A Ticket to the End of the World

If you've watched with envy as the internet fills up with endless photo galleries of abandoned buildings in Detroit, perhaps now is your time to get in on the action: for the low, low price of only $45, you can buy a ticket and take locally-run "tours of abandoned factories, churches and schools." A Detroit ruin tour… » 12/27/13 1:00pm 12/27/13 1:00pm

8 Abandoned Radar Stations That Were Once State-of-the-Art

Between the 1930s and 1970s, billions of dollars were spent to build early-warning systems—often in the most remote parts of the world. But by the late 1980s, most of these sites had been abruptly shuttered—made increasingly obsolete by the emergence of satellite communications. Yet the hulking shells, discs, and… » 9/16/13 9:01am 9/16/13 9:01am

A Rare Glimpse Inside a Magnificent, Abandoned Shrine to Electricity

At the dawn of the electrical age, power plants were more than just utilitarian buildings. They were grand, soaring temples to a near-magical substance that was changing the world. Most of these buildings are now abandoned or demolished. But I recently visited one of the few that remain: the 99-year-old Kelenföld Power… » 8/14/13 12:45pm 8/14/13 12:45pm

Ghostly Ship Graveyards from Around the World

Where do boats go when they die? Sometimes they end up in vast ship graveyards, sometimes craggy, foggy places where ships have met their doom, and sometimes spots where ships are deliberately left to rust. There's a quiet beauty to many of these graveyards and their resting inhabitants. » 5/26/13 6:45pm 5/26/13 6:45pm