Abandoned Playground Victoreen



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Abandoned Playground
Victoreen Instrument Company owner John A. “Jack” Victoreen (1902-1986) started out as a Cleveland, Ohio radio and radio parts manufacturer. By the late 1920s (Victoreen Radio Co. later became George A. Walker Co.). Later, the Victoreen Instrument Co. was founded in 1928 to manufacture and market radiation measurement instrumentation. Victoreen provided much of the radiation equipment for the secret Manhattan Project which would develop the nuclear bombs that were dropped on Japan. Victoreen provided 95% of the instrumentation for the Bikini atomic bomb tests after World War II where over 250 atomic bombs were detonated in the USA air space that caused thousands of American cancer deaths. The instrument division would grow to be a major supplier of civil defense radiation survey meters in the 1960’s, and a supplier of instruments to every branch of industry and medicine involving radiation. Furthermore, dectors were sold thousands of civilians because of nuclear threats during the cold war. Victoreen was sold and broken up into small companies. By 1980, Sheller-Globe which owned Victoreen disposed of some additional units which were not as profitable as desired. Some remnants of the Victoreen Company are still in business today including the resistor division now owned by Ohmite and the radiation monitoring business that is now part of Fluke Biomedical. Soon after the sale of Victoreen, the building on South Woodland Cleveland Ohio would go vacant. The Victoreen corporate children’s playground would also go vacant. The abandoned property now is visited by looters, scrap dealer and polluters. The property is completer contained with asbestos, lead paint, possible radiation, and other environmental hazards.
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Abandoned Power House



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In the late 1800’s Cleveland’s streetcars were powered by horse and mule. Cleveland wanted to electrify streetcars by 1890. In the spring of 1888, the East Cleveland Railroad Company, only one of numerous streetcar companies, started building a power plant at Cedar Avenue and Ashland Road. This power plant opened in 1888. By 1889. many electrical cars were running to Public Square. In 1899 the plant added a new 400-ton, 32-foot high General Electric generator which at that time was one of the largest in the world. In 1902, the plant installed a new coal handing system were an entire train car of coal was lifted and dumped into an overhead coal storage bin. The plant was so successful that by 1912, the plant outsourced power to the Illuminating Company.
In 1917, the Cleveland Railway Company left the Cedar Avenue power house and their other building tenant Cleveland Ice Machine Company later in 1922 becomes Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing. Westinghouse would manufacture and sell circuit breakers, motors and controls for elevators, insulating materials, fuses, lights, lighting fixtures, electric motors, electric panel boards, , safety switches, fans, small turbines, switchboards, water heaters, welding equipment and other electrical products. By 1933, Westinghouse transferred its local sales and service offices to Edgewater Park, where an existing lighting products division was located. In 1936, Thompson Products purchased several buildings from the Cleveland Railway Company. Thompson produced bolts, automobile engine valves for high-performance aircraft engines. In 1941, Thompson Products known as Tapco ( Thompson Aircraft Products Company) made other products including booster pumps for airplanes. After WWII, Thompson Products had a major decline and layed off 90% of their employees 1958 Thompson Products merged with Ramo-Wooldridge Light Metals division. In 1961, Thompson-Ramo-Wooldridge (TRW) started to move to the Independence warehouse and headquarters in 1962, Thompson-Ramo-Wooldridge (TRW), sold their Ashland Road property. After Thompson left, the Ashland Road plant became the new facility for Virden Manufacturing Company which was originally named The Howler Manufacturing Company. Tithe Company expanded into the manufacture of fluorescent and incandescent lighting equipment, and then into commercial and residential lighting products. In 1965, the Virden Company was acquired by Scott & Fetzer and the company became known as the Virden Lighting division. Scott & Fetzer laid off hundreds from the Virden Lighting division due to a housing slump in 1970. The company sold off its Virden Lighting and Rembrandt Lamp divisions in 1977 to a new company Virden Corporation, which employed 360 people. In 1979, Virden failed to make payment to 300 employees and closed. Several years later he was transferred to Weiser Management Inc. In 2012 the property was transferred to Sandusky Solutions LLC.
Today this is known as the Oreo building. Urban explores bring milk and Oreos for a snack while the walk around this history place. I will have to go back a second time with Oreos and milk.

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Landfill Methane Walmart



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Landfill Methane Walmart. In this video, you will see what happens when you build on a garbage dump.
Garfield Heights and developers were excited to build Ohio’s first retail development City View Center on a garbage dump landfill. The 491,000 square foot shopping strip obtained tenants like Bed, Bath & Behind, Circuit City, A.J. Wright, Office Max, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Pet Smart, Giant Eagle, Walmart, Circuit City, and more. Within the first year, the parking lots started to settle, crack, and sink. In 2006, Walmart evacuated due to supposed methane leaks. Additionally, the EPA started to put on pressure about the methane gas underground sewers. Walmart was the first to close its doors just before the 2008 holiday season. It was alleged that Walmart closed due to odor, methane, and unsafe building conditions. Walmart had a store near Bedford which was east of City View Center, and had another store at the Steelyard Commons which was west of City View Center. That would make three Walmart stores within a drones view. Maybe Walmart overbuilt a bit.

