In the last place in the United States to live free of rent and mortgage, pirates, renegades and apostates from all walks of life escape the pretense of the so-called civilized life. The Slab City Christian Center provides sanctuary for those who seek refuge or answers to the unanswerable.
The Enchanted Forest officially opened on August 15, 1955, one month after Disneyland Park's opening. Appealing mostly to families with small children, the park had a nursery rhyme theme. The park featured fairy tale buildings and characters, but no mechanical rides originally. Track rides were added later, including Cinderella's castle ride with mice for the cars. At the height of its popularity, the Enchanted Forest welcomed 300,000 children per summer season. After its original owners, the Harrison family, sold the park to a developer it closed for the first time in 1989, turning more than half the land into the Safeway-anchored Enchanted Forest Shopping Center in 1992. The park was permanently shuttered in 1995 after which much of the theme park sat undisturbed yet neglected behind a chain-link fence. In 2005 active preservation began.
Amidst rattlesnakes and scorpions, and near to a sparse gathering of gaunt, cactus-eating cattle and their next-of-kin, this photo was taken somewhere along a rural roadside in western Utah. The marker on the tower stated "INT ABL 331".
At the time this photo was taken in 2008, this was one of the few remaining vestiges of "strip" clubs that ushed Philadelphians into New Jersey as they exited the Walt Whitman Bridge onto MacArthur Boulevard, which transitions onto The Black Horse Pike. To my understanding, it has gone from bad to worse. It was knocked down and is now a Taco Bell.
Considered by some to be the most important Catholic pilgrimage center in the United States", many visitors to Santuario de Chimayó take a small amount of the "holy dirt", often in hopes of a miraculous cure for themselves or someone who could not make the trip. Though seekers of cures commonly rub themselves with the dirt, or simply keep it, in the past they often ate the dirt.
Fort Proctor is a ruined 19th century fort in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana. Also known as Fort Beauregard or Beauregard's Castle (after P.G.T. Beauregard, who supervised its construction with the architect J.G. Totten) it is located on the shore of Lake Borgne. At the time it was built in the 1850s, there was also a railroad port called "Proctorville" adjacent. The fort was intended to be part of the fortification protecting water routes towards New Orleans. Due to delays caused by hurricane damage, and then the outbreak of the American Civil War, the fort was never garrisoned, and by the end of the war improvements in artillery had made the fort's design obsolete.
In the 1940s and 1950s, before it was engulfed by the lake, the ruins of the fort became a popular gathering spot for high school children seeking a spot where they could not be supervised. This period ended when the construction of the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet Canal in the 1960s cut off all land access to the fort site.