Table of Contents



 Abandoned Scranton Lace: A Visual Autopsy of the American Dream

What happened to the place that built Hillary Clinton’s grandfather’s American Dream? Check out this pictorial essay about the abandoned Scranton Lace Factory

Scranton Lace Bowling


Cheri Sundra

Come Fly With Me—Abandoned & Infamous: Birchwood Resort

A ghost town of decaying cabins and recreational facilities

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Tee Time No More –Abandoned Mini-Golf

If you’re looking to play a few rounds of mini-golf, you may be out of time.


 Death and Taxes (Part 2): The Crumbling Burial Chamber

What can only be described as a sad & strange situation

Abandoned: The Honeymoon Capital of the World

1. For Lovers Only–Abandoned Penn Hills Pocono Resort

Welcome to JizzneyLand!

Welcome To JizzneyLand

2. Abandoned Summit Resort: Saxy Sal, Dirty Dancing,

& the Heart Shaped Bar

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Forsaken Family Fun

 1. An American Eulogy: Angela Park

The abandoned amusement park of your childhood memories

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2.  The Abandoned Moonlite Drive-In

It’s the end of the world as we know it

Moonlite Drive-In Ticket Booth Summer 2011

3. The Abandoned Picnic Grove Of The Soul


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Station Railroad Car: Post-Roth-Restoration

1. The Death(s) of the Wilkes-Barre Train Station & The Funeral Train (Part 1)

Once upon a time, getting from one place to another was much different than it is today.

2. A Resurrection Reversed:  The Playboy Bunnies & The Death(s) of the Wilkes-Barre Train Station 

A tragic tale (pun intended)

GHOST  TOWN: Concrete  City

Wanted: a roving band of marauders

Concrete City

1. Post-Apocalyptic Chic Ghost Town: Concrete City

Abandoned in 1924, Concrete City is said to be the first example of modern-day cookie-cutter or tract housing

2. Spontaneous Acts of Art: Concrete City Ruins

See how hopeless abandonment has become a frequently changing urban art gallery

3.  Of Concrete City, Mermaids and the Ghost Town Stairs to Nowhere (Part 1)

4. Of Concrete City, Mermaids and Ghosts (both Past & Present) Part 2

It Was Loved Until It Wasn’t

Losing My Religion: Abandoned National Shrine

of the Sacred Heart of Jesus near Hazleton

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At the Scranton Lace Company, the workers were told mid-shift

that the factory was closing “effective immediately”

Scranton Lace Bowling

1. A Visual Autopsy of the American Dream

A  pictorial essay about the abandoned Scranton Lace Factory

2. The UE Magazine Interviews: SCRANTON LACE FACTORY

Taking one of NEPA’s most infamous locations to an international audience!

3. The Sexy Side of Abandonment: Scranton Lace Pin-Up Girls

A whole lot of sex goes on within those dark, sticky and usually moist spaces

TWISTED METAL: Huber Breaker Ruins

A  long decaying carcass of America’s industrial decline

Huber Breaker

1. Take a Peek Inside the Huber Breaker Ruins

More insight into the ravages of time than you can hope to absorb in one visit

2. The Art of Industrial Decay

See what happens when artists look for beauty in industrial abandonment

3. The Huber Breaker Rocks –with ASTORIAN STIGMATA

Putting a new “spin” on a popular local historical location….

4. The Huber Breaker: Machines of Corruption

Featuring Beyond Fallen


Visit a haunting world of  empty guard towers and crumbling cell-blocks in Philly


1.  Haunted ESP (ghost on film)

Visit one of “the most haunted places on earth”

2. The Eye of God and The Mad Chair  

Where prisoners were subjected to physical and psychological torture

3. The Ghost of Gangster’s Paradise   

Al Capone’s reign at ESP

4. The Ghost Cats

A testimony to survival

5. Welcome to Cellblock 3: The Ghosts Here Are Probably Coughing

It’s the abandoned cellblock that visitors have been trying to sneak into for 20 years!


