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Duluth Armory
Duluth, MN

This armory was built in 1915 for the 3rd Regiment of the Minnesota National Guard. During the World Wars, it was a place where troops would train and muster, and where equipment was stored. Occasionally, […]

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Fort de la Chartreuse
Liège, Belgium

The Dutch began building this fort in 1818. The Belgians used it as a barracks. The Germans used it as a prison for the Belgians. The Americans used it as a hospital for the Allied Forces. It was abandoned in the 1980s.

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Gopher Ordnance Works
Rosemount, MN

It died when a nuke went off–and it looks like it. Nobody perished with it, though, and there is no radioactivity… just smokestacks and dead-end roads. This withered war plant has seen better days, but who doesn’t find the post-apocalyptic aesthetic a little intriguing?

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INAAP: Indiana Army Ammunition Plant
Charlestown, IN

This is War City, a 10,000-acre bomb that leveled a swath of Indiana to sow the seed of a World War Two powder plant. Now it sits as, arguably, the largest abandonment in North America, with thousands of structures and miles of abandoned roads and sidewalks connecting them all. This place was so huge that I had to spend two days there, squatting overnight, just to see a fraction of its ruins.

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Sunflower Ordnance Works
DeSoto, KS

What can be done if you want to cover thousands of acres peppered with abandonments? Swap that 20mpg for a proper 10-speed, chuck it over the barbed wire, then take off with a camera on your back. There’s nothing like biking through the abandoned military-industrial complex, so do you think you can keep up?