Nervous In Navassa
Flickr user Emily Martian aka StoopidGirl and Abandoned Places contributor waitingonsunday deserve full props for venturing into the long-abandoned Cape Fear Meat Packing (awesome name!) company plant in Navassa, NC in 2009 and 2012, respectively. “I believe it was abandoned in the 1920’s or 40’s,” states Martian. “The owner supposedly hung himself, some kids in the sixties trip acid and thought he could fly so they jumped to their death, the 80’s film Cyborg had a fight scene here and I got shot at by some rednecks.” All in a day’s work for our intrepid urban explorers!
Prize With That?
“If you grew up in Albany, you remember the foul smells from this place hanging in the air,” states one of the commenters at Barre.me about the abandoned Tobin First Prize Center in West Albany, New York. The business closed its slaughterhouse and meat packing plant in 1981, laying off 600 workers though the brand itself is still popular today courtesy of the current owner of the brand, John Morrell and Company. The former plant’s 32-acre site is gradually being redeveloped in a piecemeal fashion so West Albanians can expect to see the First Prize Center sign mocking them over the short term. At least it no longer smells.
Night Of The Hunter
Some parts of the Hunter Packing Company plant in East St. Louis date back to 1893 and you can’t say the firm didn’t have a good run: it finally closed in 1982 and sat abandoned for over 25 years. According to Built St. Louis, demolition began in 2003, resumed in 2005, ceased by the end of 2006, and any remnants were completely demolished in 2012.
Going To Meat Its Maker
The Emge Food Processing plant and slaughterhouse in Fort Branch, Indiana, opened in 1928 and was abandoned in 1999. Since then, the plant has been victimized by fire in 2008, 2010, and again in 2012… this according to Love These Pics / Urbex who took the photos above shortly before the 2012 blaze. The current status of the plant is neither here nor there – partly demolished, it awaits either a final demolition or yet another fire.