It is odd, is that one of these stores was located near (1300 yards away) a fenced in former radioactive Harshaw Chemical Plant that closed in 1958. The 1500 people from the Manhattan project worked at this plant refining uranium 235 which has a half-life of 700 million years. This Uranium 235 was used for building atomic bombs (Fat Man) during World War II. After Walmart moved out, the City View complex slowly emptied out and now, during the winter of 2014 the shopping plaza looks like a ghost town. This is what I think happened; Man #1 sold the garaged dump with stores to Man #2 for a 100 million. Man #2 quit paying his 80 million dollar loan. We now have methane, sinking parking lots, odor, and orange ooze liquids. Let’s give this complex to the homeless. In many USA states, it is illegal to be homeless. It is alleged that special operation’s agents are snatching up homeless in unmarked white and black vans and leaving their grocery carts full of their belongings on street sides. This is happening in New Jersey, maybe California and maybe other states. Instead of letting FEMA and Homeland Security snatch up the homeless and send them to one of the 700 FEMA CAMPS, let’s turn the Garbage Heights Ghost town City View into a Sustainable City Homeless View. The homeless can generate their own power with the garbage dump’s methane, collect rain water from the rooftops, and pump their sewerage to the top of the garbage dump mound. Finally, if FEMA really wants to help, they can come and install their barb wired fences. At least now, if the homeless own their own home or facility, they won’t be afraid to take a shower.

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Abandoned Observatory



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Abandoned Observatory East Cleveland Ohio. The Warner and Swasey Observatory is the astronomical observatory of Case Western Reserve University. The observatory was located on Taylor Road in East Cleveland, Ohio, USA. The observatory, which at that time housed a 9.5-inch refractor telescope, was donated in 1919 to the Case School of Applied Science. Between 1919 and 1950, a few more telescopes came and gone. In the 1950s, light pollution from Cleveland was beginning to make research impossible from the East Cleveland site. A new site was constructed 30 miles to the east in Geauga County, known today as the Nassau Station
In May 1979, the newer 36-inch reflector telescope on Taylor Road was moved to the Nassau Station. No further astronomical work was done at the Taylor Road The Taylor Road facility was sold in 1983, was abandoned until 2005 when it was sold to a couple who planned to convert the building into a residence. The plans stalled when its new owner was convicted of mortgage fraud and sent to prison in 2007.

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Urban Exploring Abandoned Rayon Corporation Painseville Ohio
Industrial Rayon Corporation (IRC) in Cleveland and in Painseville Ohio manufactured rayon yarn. Rayon was the world’s first synthetic fiber, which found use in items ranging from undergarments in WWII to tires all over the world. Rayon production using continuous spinning process at the West Boulevard plant (Cleveland Ohio) and the Painesville plant reached vey high levels during WWII. The company slowed down during the the Depression, during some labor strikes and environmental complaints, and in post-war years demand for rayon became low.

Industrial Rayon Corporation was incorporated on July 20, 1925 and since its merger with Midland-Ross the name of Industrial Rayon Division of Midland-Ross Corporation was used. During the a ten year period of 1951 to 1961, Industrial Rayon’s production manufacture rayon cord for the manufacture of car tires for and the rayon yarn for clothes.

The introduction of nylon and other synthetic tire cords during the early 1950’s slowed down the Rayon production. In 1980 the Painseville plant shut down.

In the video a man was interviewed. We believe that he may have been talking about the Diamond Shamrock site down the street. We were told that Tiger Woods bought the contaminated land down the street (Old Diamond Shamrock site) for a future golf coarse. Well we all know what happened to Tiger.

Some disclaimers
When we visitied the site, we entered throught the front gate in a car.
The bat was added. Yes we did see a few bats.
The groundhog was added. Yes we did see a groundhog.
The deer was added. OK, so I am streaching this one. I only saw deep prints.

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Hoodeech (Band Name)
Richard Fury on guitar and vocals
Robinn Banks on vocals and percussion
Dr. Fire on base guitar and vocals
The Hit-Man on concussions and vocals
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Abandoned East Cleveland



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East Cleveland was partially founded by Scottish immigrants, whose names can still be found in the city such as Shaw Ave. , McIlrath Ave. , and Eddy Rd. . East Cleveland incorporated as a village in 1895 and became a city in 1911. This charter included provisions for women’s suffrage, which at the time was unheard of east of the Mississippi River. Before the charter passed, the city of Cleveland unsuccessfully attempted to annex the municipality in 1910 and in 1916.
East Cleveland includes a portion of Euclid Avenue, which from the 1860s through the 1920s was known as “Millionaire’s Row.” The many estates along this stretch of road in East Cleveland including the home of the late John D. Rockefeller, the Standard Oil founder and “the world’s first billionaire.”
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Abandoned churches. St. Joseph Byzantine Catholic Church was located on Orleans Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio and was initially constructed in 1913 and rebuilt in 1928. After 70 years the church closed in 1980. The building struggled along for several decades before becoming abandoned in 2002. The clergymen were permitted to get married which caused some issues with Roman Catholics. Many of Byzantine Rite Catholics defected to the Russian Orthodox Church.
Byzantine Rite Catholic Church, also called Greek Catholic, was founded that retained much of the Eastern Orthodox traditions. Masses were held on Old Slavonic rather than traditional Catholic Latin They used the Julian calendar instead of the Gregorian calendar.
In the 1970s, the neighborhood began to decline both in population and in demographics. The congregation was steadily shrinking and not being replaced. During this time, parish members began migrating out of the city to the suburbs. The expense of maintaining the building and the grounds forced the congregation to abandon the location in 1980. Later, the building was taken over by the Greater Zion Hill Baptist Church community, who in turn abandoned the building.
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