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Abandoned Pennsylvania: Scranton Lace Factory--Employee Showers {EXPLORE} | by Cheri Sundra: Guerrilla Historian
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Abandoned Pennsylvania: Scranton Lace Factory--Employee Showers {EXPLORE}

Scranton Lace manufacturing spanned two centuries of American history. They were the world’s largest producer of Nottingham lace. Their facility included bowling alleys, a gymnasium/theater, a barber shop, an event size kitchen, employee showers and a fully staffed infirmary.


In the middle of a shift in 2002, the employees of Scranton Lace were sent home, never to return again. What remained behind was a ghost-like museum of lace-making complete with employee belongings and lace left at mid-production within the looms.


The United States is experiencing the fallout from our industrial decline. Many small towns and big cities across the nation are dealing with abandoned factories, hotels, banks, churches, amusement parks, malls, restaurants, and so on, with too few resources and innovative ideas to revitalize their communities. More often than not, plans for redevelopment or historic preservation fall through, primarily because of the huge price tags for such projects. It looks as if the former Scranton Lace Factory will be the exception to this rule.



This photo was featured on Flickr's EXPLORE page on October 11, 2011 # 283


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Abandoned Scranton Lace: A Visual Autopsy of the American Dream









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Taken on September 4, 2011