Historically, Atlanta, Georgia, has been recognized for its peanuts, peaches, pecans, and its infamous red clay. While many people residing and visiting the city metropolitan areas can enjoy plenty of adventures, this beautiful state also has its fair share of overlooked places and needs someone to carry out some major upkeep. A lack of maintenance has added charm to most of these abandoned spots, and people love exploring such places. Atlanta has some coolest abandoned places around, so locate these places if you are looking for spooky fun. Here are five Abandoned Places you need to visit in Atlanta at some point when you are in town.
5. The Atlanta Prison Farm, 1420 Key Rd SE, Atlanta
This Atlanta Prison Farm was reported by a particular website that was promoted to save it. According to Odyssey, this abandoned prison sits on a 1,248-acre farm that was acquired in 1918 by the United States Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta. This place is not your usual prison. It was created to detain those who were found with minor criminal offenses. The idea behind the prison farm was to experiment with rehabilitating offenders to captivate and harvest their own food. The prisoners also kept different types of farm animals, and the guards who were watching over them on the farm were not allowed to walk around the farm with firearms. These guards stationed at the prison were mainly experts in agriculture rather than correctional officers. Although this prison became successful for some time, it was abruptly closed down in 1965, and that piece of land has remained desolated since then. Legend has it that the farm became a burial site where many of Atlanta Zoo’s dead large animals and elephants were taken. The facility has experienced numerous fire incidents. Dozens of artists who have come to visit this place in recent times have covered its wall with colorful graffiti. It is the perfect place to visit when you plan to shoot a traditional horror flick music video.
4. The Bridge to Nowhere, Northside Dr. NW and Highway 78
If you have been to Atlanta and driven at the intersection of Northside Dr. NW and Highway 78, you might have passed this “bridge to Nowhere” without even noticing it. From the records of Historic Bridges.org, this bridge was constructed in 1912, and it is found just off of Buckhead Avenue. This bridge was raised to be used as the main route to ease Atlanta traffic. The name given to it came from the mere fact that it led people to nowhere. It only drops people off over the highway where there isn’t a connecting road. It has been desolate for some time, and slowly it has become a home for homeless people and is being overtaken by the earth.
3. Pratt-Pullman Train Yard, South of Little Five Points
Pratt-Pullman Train Yard is situated on the southern part of Little Five Points as you head away from Dekalb highway. This train yard sits on a 27-acre piece of land, and since its stop operation, it has slowly been forgotten with time. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, gates to this facility first opened in 1900 as the Machine Company and Pratt Engineering which used to create military machinery and weaponry to serve the army personnel fighting in the First World War. In 1922, Pullman Tran Company purchased this facility to use it as a maintenance warehouse for train cars. This facility has occasionally been used to shoot movie scenes such as the “Fast and Furious” and “Hunger Games.” The train yard facility is still abandoned, and the area is taken over by greenery and walls with graffiti.
2. Alonzo Herndon Stadium, Morris Brown College in Atlanta
Alonzo Herndon Stadium has brought enjoyable memories to sports fans that used to attend games at this stadium. This facility was constructed in 1996 to host the Atlanta Olympic hockey games. According to Atlanta Magazine, Herndon Stadium was named by the man who donated this parcel of land to be used by Morris Brown College known as Mr. Alonzo Herdon. This philanthropic man was the first African American millionaire to hail from Atlanta. When you visit this place in downtown Atlanta, you will see the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium and the Georgia Dome from the top of the stadium for a few minutes. Soon after the Olympics game concluded, the Alonzo Herndon Stadium was used as a set for shooting a scene “Fairfield Stadium “in the movie “We Are Marshall. It was also used by Ray Charles when he held a concert performance. Trouble began when the school lost accreditation, and the number of students attending it dropped. It became a dumping site for garbage, and visitors left the wall with graffiti. The college has continued to enroll about 40 students, but the stadium, which was once a location of excitement, is a remembrance place that stands empty today.
1. Pullman Yard—Rogers St NE, Atlanta
Pullman Yard is another abandoned place that sits on 25 acres of a piece of land along Roger Street. This facility has over 100,000 square feet of some of the oldest historic buildings. The story has amazing rich history tales about Atlanta, which are worth sharing. This yard was once used as agricultural machinery, which served as an employment center where residential development was conducted in the area. It served as a manufacturing center during the First World War, where munitions were created. Then, of course, this place later becomes a tourist train spot. Unfortunately, this place was abandoned, and it started to be overrun by nature for lack of maintenance after a long period. However, it still looks like a hauntingly beautiful area that you can visit. Overall, although these five places are full of history, Atlanta has chosen to overlook the history these places held in the city by neglecting them until the earth takes them back as its own or will destroy them to build luxury apartment buildings. It is high time that Atlanta rehabilitates these places and keeps them in good condition to set an example of historic restoration and preservation. You can visit them before they face complete destruction.