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8 STRANGE Abandoned Places Across America

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8 STRANGE Abandoned Places Across America

From the colossal St. Francis Dam, to the ominous Bahia Honda Rail Bride, these are 8 STRANGE Abandoned Places Across America !

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8.St. Francis Dam
LOCATION – Sierra Pelona Mountains, California

The St. Francis dam was constructed in only 2 years, between 1924 and 26. It was supposed to be an integral part of the Los Angeles Aqueduct water supply infrastructure. Its close proximity to Los Angeles did not trouble anyone at the time, by close, I mean 40 mi (64km) from downtown LA.

On March 12, 1928, 3 minutes from midnight, the St. Francis Dam experienced a catastrophic failure. In all, 12.4 BILLION Gallons (47 Billion Liters) of water rushed down the canyons, destroying everything in sight. The only piece that was not moved by the water became known as the “Tombstone”. The largest remaining piece of the dam, weighing in at 10,000 tons, was dragged ¾ of a mile (1200m) by the current.

Around 425 people lost their lives, and the height of the water initially reached 140 ft (43m). Bodies were found as far south as the USA – Mexico border, many more were washed out into the Pacific Ocean

The tragedy was massive, and people wanted answers, there were 4 separate commissions that came up with almost identical reasons behind the failure. “The dam failed as a result of defective foundations”. To this day, you can hike around the Sierra Pelona Mountains, and hunt for

The reason I went into this much detail about this abandoned place in the mountains is due to the Oroville Dam scare from a few days ago. The spillway suffered a failure, and fearing imminent collapse, the government issued evacuation orders for 188,000 people. Luckily, nothing failed due to erosion from the water… but there are more heavy rains expected in the area starting on Feb 15.

7.Holland Island
LOCATION – Chesapeake Bay, Maryland

LOCATION – Cahaba, Alabama

5.Fontainebleau Resort Las Vegas , Echelon
LOCATION – Las Vegas, Nevada

LOCATION – Centralia, Pennsylvania

Alrightttt I get it, everyone and their cat knows about Centralia. But it had to be included at least once in these videos.

Centralia was a somewhat decent town in the 80’s, with about 1000 residents, to the sad sad state of affairs in recent years, with an estimated population of around 7 people.

The downfall of the town began when a coal seam fire was started sometime in the 1960’s. Many people claim that the whole fire was started because of deliberate illegal burning of trash in a former strip mine. No the town is not haunted, but yes, the town is believed to be the inspiration for the horror film, Silent Hill.

3.Glenwood Power Plant
LOCATION – Yonkers, New York

This dirty old power plant has been the location for many rumors and stories, including its importance as a satanic ritual places, and gang initiations.

The plant was built in 1907, and served an important role in the powering up the New York Central Railroad…. The building has been abandoned since 1970, and for a long time, it was an eyesore, an urban exploration spot, and let’s face it, somewhere to go when you ditched school.

2.Bahia Honda Rail Bridge
LOCATION – Florida Keys, Florida

Check this out, its a railroad bridge over the ocean ! But seriously, it is. It was originally part of the “overseas railway” that connected many parts of the Florida Keys. Specifically connecting Bahia Honda Key with Spanish Harbor Key.

From 1912 to 1938 it was strictly used as a rail bridge, but it was later converted to highway use until 1972. What happened in 1972 ? A catastrophic failure? Godzilla ? actually something very mundane, a new, stronger, better, prettier bridge was built. Nowadays, the Bahia Honda Rail bridge still stands proud over the shallow waters of the Florida Keys. There are no immediate plans to dismantle or destroy what remains of the structure !

Honorable Mentions
Bulow plantation,Grossinger’s Catskill Resort, City Methodist Church

1.Bannerman Castle
LOCATION – Fishkill, NY

Finally, at #1, located on the Hudson river, and built simply by chance, the Bannerman Castle was the home of the ammunitions dealer Frank Bannerman. Who claimed that he was all about peace, even when the bannerman summer home was also used for a stockpile of goods he hadn’t sold yet !

This also lead to the accidental explosion of 200 tons of shells and powder in 1920. It destroyed a bit of the castle, coupled with declining sales, and the loss of the ferryboat that served the island, the place was completely abandoned by 1968.

Nowadays, the island is owned by the New York State Office of Parks and Rec. and starting in May 2017, you can visit the island again !



  1. World Unearthed

    March 28, 2017 at 3:58 am

    Which of these Strange Abandoned Places have you visited?

  2. BigSi 2017

    May 8, 2017 at 2:00 am

    may i suggest everybody to research carelton island villa that definitely should of made the list.

  3. Miguel Rodriguez

    May 9, 2017 at 12:32 am

    I live in Fishkill but the Castles is in beacon New York

  4. Ryan Madison

    May 10, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Ok stalkers which one of you did it?

  5. Simply AdventuresReviews

    May 10, 2017 at 8:13 am

    The Bahia Honda Rail Bridge is not abandoned. You can walk up it and look down. Its paved up there and only open to walkers on both sides because it doesn't connect on both sides. It's really cool. There's a campground right there.

  6. Y34RZERO

    May 10, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    Bannerman sold Mosin Nagants converted to 30-06 however these are dangerous to shoot due to the unsafe chamber pressures generated by the round.

