A Map of Notable Post-industrial and Other Anachronistic Places
This is a map of locations culled from my research, reading and travel. Most of these places have some significance in the history of industrial production in the United States. Many are adaptive reuse projects. Others are structures that have been abandoned or are in ruins. Some others have been preserved on the merits of historic significance. Many of the points on this map don’t have anything to do with the industrial history of the US. They are places I think are interesting for one reason or another. The locations of most of the extant 19th century Kirkbride style asylums are marked here, for example. I have a fascination with underutilized central business districts and have marked the locations of many main street shopping districts. Many company towns are also marked. Where possible, I have included information about the product produced at industrial locations. A search for “shoes” then will show the broad outline of the historic geography of shoe production in the US. The industry was centered in eastern Massachusetts in the 19th century and then largely dispersed or moved to Missouri in the 20th. I hope to add filtering by year to this map soon. I’m not sure who, if anyone, will use this map or why. So I wasn’t sure how to organize its presentation of data. People interested in the ruins of deindustrialization might find it useful. People interested in ghost towns or general industrial history might use it for travel destination ideas. I have not personally been to many of the locations on this map and for many I have no idea as to access or current conditions. I’ve put a link to Google maps in the pop-ups that appear when points are clicked. The Google maps can be used to find directions and have recent satellite imagery of the sites. I will be occasionally improving this map and updating its database.
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