Abandoned Places

Gator Land, 2020, South Bay, FL
Gator Land, 2020, South Bay, FL

Shot with Kodak Ektar 100 film on a vintage camera. Edited in Photoshop. Abandoned among the miles of sugarcane fields off US-27 is Gator Land, on the west side of the highway less than a quarter mile south of South Bay’s city limits. The former mayor of South Bay, J.C. Bowen, and his wife Mary Lou owned a gas station that they turned into a roadside attraction with live alligators because when tourists stopped to fill up or grab snacks they kept asking about where to find them. This is Florida

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Gator Land, 2020, South Bay, FL
Gator Land, 2020, South Bay, FL

Shot with Kodak Ektar 100 film on a vintage camera. Edited in Photoshop. Abandoned among the miles of sugarcane fields off US-27 is Gator Land, on the west side of the highway less than a quarter mile south of South Bay’s city limits. The former mayor of South Bay, J.C. Bowen, and his wife Mary Lou owned a gas station that they turned into a roadside attraction with live alligators because when tourists stopped to fill up or grab snacks they kept asking about where to find them. This is Florida

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Gator Land
Everglades Memorial Hospital, Pahokee, FL
Everglades Memorial Hospital, Pahokee, FL

Everglades Memorial Hospital opened in 1936 and closed its doors in 1998. It has been abandoned ever since.

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Everglades Memorial Hospital, Pahokee, FL
Everglades Memorial Hospital, Pahokee, FL

Cornerstone of the hopsital.

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Everglades Memorial Hospital, Pahokee, FL
Everglades Memorial Hospital, Pahokee, FL

The entrance to the emergency room.

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Everglades Memorial Hospital, Pahokee, FL
Everglades Memorial Hospital, Pahokee, FL

Everglades Memorial Hospital opened in 1936 and closed its doors in 1998. It has been abandoned ever since.

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Everglades Memorial Hospital
Abandoned Jail in Belle Glade, FL
Abandoned Jail in Belle Glade, FL

The Glades Correctional Institution. Founded in 1932, closed in 2011.

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Abandoned Church Jail
Abandoned Church Jail

This was as close as I could get since a fence has been set up around the perimeter.

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Abandoned Jail in Belle Glade, FL
Abandoned Jail in Belle Glade, FL

The Glades Correctional Institution. Founded in 1932, closed in 2011.

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Abandoned Jail in the Everglades
Abandoned Train Tracks
Abandoned Train Tracks

Abandoned train tracks at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on A1A and Sunrise Boulevard. Birch owned the land, and you can still visit his historic home The Bonnet House next door (it’s gorgeous and I want to throw the biggest soiree there). Birch willed the land to The Florida Park Service in 1941, and upon his death in 1943 they acquired it. It is now a quiet haven in Fort Lauderdale.

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Kayaking
Kayaking

When you go kayaking at Birch State Park then you go right underneath the old train tracks.

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Abandoned Train Tracks
Abandoned Train Tracks

Abandoned train tracks at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on A1A and Sunrise Boulevard. Birch owned the land, and you can still visit his historic home The Bonnet House next door (it’s gorgeous and I want to throw the biggest soiree there). Birch willed the land to The Florida Park Service in 1941, and upon his death in 1943 they acquired it. It is now a quiet haven in Fort Lauderdale.

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Abandoned Train Tracks at BSP
The Jupiter Dungeon, Jupiter, FL
The Jupiter Dungeon, Jupiter, FL

The Jupiter Dungeon is an abandoned underground parking garage for a would-have-been shopping center and hotel that was set to open in the mid-80s. Money got tight, so construction was halted, it was bought by a private investor in 1988 who did nada, and then was bought by the city in 1999. I didn’t want to stick around too long because the folks who gave me the coordinates also said they were arrested for trespassing last spring/summer, there’s very clear “no trespassing” signs.

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The Jupiter Dungeon, Jupiter, FL
The Jupiter Dungeon, Jupiter, FL

The Jupiter Dungeon is an abandoned underground parking garage for a would-have-been shopping center and hotel that was set to open in the mid-80s. Money got tight, so construction was halted, it was bought by a private investor in 1988 who did nada, and then was bought by the city in 1999. I didn’t want to stick around too long because the folks who gave me the coordinates also said they were arrested for trespassing last spring/summer, there’s very clear “no trespassing” signs.

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The Jupiter Dungeon
Silver Springs State Park, FL
Silver Springs State Park, FL

Ruins of Wild Waters Park, which are only accessible by kayak and exploring on land is not only forbidden but dangerous due to the prevalence of herpes monkeys (I kid you not) and alligators, of which I saw at least one on the bank. The water park was opened in 1978 by the ABC Corporation. Long story short (it involves big business involving itself with people who like small government), it shut down in 2016 and has been abandoned ever since.

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Silver Springs State Park, FL
Silver Springs State Park, FL

Ruins of Wild Waters Park, which are only accessible by kayak and exploring on land is not only forbidden but dangerous due to the prevalence of herpes monkeys (I kid you not) and alligators, of which I saw at least one on the bank. The water park was opened in 1978 by the ABC Corporation. Long story short (it involves big business involving itself with people who like small government), it shut down in 2016 and has been abandoned ever since.

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Coming Soon - Wild Waters Park in Ocala, FL
Osprey Nest Atop A Pineapple
Osprey Nest Atop A Pineapple

Shot with Kodak Portra 800 film at ISO 640 If you look closely then you can see the lights at the top of the fence that were used to illuminate the sign.

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Front of Building
Front of Building

Shot on Kodak Portra 800 film at ISO 640

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Driving up to Shonda's Souvenirs
Driving up to Shonda's Souvenirs

If it weren't for the giant pineapple it would be easy to miss the ruins of Shonda's Souvenirs off US-27. I was driving home from Orlando and decided to take the scenic route. The other shot I took makes the building look more sunny than it really is. In fact, there's quite a lot of shadows and shrubbery around it, so I was mindful that there may be critters or cats (both small and panthers) lurking about the premises.

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Osprey Nest Atop A Pineapple
Osprey Nest Atop A Pineapple

Shot with Kodak Portra 800 film at ISO 640 If you look closely then you can see the lights at the top of the fence that were used to illuminate the sign.

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Shonda's Souvenirs in the Greater Lake Placid, FL area (the Caladium Capital of the World, how 'bout that?)