  7. Lawrence Santiago

    May 11, 2017 at 6:50 am

    Good videos ! Keep up the research.

  8. William Thomas

    May 11, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Maybe you guy's could investigate a place called Carroll Island in Baltimore,MD harbor at the Francis Scott key bridge???

  9. Nathaniel Webb

    May 13, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Original close stock pizzk cloud Bible cart port thin characteristic.

  10. Derick F

    May 14, 2017 at 6:15 am

    I guess you could call Byrnesville, Burns-ville. Muah hahaha

  11. swrnc

    May 15, 2017 at 12:17 am

    This channel is very informative and actually well narrated!

  12. julian manyhides

    May 15, 2017 at 8:20 am

    actually silent hill started as a video game.

  13. Boat Bomber

    May 16, 2017 at 1:25 am

    Number 3 looks like that one factory in GTA 4


    May 18, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    i live in right by number 1

  15. pale horse payton

    May 18, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    here in Alabama there are lot of ghost town that where built just for the coal companies and most of them were around the cahaba coal fields

  16. Officer NASCAR48

    May 22, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    Abandoned places in NY wow

  17. Brody Jones

    May 31, 2017 at 5:38 am

    I love abandoned places good video man keep it up

  18. Sir. Thomas Danielle Van Winkle

    May 31, 2017 at 3:32 pm


  19. Scott Aten

    June 1, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Neat series!

  20. RON Brown

    June 3, 2017 at 5:24 pm


  21. SAB8

    June 3, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    Do you have a Patreon site?

  22. Keep Peace

    June 4, 2017 at 5:29 am

    You have a highly trained voice OR you have some digital voice alteration because I can hear a slight Asian accent at times.

  23. Scott's Wood

    June 4, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    How is a failed dam a "strange abandoned place"?

  24. desertdispatch

    June 11, 2017 at 6:38 am

    underground fires under cenetralia?  where and how does the fire able to maintain oxygen to keep going.?

  25. Christopher Gould

    June 14, 2017 at 2:29 am

    Just found this video and it's funny because I used to live near two of the places.
    Grossingers Golf Course in Liberty, NY. It's still there and still a complete eye soar that no-one wants to deal with. The property is huge and there's a lot of potential. But between the outrageous taxes and lack of interest in Sullivan County, this place will most likely remain abandoned for a long time to come.
    And Bannerman Castle, it's a beautiful place to visit. They now have walking guided tours as well as lunch and dinner groups on the island during during the summer. Obviously only accessible by boat, but still a cool place to see.
    Thanks guys.

  26. Swashbucklingfox

    June 16, 2017 at 4:12 am

    I grew up in sight of Bannermans island in Beacon NY!!

  27. ElfHighMage

    June 17, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    I would have nominated Detroit for this video

  28. Roxxane D'troyt

    June 21, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    isnt that building in sweet home alabama ?

  29. Lori Coleman

    June 22, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    #1 is actually in Beacon, not Fishkill. I grew up there. As well…it's now a Hot Spot to go to on a tour. Many structural renovations have been made to accommodate safety on the tours. I love that this made #1!!!!

  30. Charles Smith

    June 27, 2017 at 8:24 am

    excellent video, great dialogue and content, thanks!!!

  31. Clash With GingerAsp

    June 28, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Great videos! You have an awesome voice for narration

  32. Thomas Branson

    June 29, 2017 at 9:58 pm


  33. Christopher Rose

    June 30, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Isn't there anything on the west coast?

  34. Ms Temptation

    July 6, 2017 at 4:18 am

    Sorry but your voice is annoying.
    I had to keep pausing the video because I found your narration very cringe worthy.

  35. davidking3311

    July 10, 2017 at 12:49 am

    The Holland Island house is finally gone, 2010 I think.

  36. luv3daysgrace1

    July 12, 2017 at 1:36 am

    Live in Tuscaloosa, have visited Los Angeles & Vegas. Awesome video!

  37. thecman26

    July 12, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Look into Picher Oklahoma!

  38. samrawstein

    July 14, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    You should look into the LORRAINE DIViNE HOTEL in Philadelphia.

  39. Redrally

    August 7, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    I really shouldn't but the story of Bannerman Castle just made me laugh XD

  40. Mike Jacobsen

    August 15, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Need to look into the superconducting Super Collider in Waxahachie Texas

  41. Melinda Atha

    August 16, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    I really enjoy your presentations. I lived in Key West most of my childhood.

  42. This Guy !!!

    August 19, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    lol fun times

  43. Jake Wladkowski

    August 24, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Byrnsville? More like Burnsville ? kms

  44. Daniel

    August 25, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    Lol, Byrnsville on fire.

  45. twilight's last gleaming

    September 10, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    GOOD JOB !!! Very informative and enjoyable, Not like some of these types of videos where the narrator sounds like he/she is reading a script!

  46. tylergamer 2234

    September 17, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    so im the only one that didn't know about Centralia .-.

  47. Choua Vue

    September 17, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    I just show this to people when they say they want to be on their own island and enjoy the sun.

  48. Sheepstetkid

    September 21, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    The trump towers in Florida

  49. Cubius Blockus

    September 28, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Such a waste of such beauty. fix those castles damnit.

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