Before the days of the corporate owned and operated mega theme park,

families brought the fun for other families right into their own backyard

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1. An American Eulogy: Angela Park

The abandoned amusement park of your childhood memories

Angela Park: An American Eulogy (Part 2)

(Update-Ferris Wheel)

2. Hanson’s Amusement Park: Abandoned but Not Forgotten Ruins

3. The Abandoned Picnic Grove Of The Soul

4. No Fun In The Sun Moon Lake Park

5. Lost History: Croop’s Glen

Sometimes, history gets lost. And I don’t mean long ago, far away history like those places or events that are ancient, but the history of less than a hundred years ago right outside your own front door.

a. Lost History Found : Croop’s Glen

b. ***NEW UPDATES for: “Lost History Found : Croop’s Glen

c. And They All Came Tumbling Down

The Baby Contest Pavilion Collapse at Croop’s Glen


A Taxpayer Funded Failed Preservation Project

March 2012

1. Hotel Sterling: The UnDead Days

Zombie buildings are real

2. Hotel Sterling Demolition: Five History Lessons

As demolition begins, what is history trying to tell us

3. Hotel Sterling Demolition:  History Deconstructed

Whose VERSION of history gets to be saved? Contemplate that question for a while

4. Hotel Sterling Demolition:  Yesterday’s Papers Are Such Bad News

What did local journalists report about the failed preservation attempt as it was happening

5. Hotel Sterling Demolition: One Year Later

6. The Significance of the Demolition of the Hotel Sterling


Moonlite Drive-In Ticket Booth Summer 2011

1.  The Abandoned Moonlite Drive-In

It’s the end of the world as we know it



This is the topic that started my fascination with abandonments and “lost” history

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1. KIRBY PARK ZOO RUINS ? !—Ooops! Maybe not……

Abandoned bathroom or zoo ruin?  Decide for yourself…..

a. A Monkey in the Colliery, The Bear From Vaudeville & Politics of An Eagle: The Rise and Fall of the Kirby Park Zoo

The lives of the animals of the “lost” Kirby Park Zoo

2. The Kirby Park Zoo–An Unrealized Vision

a. Nay Aug Park Zoo

In Scranton, Pennsylvania, this now unused structure has been a symbol of community debate about animal cruelty for decades

3. Kirby Park: Walk With History Along The Olmsted Trail

Explore the Central Park / Kirby Park connection


1. The House of Fans

Another relic left behind from the long defunct coal mining industry

Abandoned Pennsylvania Wrong Turn

2. DEATH AND TAXES: Even the Dead Can’t Avoid Abandonments

I consider this to be the strangest and most disturbing place that I’ve photographed to date. So what can be said when engaging in urban exploration exposes that you can’t even escape potential abandonment (and taxes) in death?…Apparently a lot!  I also touch upon some theories about Urban Exploration itself.

Death and Taxes

3. I’ve Got The Power……

Pictures from the interior of a turn-of-the-century “light plant”, built in 1905


4. Into the Belly of the Beast

Exploring The Mines That Fed The Industrial Revolution…..”The Goonies”—NEPA Style!

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5. Fashion in Ruins

Twilight, History, Fashion,  Urban Exploration, Haute Couture, Goths, Salvador Dali,

Zombies, Journalists vs Bloggers Debate,  Vampires, The Devil Wears Prada, Elsa

Schiaparelli, The Victorian Era and Fashion Photo Shoots

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6. The Dead Diva of Hollenback Cemetery: The Notorious Florence Foster Jenkins

If someone was going to play you in a movie about your life, who would you want it to be?

 7. Abandoned Firework Factory: They Always Go Out With A Bang (Part 1)

Happy 4th of July

8. Ghost Estates: The Sanctuary

The American Dream gone wrong….very wrong

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9. The Haunted Monkey Candle Shoppe



  1. Thanks Cheri! Great blog. Move to London, you can work for me! 🙂

  2. I usually do not leave remarks, however Cheri Sundra-Guerrilla Historian is one entertaining read!

    • Joannie
    • September 21st, 2012

    All fun stuff!

  3. Greetings from Wisconsin! I’m bored to tears at work so I decided to check out your website. Anyhow, amazing site! Let’s swap. You visit the resort while I explore all of the fun places you visit! 🙂

    • jim gowrn
    • September 23rd, 2012

    interesting keep writing and photographing.

    • A Fan
    • October 16th, 2012

    Keep on writing, great job!

    • Ginny & Bob
    • October 16th, 2012

    You decidedly put a new spin on local subjects that have been written about for years. Great stuff, just great! I enjoy reading a post that will make people think and appreciate our past. We want more!

