10 favorite abandoned spots of 2016

by Kaylah Stroup

Although I didn’t go inside, this was one of my favorite exteriors. Don’t try to deny the fact it looks like a puppy!

The past two years I’ve made lists of my favorite abandoned places I visited over the course of the year. Despite the fact this year’s numbers are low, I think I actually only blogged about just over ten spots, I still wanted to make this list. Because I really love making lists, and because a lot of the places I explored this year hold some sort of special value to me. From the Knox County Poorhouse where I showed up on demolition day by accident but ended up getting a personal tour from the owner to the Rubber Bowl where my mom had seen the Rolling Stones many years before or Two Guns which I consider “our spot” since Jeff and I have such fun memories there. My numbers weren’t huge but the adventures were great.

abandoned trailer, theres always a chair


abandoned, camp building

abandoned, akron, rubber bowl

abandoned building, Cleveland, sunset

Bonus spot – not abandoned at all but it still kind of fits in the same category. This was one of my favorite nights, and I’m still excited about those photos.

Hopefully 2017 will include more abandoned buildings. I certainly miss it. Here’s to another year of great adventures!


Check out previous year’s favorite abandoned places here – 2014 + 2015.

You can find the rest of my posts on abandoned places under the “abandoned” tag. 

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Alexandra December 28, 2016 - 2:50 pm

I still need to get out to Kings Park! The Rubber Bowl was one of my favorite adventures ever but your snow photos are making me want to go back! Hopefully 2017 is the year we finally get to have an abandoned adventure together 🙂

Kaylah December 29, 2016 - 6:28 pm

I've got my fingers crossed! 🙂

Izzy December 28, 2016 - 5:39 pm

Always enjoy your abandoned building posts, hope you get to explore lots in 2017

The Quirky Queer

Kaylah December 29, 2016 - 6:29 pm

Thanks, Izzy! 🙂

Kirsten Legates December 28, 2016 - 8:18 pm

Oooh Knox County Poorhouse looks amazing! So jealous of all the cool places you went this year! Beautiful shots too
– Kirsten

Kaylah December 29, 2016 - 6:30 pm

Oh, it wasssss! I still can't believe I showed up RIGHT before it was demolished. Sooo stinken awesome.

steph rivers December 29, 2016 - 2:21 pm

Excellent, excellent. I think I'd also seen Two Guns on Roadside America sometime back but glad I saw it here so we'll remember to swing through (visiting a dear Phoenician next month). Love your abandoned posts!

Kaylah December 29, 2016 - 6:32 pm

It's seriously one of my favorite places in the whole world! If you're a geocacher, make sure to find the one in the cave! …or maybe just go in the cave anyway because it's cool. 😉

Kate @ GreatestEscapist.com January 2, 2017 - 6:04 pm

Damn, you find the coolest stuff. And I had no idea the Rubber Bowl was still standing!

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