A juvenile detention center was built close by in the 1970's but by the end of the 80's the whole establishment was closed down as patient numbers decreased. Since then the buildings have been abandoned and allowed to decline. There have been talks about 1000 homes being built here but the demolition of the site has yet to start.
There was much evidence of child patients still remaining, broken toys, wall paintings, a buggy and also the battered carcases of an old Wurlitzer organ, and a baby grand piano in an auditorium.
Finally the mold and grime got to everybody and we decided to call it a day, all of us now focused on a tall glass of clean crisp beer with rivulets of condensation running down the side. We had walked in the region of 6 miles throughout the course of our visit. It had been great to actually explore a new venue instead of the preplanned trips we'd had a lot of lately but I was glad we hadn't made our trip any later in the year. The molds had already got a good footing this spring and were busting out everywhere. This place will look like an alien landscape by the time summer is here and not somewhere I'd want to walk about unless I had a full mask and hazard suit on.