Last Stop: An Abandoned Places Visual Story

abandoned places

Written by Jennifer Colin

November 6, 2020

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Abandoned Places

My obsession with the abandoned began over a decade ago with a visit to the former Traverse City State Hospital—also known as the Northern Michigan Asylum. (I have captured countless images over my many visits there, some of which I will eventually share.) From the moment I first stepped onto that site, I felt an odd mixture of sadness, peace, curiosity, and wonder. These emotions seem to land every time I explore a place that is frozen in time. My hope is that, in some small way, the photos I take will preserve and honor the people, events, and memories that dwelled there over the years. If this concept also fascinates you, I invite you to check out my entries and journey alongside me.

Abandoned Places: Last Stop

A few weeks ago I met a friend in Grand Ledge, Michigan, a suburb of Lansing, for a weekend getaway. After our initial greeting, she asked, “Did you see the old railway depot on the way into town? It looks like it burned down.“ Of course, this piqued my interest, so after some shopping, she drove us to the site. Some Googling revealed the fire had taken place only a month before. We learned that a line which later became Pere Marquette came through in 1869, although I was unable to find information on the age of the station itself. Sadly, the fire rendered at a total loss. I would love to learn more about the history of this section of the railroad if anyone has information to share.

Runaway Train

Runaway Train

High Octane

High Octane

Screwed

Screwed

Depot Departed

Depot Departed

2 of Spades

2 of Spades

Sidetracked

Sidetracked

Crumbling

Crumbling

Dust and Ashes

Dust and Ashes

Locker Check

Locker Check

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