I just got back from a road trip from Philadelphia down through the South, and spotted a lot of abandonment along the way. The real pay dirt was in Jackson, Mississippi, a capital city with a downtown as eerily abandoned as Baton Rouge's. Anyone ever see the early '70s movie The Omega Man, starring Charlton Heston? I recommend it during this fine Halloween season, and driving through empty Jackson was like Heston driving through empty L.A. in that movie.
But first, how about a nice burned-out motel? [Click to enlarge]
That motel was somewhere in Virginia or West Virginia. This was nearby in a suffocatingly small, creepy little town.
In that same town were living setups such as this.
Moving on, as anyone smart who could probably would from this town, we found the abandoned Tanglewood Child Development Center in Memphis on Elvis Presley Boulevard.
Any time you add rusty children's playground equipment to an abandoned building, it's guaranteed extra creepiness.
The other view approaching this building from Graceland was spookier since the other sign was in even worse shape, but I didn't get a pic. Skipping ahead to the last day of our trip, we have the best find of all, in Jackson, Mississippi: the abandoned
Sun-n-Sand Motor Hotel (or as some might call it, "Motel"). I just mistyped it Sun-n-Sad, which is more appropriate, since there was no sand in sight.
I bet this place had rad decor. Inside you can see the pink ladies' and gents' room doors and wood paneling (probably faux wood, I'm thinking).
Believe it or not, this place is directly across the street from official state office buildings.
Check out that pink area above the lobby. What would this be at a motel? Not penthouse suites?
Here's the side view of what turned out to be just building one of this motel.
Apparently, at some more populated time than now, Jackson used to get a lot of travelers? Because here is building number two, which was much more accessible for exploration.
But first you had to step over this bird skeleton!
Bottle and can evidence inside made it seem like we could get in if we tried the right door, probably around back somewhere. But we felt out of our league in this desolate city and wanted to scram.
This seems to be some sort of public area--conference room? Lounge?
And then it was time to get out of Dodge before the zombies arrived.