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Hump Day, Industrial Ruins, & Lost Tunnels?!

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

I sure had a lot to be happy for this Hump Day, enough to start doing the pelvic thrust part of the Time Warp, too.

On the tip of a friend, I made a trip up to Saint Albans today to check out a place he suggested, that was an old ice packing facility. So I figured, what the hell, he’s good company, game to do it, and I have nothing better to do. Scrounged up a few bucks in bottles, turned in my pennies at Coinstar, and headed on up.

I did not leave disappointed.

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Not going to win any accolades for a ‘greatest site EVAR’ or anything, but for Vermont, this is definitely very tangible and a very nice piece of our little talked about and ill fated industrial past.

While we’re on the topic of industrial past, this same friend happens to be a railroad enthusiast. Well…nut better describes it. He planted a bug in my ear, and it goes a little like this;

My friend: “You know, there’s a subway-like rail tunnel that goes right under Burlington.” Me: “HUH?!”

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Thursday, April 6th, 2006

Yep, we were stopped by the cops. The excitement is just now wearing off. An officer from Boston stopped us on the sidewalk after we’d been to some trains, under a bridge, and at the site of an old chemical plant. He was really nice and assured us we weren’t in any trouble, we were just carrying a lot of gear so he had to investigate. I went with the truth route and told him we were doing some urban exploration. He actually thought it was cool.

My favorite part of the whole ordeal was hearing him radio my name to HQ. I only wish we’d got a picture with him, or even a name. This was a great experience and I think we could actually benefit from being stopped more often. If the police are familiar with who we are, we’ll have a better chance of getting off easy if we’re caught someplace we shouldn’t be. I’m going to make it a point to look as suspicious as possible from now on, to attract the authorities’ attention.
-Z1

Fate of the Moran Power Plant

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

Apparently, many Burlington residents feel that the Moran Power Plant is a scary and ugly building. Some even feel that it retains no historical value.

For the scary factor, see below.

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The CEDO has the ideas and comments from June 16, 2005

“First – tear it down. It’s a creepy eyesore with no historical value or architectural value.”

“Tear it down & grass it over… Make it a park.”

I’m not entirely sure what the issue is, I can understand the need to tear it down if you can’t repurpose the existing structure. However, tearing it down because it’s creepy eyesore? IMHO, as far as historical value, consider how old the building is and what it used to do. The Moran Power Plant offered Burlington electrical power, facing off against gas lights in our homes. To me, that’s pretty neat.

-C1