Pennsylvania’s history is intrinsic to our understanding of America’s expansion. As the second state in the nation, much of America’s early industrial history can be traced back to Pennsylvania and its two largest cities, Philadelphia and Pittsburg.
Not only was the Declaration of Independence signed in Philadelphia in 1776, it was also the capital city of the United States from 1790 to 1800. More than two centuries later, evidence of much of this history is slowly being erased from our present-day landscape.
For the armchair urban explorer and history buff alike, Abandoned Pennsylvania: Industry and Endings takes a journey through Pennsylvania’s industrial, recreational, correctional, and educational past. Scranton Lace Factory, the anchor of a small industrial town, and the irreplaceable Inn at Buck Hill Falls were once bustling cogs in a growing state’s fortunes; a fireplace and a clock tower are all that remain to remind us of their existence.
Of other buildings, such as the Transfiguration of Our Lord Church and Thomas Edison High School, nothing remains. In their place is an athletic field, a Save-A-Lot store, and a parking lot. Industry and Endings illuminates the regrettable fact that our hunger for progress is outstripping our respect for the past.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Susan Tatterson is Professor of Digital Media at Central Arizona College. She began photographing America’s abandoned landscape in 2008 as part of her MFA thesis at the University of Baltimore. Her photographs have been exhibited at solo and group shows in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Arizona, as well as being featured in Baltimore Magazine, and the indie film The Curio Shop. Her website, Spirits of the Abandoned, features work from more than seventy abandoned locations across the U.S. Her work has been described by local historians as “heartbreakingly beautiful” and “simply gorgeous.” Originally from Australia, Sue moved to the United States in 2001.
Publisher: America Through Time
Imprint: America Through Time
Series: America Through Time
Publication Date: 28th August 2023
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA)
PHOTOGRAPHY / Subjects & Themes / Regional (see also TRAVEL / Pictorials)
HISTORY / United States / General