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A Visit to the Packard Ruins in Detroit


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Here's a large photo essay from a visit in July to the Packard ruins on East Grand Boulevard in Detroit. In the past year or so, the disintegration of the buildings has really begun to accelerate. It won't be long now.

Ruins Porn: The Detroit Packard Plant | Mac's Motor City Garage

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Caution: If you are planning to visit yourself, at the very least take a cell phone and use the buddy system. It's very dangerous there, and that's just the facility, with traps, deep, unmarked holes, falling debris, etc. The area seemed peaceful when I last visited, but only a few days later several armed robberies were reported. My best advice is don't go.

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We paid a brief visit to Detroit and Packard the plant in October 2010 on the way to Hershey. It is one breathtaking display of industrial decay.

While we were there a wedding party charter bus arrived for photos outside the plant and were thrilled to use the old Dodge for a few shots. I scored a brick and large hunk of heavy-duty window screen from one of the ancillary buildings — I have used screen bits several times for garage projects.

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We paid a brief visit to Detroit and Packard the plant in October 2010 on the way to Hershey. It is one breathtaking display of industrial decay.

While we were there a wedding party charter bus arrived for photos outside the plant and were thrilled to use the old Dodge for a few shots. I scored a brick and large hunk of heavy-duty window screen from one of the ancillary buildings — I have used screen bits several times for garage projects.

Yes, the local hipsters have organized croquet parties etc at the plant. But with the accelerated disintegration of the structures and the perpetual fires (arson, of course) much of the complex is now standing rubble. Not much left.

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I could look at these photos all day. These types of structures and their stories have always interested me. Form Detroit, to Gary, IN, to the old Catskill vacation destinations. I always find my self wondering about large buildings and how they find themselves empty, but still standing. I hate to see them torn down, but i also realize that's often the only real way to end them.

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I always find my self wondering about large buildings and how they find themselves empty, but still standing. I hate to see them torn down, but i also realize that's often the only real way to end them.

And that is where I am proud to say that Virginia, especially, Richmond Virginia, is taking control of their old Tobacco Factories and turning them into beautiful loft apartments. I love seeing the old names still stenciled on the buildings from days gone by. A shame more of this country could not preserve buildings like this for our children to admire.

On another note, I ran into a gentleman in the Cedar Rapids Meet this year that is having his region put an "Old Factory" tour together around all of the old buildings that used to be used for car and truck manufacturing. I think it was Cleveland, or maybe a little further west. Great idea!!

Wayne

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On another note, I ran into a gentleman in the Cedar Rapids Meet this year that is having his region put an "Old Factory" tour together around all of the old buildings that used to be used for car and truck manufacturing. I think it was Cleveland, or maybe a little further west. Great idea!!

Wayne

That's a really cool idea. I know it has been done (non-AACA) in the Indianapolis area. The Stutz complex still stands (and is "restored" / occupied / in daily use) as do some other buildings noted for their automotive past.

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