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_____________________________________________________________________ Ammo factories are not much like other types of factories. Because of the nature of the product (explosive), there aren't very many large buildings with rows of machines creating a product but rather very compartmentalized areas separated by thick concrete walls and most buildings are separated by earth berms. This way if a room or building has a fire, it won't cause the entire operation to go up in flames. This ammo factory was established in 1942 and was closed 1995. Since then many of the buildings have been turned over to the nearby city and are being used for other industrial applications. There are still some buildings that are not being used. My friend Apt213 and I decided to go check the place out on a dark and rainy day. It turned out to be pretty nice for taking pictures as the weather seemed to fit the location.

The buildings were all connected by these long hallways. I'm not sure why but at least it protected us from the rain.

I caught a glimpse of a shape in the distance that I thought might be an owl. I was pretty far away so I couldn't tell for sure. I took a picture to see and when I looked at my LCD screen I was right but as soon as I tried to take a better picture, the owl took off.

As you might imagine, sprinkler systems are pretty important for this type of facility. Almost every room had it's own system.

Sitting atop the pole is a siren. The sound of this type of siren you might recognize as being similar to an air raid siren. Personally I think it's one of the creepiest sounds in the world.

At this point a combination of the rapidly descending nightfall, a strange, sudden and loud thumping sound that didn't sound like the wind and fairly close sounding coyote calls, made us decide it was a good time to leave.


Here are a few videos I shot in the afternoon of the wildfires Labor-day Monday, September 5, 2011 near Bastrop.
Three Blackhawks scooping up water from the river and then flying over my head to dump it on the fire near Bastrop, TX. Each helicopter probably had took less than 5 minutes for each round trip. The National Guard is short handed and short on aircraft but doing their best to put out the fires. "600 gallons, or 4,998 pounds per bucket. 2 hours on station at a time (plus flying time to and from refuel point), as many turns as you can get and up to 8 hours a day flying time authorized - per bird. 43 buckets average per flight (if the dip site is close), times 3 flights in an 8 hour period, times 5 birds = 387,000 gallons of water, or 3,223,710 gallons - dropped exactly where you want it, and where trucks and fireman can't always safely reach."
Each clip took from 10 to 20 minutes to film. Views from different areas West of the fires



Rally Rally

Mr. Lewis and the Funeral 5

There's surely more to come.


I've been really lazy about putting anything out on the internet so hopefully this will help me get caught up. Here are a few from a trip to Corpus Christi - an abandoned oil refinery out in the middle of some farm land.

This is a Atlas 1 nuclear missile silo near Abilene, TX
A grain elevator in Amarillo, TX
 The Falstaff Brewery in Galveston, TX
Some kind of factory in Austin, TX
Army ammunition plant near Waco, TX
From the 33rd floor of the Austonian building downtown Austin, before it was finished.
The Pearl Brewery San Antonio, TX
Abandoned gas station in East TX
The Lonestar Brewery in San Antonio, TX before they turned it into condos.
An Incinerator in Galveston, TX
The General Tire Plant in Waco, TX
Power Plant in Ft Worth, TX
The Longhorn Quarry in San Antonio, TX
Tunnel underneath Dallas, TX
Eagle Lake Power Plant near Ft Worth, TX
University Steam Tunnels, TX
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