For over ten years, Abandoned has been a one-man operation, dedicated to historical documentation and photography. Back then, I only had scraps of paper for information and dozens of photographs – and I thought I was flush with knowledge! Today, this web-site has morphed into a collection of nearly 6,000 photographs and documentation from over one-hundred structures throughout the United States. Covering hospitals, military installations, coal camps and more, Abandoned strives to provide coverage on the places you care about the most: the endangered and forgotten.
But all of this comes at a price. My out of pocket expenses just to maintain the web-site are in the thousands. Over one million visit the site each year, and as a result, Abandoned (and myself) have become overwhelmed. I don’t get paid to write or photograph for Abandoned, and I am strongly against placing advertising banners and text on the web-site because I believe it detracts from the overall mission of Abandoned. But the site is reaching its server capacity limits, both in terms of physical capacity and bandwidth. At some point, the updates will cease and the site will face intermittent failures.
If everyone reading this web-site donated a dollar, Abandoned could remain stable and strong into the future. Not everyone, though, can or will donate, but that is perfectly fine. Abandoned has for years been self-supported, but if you can spare a small donation of $10, $25 or however you are comfortable with, you can keep Abandoned available as a resource for others for many years to come.
To do this, without advertising, Abandoned is requesting a small donation to keep this resource online. This year, please consider a donation to help sustain Abandoned into the future.
Founder and author of Abandoned