Sterns & Fosters Factory:Part II “The Sub Zero Visit”

What better to do on a day when the ambient air temperature is 0F and the wind whipping through “the Lockland Canyon” is being fanned by the trucks and the cars that race down I-75S in the mad rush of the day.

The building is slowly being demolished as men in HAZMAT suits roam around the site that is active but soon to be only a memory. The cold weather seems to inhibit the process little and the ice and frost formations turned out by a giant water cannon, are beautiful in some winter wonderland kind of way.

Once again as we toured around the outside perimeter we were asked by someone to whom’s property we were on, could they help us? As always honesty is the best policy as most of the locals seem sad to see the old eyesore being carved up before there eyes. There does seem to be a melancholy atmosphere around the building, as an era of American industrial and commercial power is revealed layer by layer and then destroyed.

As we were able to zoom in with our cameras we could see artifacts of industry and economical competition and might inside. An occasional blackboard, cork board and even a couch could be seen. All these left inside to suffer the same fate as the building that housed them for so long.

It was a bracing day and we had a limited amount of time before dark, the end of the work day and the cold took its toll on us but we found it not only exciting but essential to document the death of not only the Sterns & Foster building but an era as well. HINT: when you go out to do an investigation dress properly for the weather, it’s hard in such bitter cold but layer up, hats, scarfs, gloves and a good pair of waterproof boots are essential for you to have on, you could be injured without them and it’s no fun when the weather drives you away.

There is plus side of our little foray into Lockland are many on this cold day and it seems every time we visit. The HAZMAT personnel were very cool, even taking poses on the rubble so we could get some apocalyptic shots…thanks guys!! We are also given the opportunity to learn local history, visit the few open shops that remain, such as “The Glass Menagerie,” a cool little antique shop right across form the police station and make new friends and reconnect with our cool past!

The building is now 3/4’s gone and is in its final death throes. I asked one gentleman who was interested why we were out there, how long he though the old girl had? To my surprise he thought mid-March. Lets hope they leave something standing, like the gothic smokestack, as a reminder to us all of what once was the life blood of a prosperous community and the promise that it can be again.

The ice and frost of a sub zero day are hauntinh
The ice and frost of a sub zero day are haunting
From across the freezing Lockland Canyon
From across the freezing Lockland Canyon
Two giant demolition back hoes work in the cold and almost nothing stands in their wake.
Two giant demolition back hoes work in the cold and almost nothing stands in their wake.
The work around the smokestack so maybe it will be the last man standing
The work around the smokestack so maybe it will be the last man standing
There is a certain beauty in the destruction as frost painting appear from the icy water of a huge cannon
There is a certain beauty in the destruction as frost painting appear from the icy water of a huge cannon
Hazmat workers roam the site and pose for their favorite Urban Paranormal Commandos
Hazmat workers roam the site and pose for their favorite Urban Paranormal Commandos
Ironic sign when paired with someone's great sense of humor
Ironic sign when paired with someone’s great sense of humor
The old couch sits alone and unused on this day because in this cold who wants to sit down?
The old couch sits alone and unused on this day because in this cold who wants to sit down?
America and its beauty are sometimes haunting as Old Glory stands up and salutes in the strong and freezing winds
America and its beauty are sometimes haunting as Old Glory stands up and salutes in the strong and freezing winds
The bizarre but welcoming sign "dead Pet" still greets me on my way home but for how much longer...?
The bizarre but welcoming sign “dead Pet” still greets me on my way home but for how much longer…?

We will hopefully have the chance for a couple more trips before its all gone and then come back and see what the future has in store so watch for our updates………

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Sterns & Fosters Factory:Part II “The Sub Zero Visit”

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