Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Mars Bluff Bomb Crater

Posted by Stu On June - 28 - 2012

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Photos from June 2011

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Another find due to geocaching.  I wanted to make a day trip out of our visit to South of the Border, and I happened to notice this oddity was just outside Florence.

On March 11, 1958, an Air Force pilot heading to England accidentally dropped a bomb on the community of Mars Bluff.  Nobody was killed, but the home of Walter Gregg was leveled, and some of his family members were hurt in the blast.  Although often referred to as an “atomic” bomb blast, the nuclear core of this bomb was thankfully not in it when it was dropped.

Getting to the bomb crater site was rather tricky.  We had to park in an abandoned trailer park, which had several uncovered manholes on its “roads.”  An overgrown path first led to the foundation of the destroyed home and then to the bomb site.  We were surprised to see the site is somewhat maintained, complete with a wooden replica of the bomb and a board with information about the incident.

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The bomb crater itself was not exactly what I was expecting.  It’s only a few feet deep and looks more like a nearly empty pond than the site of a large explosion.  It has been more than 50 years, though, and nature is beginning to reclaim the blast site.

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Deer Lake Drive-In

Posted by Stu On January - 22 - 2007

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Another pleasant surprise. We were driving on Rt. 61 from Reading on our way to Centralia when Annie noticed the sign for this abandoned drive-in on the side of the road. I made a quick U-turn and jumped out to shoot some photos. The screen was pretty beat up, and a sign for some construction company was nearby. This will probably be leveled pretty soon, so I’m glad I got to see it when I did; according to Drive Ins.com, the ticket booth and projection building were demolished in ‘06. Among the rubble we saw an old swing set and a very, very destroyed set of monkey bars. The drive-in has been unused since 1996.

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Norwood – The Kislak Mansion

Posted by Stu On July - 21 - 2006

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I’ve received several emails about this house over the past few years.  I’ve been forgetting for quite a while to make note of this here, but it was completely demolished a few years back.

All gone.  No more.  Please stop asking for directions.

Lots of pictures to load; go walk your dog.

A friend has known about this place for years, and she was nice enough to take me to see it. Not only is the house huge (with 4 floors including the basement), but there are 2 houses: the mansion itself and a carriage house.

Information about the house, along with a gallery of Liz’s photos, will be added at a later date. Liz is quite the historian on this place.

We first checked out the carriage house and the small shed not far from it. The ground floor wasn’t overly impressive. Someone has written silly things on the walls – your generic “Save me”, “Help me” drivel. Surprisingly there was no Satanic crap; I would find that in the main house.

The floor at the base of the stairs wasn’t very safe; half of it was rotted away, and the rest can’t hold any weight.
Good thing I’m nimble.


I was amazed at the size of the main house. I was told beforehand the house had a servant’s side. That would become evident once we entered. One half of the place was very spacious and extravagant – large rooms, fancy curved doorways, very nice main room, an elevator, etc. You wouldn’t believe how many drawers and closets there are….or the amount of bathrooms. I was wondering if the place was a bed & breakfast.
The other side of the house was quite plain – regular ol’ doorways, regular staircase, smaller rooms….

We poked around the first floor a bit, then headed down to the basement. After that we headed to the second floor and finally the attic.

There are rumors of a second basement. I don’t know if it’s true or not, but there is a section of the basement floor filled in with dirt, which no doubt started that story.
…oh, and there were mushrooms growing out of the floor and walls down there too.

After the basement romp, it was time to head up to the top 2 levels. We noticed ketchup on the railing of the grand staircase; someone had spread it there and on random spots of the floor throughout the house. Guess they were trying to make it look like blood. I will admit it looked good on the stairs.

The house has its own elevator. The elevator door has been taken off and is now propped up across from the grand staircase, as seen below.


Rounded doors & doorways.


Some rooms were nearly intact…


…and some weren’t.


…honestly, what good did this closet do?

The attic was the end of our expedition. At one point, birds were living in it. We found a large nest and lots of crap. Liz said there used to be a very large unhatched egg. We found it smashed.


A couple more outside pics and we were off.

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Another Bridge to Nowhere

Posted by Stu On April - 20 - 2005

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Another bridge oddity, although this one is more unique than the first we found. Located in Mauricetown, this bridge has been turned into somewhat of a park…..well, what’s left of it anyway. A lone picnic table is on the bridge.


The other side of the bridge from the picnic table.

The other side of the bridge is a bit more interesting, with remains of some docks and a tiny building.


The picnic area from the other side.

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The Freight Station

Posted by Stu On March - 20 - 2005

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Why I’ve waited so long to put this one up I don’t know.
The Freight Station sits just on the side of Rt. 166, diagonally across from Huddy Park. It looks like a rail car and is quite weathered now. The middle part of the roof is sinking on the back part. The front, facing Rt. 166, is badly overgrown. Both ends are wide open.
A while ago a train track ran next to it, and a trestle spanned a small creek not far down the road. The trestle and rails have since been torn up, but rail spikes still occasionally pop up. The Freight Station has been abandoned ever since I can remember. I’ve been told it was simply a stop along the tracks, and I’ve also been told it was a small restaurant.
There was a lot of random junk inside: chairs, an old oven, tables….barely any room to move forward. Much of the stuff looks new, so I doubt it’s from when the place was open. But who would use an open building along a main road as storage…..in South Toms River of all places?

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Fireside Village

Posted by Stu On February - 20 - 2005

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Along Rt. 30 you can find the Fireside Steakhouse, which is now closed and for sale. Behind the building is an odd little village….almost looked like a Midgetville. The small town is called Fireside Village, and it has just about everything: its own chapel, a general store, a fire truck, and even its own doctor. Some of the displays have mannequins.
I don’t know what to say about the place. It looks like it was set up as a kiddie attraction (there’s not much else it could have been)…..but why behind a steakhouse? Didn’t help business very much, evidently.

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