    • “Bennie” Brodin
    • October 27th, 2012

    I hope you never stop!

  4. Just wanted to say fantastic blog!

    • Ron
    • December 2nd, 2012

    Great history in this valley that sometimes goes unseen thank you for taking the time to stop and share a part of the past. Any plans for a trip to Mountian Park on Wilkes-Barre Mountian not much left up there but still some remnants of what was once a there.

    • Hi Ron,

      Thanks for the compliment!

      I never know where I may end up….until I get there! 😉 It really depends upon whether or not I am able to find enough information about a location to write something about it…..I did look into this park while doing research about all of the local amusement parks, but was unable to locate anything new. But just like Croop’s Glen, you never know what information people have that they may send to me! So if anyone out there has information about Mountain Park—let me know!

      This is what they have available at the NEPA Defunct Parks site:


    • Stan Devlin
    • January 3rd, 2013

    Great blog you have here! I seriously appreciate individuals like you! Take care!!

    • Michelle D
    • January 10th, 2013

    I adore your site. Interesting way to look at the past.

    • Andrew
    • February 1st, 2013

    Hey there! I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and wanted to go ahead and give you a shout out from Boston! Just wanted to say keep up the good job!

    • Dom
    • February 2nd, 2013

    Genuinely good articles on this website. I appreciate your appreciation for local history and your contribution.

    • Carrie
    • February 6th, 2013

    Love your photos!

    • E.M. Wright
    • March 2nd, 2013

    Thank you. I enjoy “Guerrilla History”. You should be a history teacher.

    • Jeffery
    • March 3rd, 2013

    You definitely know how to keep a reader amused. Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Great job. I really loved what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool!

    • Raleigh
    • March 3rd, 2013

    Good job, cheers!

    • Barry
    • March 5th, 2013

    Just wanted to say superb blog!

    • len
    • March 23rd, 2013

    Appreciated your postings of sites that were an integral part of my families life in NEPA. Has anyone like yourself documented what has happened to the many cemeteries that were left to the wilderness because of church closings, etc? Genealogists would like to know.
    Aciu labai

    • Thank you, Len!

      Since I really don’t have more than a passing interest in genealogy, I am not very familiar with the local efforts going on in that arena. I do know that the historical societies do have some information about the local cemeteries and there are some resources available on the internet ….but other than that, it’s a topic that is unfamiliar to me personally.

      Sorry I don’t have an answer for you….Someone like Tom Mooney at the Times Leader would probably have information about that since he often writes about genealogy in his column. Or you could try the Shupp’s Cemetery group on Facebook….I think some of their members are doing something like that….


    • Dorthy Merrill
    • April 21st, 2013

    You can certainly see your expertise in the work you write. You go right for the heart!

    • Bryce Downing
    • May 5th, 2013

    I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I truly enjoy reading your articles.

    • Jess
    • May 6th, 2013

    Terrific blog! You should do photography workshops locally like the guy from Abandoned America

    • Melissa
    • May 6th, 2013

    Have you ever considered publishing an book or guest authoring on other sites?

    • Hi Melissa! I have done a little guest authoring in the past for blogs that are travel and fashion related. And I am putting together an ebook about one of the topics that I’ve covered on this blog, but I consider it to be strictly a promotional tool. Thanks for stopping by! ~Cheri.

    • jackie-goff
    • May 24th, 2013

    Hi, Neat blog

  5. Hello, I check your new stuff like every week.

    Your writing style is witty, keep up the good work!

    • Claire
    • September 6th, 2013

    Are Rocky Glen and San Souci still there? Great school picnics there back in the 40s. Thanks for your interest in W-B, Hotel Sterling, and the mines,etc !

    • Hi Claire,


      Sorry to say that both Rocky Glen (closed 1988) and Sans Souci Park (closed 1970) are gone….I actually attended high school on the former location of San Souci Park!

      Thank you for taking the time to check out my blog…


    • Clair
    • September 11th, 2013

    You are welcome! I loved growing up in W-B and am interested in happenings there.

  6. I think you might like The Zorki Chronicles. It takes place in the fictional town of Pocono Flats, PA, located near Centralia.

