Sunday, May 18, 2014

Raybestos Memorial Field

With just a quick blink you might miss it, or maybe just mistake it as woods. But this massive now abandoned softball field once held over 12,000 people. It was known as Raybestos Memorial Field and hosted the Stratford Brakettes Woman’s Softball team. The field hosted many notable games including the 1974 ISF Women's World Championship in which the United States defeated Japan for the gold medal. The field was owned and operated by Raymark Industries, Inc. a major asbestos removal company which had a factory adjacent to the field. Everything took a turn for the worst in the late 1980’s when allegations that Raymark Industries had been burring asbestos underground outside its factory. The EPA came in and discovered that the field which opened in 1947 and area surrounding it was highly contaminated, and like that the factory was shut down and the field shut its gates in 1987.


The field remains intact today with not many things at all removed due to the fear of releasing asbestos fibers into the air.
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Rural 169

Guest Post: submitted by Megan Anne

 
 
If you ever take a trip to the quiet corner of northeastern Connecticut, rural route 169 is the way to go. Bail on I-395 and opt for the scenic path. 169 takes you through rolling hills, farmland, forests, and historic landmarks. Along the way, there are a plethora of abandoned, grown-over buildings (but unfortunately, a number of them fall in occupied backyards.)
One of my first trips to the northeast took me past this abandoned silo. It stands out against the horizon and it’s surprisingly overgrown for being on what seems like a manicured landscape, so while someone must be taking some care of the land, the silo has failed its purpose and it’s left to rot. 
                                  
 
There’s nothing really haunting about it, but since there is so little traffic on 169, it can be eerily quiet. There is a dirt road off to one side but it doesn’t seem to go anywhere. That will be a trip for another day I guess. I just thought the tower stands out so perfectly against the backdrop! I’ve been by it now in every season and it’s one of my favorite 169 landmarks. 
                                   
 
There’s nothing interesting inside, just dust and vines now. I would imagine there must have been something else nearby that’s since grown over, like a farm or something of use. But this is all that’s left.                                      
                                              

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Bright new future for the once abandoned Powder Ridge

 
Most of the places we feature have a grim outlook on their future... but here is a nice surprise for once. Take a look at this story released by WTNH on the bright new future of Powder Ridge. Also be sure to check out our old story on the once "abandoned" Power Ridge...