Here's an older set (from April) I kind of forgot about, as the location was less photogenic than I'd hoped. I didn't get many photos here because the state of ruin and water damage just wasn't terribly interesting material... this place was a mess.
In any case, Vacuum Oil (a business you've likely never heard of) was formed in 1866 here in my hometown, and eventually grew to become Mobil Oil (a corporation I'd be surprised if you didn't know). The facility was spread across a large riverfront property to facilitate shipping and receiving, but now these old buildings are either abandoned and crumbling or in use by small businesses who seem disinterested in cleaning up the property.
From the research I've done, I found that the particular building I explored was converted to a wholesale food distributor called Veteran Foods back in the 50s, though more recently it housed a thrift store on the first floor, a photography studio on the second, and a dance studio on the third. Today, the only things this building contains are the unsold and rotting, waterlogged items the thrift store failed to sell, rolls of discarded, expired film and the remnants of a squatter camp.
Oh, and a creepy teddy bear in a chair.
Looking back at the way in. There's a lot of water on the ground in here, and so much more dripped from the ceiling I feared my camera might suffer some water damage itself. The sound of the drops was overwhelming; we almost had to shout to be understood by one another.
This was the third floor, the source of all the water flooding the second and first floors. Another local explorer showed me a photo from about a month earlier when the entire floor was melting ice. I guess this was the spring thaw.
Like that ever stopped me.
You can just make out the word "Foods" on the side there. Just past the tree line on the left is a bike trail, and then the river.
I forgot my tripod on the first visit and wasn't able to get a good shot of these books, so I went back a few weeks ago just for this one photo.
Hope you guys enjoyed this smallish set. It's not my best batch of photos, but I'm still reasonably happy with it.