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Bed Check

This is a scene inside the Brownsville General Hospital located in Brownsville Pensylvania in Fayette County. This Hospital opened its doors to Patients in 1914. Brownsville developed in the late 19th century as a railroad yard and coking center, with other industries related to the rise of steel in the Pittsburgh area. It reached a peak of population of more than 8,000 in 1940. The restructuring of the railroad and steel industries caused a severe loss of jobs and population in Brownsville, beginning in the 1970s.

Today the town is pretty much a ghost town, there are several buildings on the main street totally abandoned including banks, rail terminals and this Hospital. The Hospital announced it was shutting its doors around 1976 and has sat empty ever since. The Hospital itself was in pretty bad shape. Almost all of the old equipment and furnishings were removed and most of one wing was totally caved in. This place will not be standing much longer.

 

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The End

Another view inside the abandoned Our Lady Help of Christians Church in Pittsburgh. The Church is located in the old Larimer neighborhood in Pittsburgh, once a deteriorating area that was not really a good place to be around day or night. The neighborhood over the last two to three years has transformed quite a bit with new housing everywhere. Pittsburgh was one of four cities to receive a highly competitive Choice Neighborhoods grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2014, a huge win. As part of the grant, existing affordable apartments on the site are being replaced and additional market-rate apartments are being built. When complete, there will be a total of 334 units. It is hard to imagine how long these old structures will be standing.

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