Unusual Abandoned Places In The United States

Date: 2019-09-05 12:15:00

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The strangest abandoned locations across America! From a desolate prison in Ohio to an empty lighthouse off the shores of Oregon.

#11 Salton Riviera
Amid the deserts of California, just under 60 miles outside of Palm Springs, is the relic of the resort town that never was. Also known as Salton Seaside, Salton City, or American Riviera, this settlement was centered around the city’s marina and was advertised in the 1960s as a desert beach oasis. But rising water elevation, a lack of employment opportunities, and dangerous pollution levels in the Salton Sea all led to this city’s downfall as 81% of it remains incomplete and undeveloped.
#10 Mansfield Reformatory
Also called the Ohio State Reformatory, this famed prison has a whole lot of history. Between 1886 and 1910, the Mansfield Reformatory was built upon a 40-acre property. Originally, this land was used as a training camp during the American military contention for secession in the 1860s. But by the time 1867 rolled around, the region became approved for the location of a new Intermediary Penitentiary, meant to be a halfway stop between a juvenile detention center and the State Penitentiary. The first batch of prisoners to serve time here would assist in its construction, being put to work building the institution’s sewer system and 25-foot-tall outer wall. Once it was complete, the prison remained functional and in full use until a decree forced its closure in 1990 due to overcrowding and poor living conditions. Since then, the Mansfield Reformatory has been under rehabilitation and has served as a setting in famous films and other works like Air Force One and The Shawshank Redemption.