worth the visit!  I've been to plenty of abandoned landmarks in PA and this is by far one of my favorites!  So I will leave you with this if you plan on visiting.  Bring bikes, flashlights, and a camera (if you own one) have fun and be prepared to be amazed!