    • Anonymous
    • June 24th, 2014

    Haven’t seen you for a long time in Flickr. Hope you’re doing fine. Nice blog here and you’ve done wonderful jobs.

    • Millie
    • September 23rd, 2014

    I certainly love this website. Stick with it!

    • John
    • April 23rd, 2015

    from a history buff — If you want a real hunt – see what you can find out about Mountin park -the first park in the valley- wilkes barre

    • Jeanette
    • July 16th, 2015

    I’m so glad I found this page! Just want to encourage you to keep up the good work. I haven’t seen an update in quite a while and hope you’re working on something spectacular.

    • Kristy DeWayne
    • September 6th, 2015

    Hey there! Someone in my Facebook group shared this site with us. I’m definitely loving this approach to history!

    • Brant
    • February 12th, 2016

    whoah this blog is fantastic i love reading your posts. Keep up the great work!

    • порно
    • February 13th, 2016

    I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this site was great.

    I do not know who you are but certainly you’re going to a famous blogger if
    you aren’t already, Cheri. 😉 Cheers!

    • Anonymous
    • February 14th, 2016

    Croops Grove in Hunlocks Creek PA closed after the dance hall collapsed killing a little girl a law suit was filed against the property and because of litigation that has yet to be resolved from the lawsuit
    the property can never be sold

    • Bob Nardone
    • August 24th, 2016

    Do you have anything on the Westmoreland Colliery from West Wyoming, Pa. It was situated on Fairview Street and dismantled in 1952.

    • Decker
    • October 1st, 2016

    I found this while searching on Yahoo News. Do you have any tips on how to get
    listed in Yahoo News? I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there!
    Appreciate it

    • Bernardo Vient
    • October 3rd, 2016

    Keep up the excellent work!

    • Madeline
    • October 4th, 2016

    RIP Buckhill. I never got to explore you but wish I did.

  7. Do you know anything about Fanti’s Park? I used to go there with my family in the early 1960s, and the Pittston Gazette ran ads for it in the 30s and 40s. Alas, there does not appear to be any sign that the park ever existed.

    • Hello,

      I’m not familiar with Fanti’s Park so I posed the question to a few local historians and history buffs and this is what I’ve learned:

      “According to the local newspapers, Fanti’s Park was located at Cumming’s Pond in East Dallas / Orange. Cumming’s Pond & Road is located off Demunds Road, near Dymond’s Farm Market. It seemed to be a popular place for clam bakes back in the day. Definitely a lost park.”

      “Entrance to Fantis is on orange rd in orange across from the old orange dairy. I think there is a sign with a family name now.”

      “Fantis was right past the golf course heading toward centermoreland.”

      In my experience researching local lost parks, the majority of them – with the exception of Croop’s Glen, which turned out to be a lost, full functioning amusement park – the majority of them were more like Picnic Groves with things like pavilions with picnic tables and baseball diamonds. I’ll add Fanti’s to my list of things to watch for while doing research.

      Thanks for your inquiry!

    • tracy beamer
    • April 25th, 2017

    I can just re to be very very interesting I’ve lived here all my life and never knew that that Park was even there very good story

  8. I loved Fanti’s! We lived in Orange in the 1950s, and I was just a kid, but my father would drive there and we’d go into the ‘main building’ which was a small bar and adjacent restaurant with only spaghetti on the menu, made by the family matriarch. The bar sat about 16 people and there was a pinball machine near the windows, which looked out on the pond. A small collection of boats for rent was available just outside the front door of the place, and fishermen and women would take them out. There were always plenty of fisher-people there, it seemed, both on the shore and on the lake. A small row of tiny cottages was available for campers and renters off in the woods, about 300 feet away from the main building. Behind the bar and restaurant was a building called “the barn” which featured dancing on Saturday nights. I remember people doing the jitterbug there.. The whole place was charming, and popular. The last time I was there was in 1972. There had been intermittent problems with the pond being overtaken by algae in the 1960s, and family members had died or moved away, so they closed sometime around 1974. I have heard that a “Woodstock” type event even took place there before it was closed. Somebody briefly re-opened the place later, but it wasn’t for more than a few weeks.

    • Brianna Heum
    • June 28th, 2017

    please write more about the abandoned resorts in the poconos their are more that aren’t on here yet

    • Johnny R
    • June 30th, 2017

    Do you have any information about Crystal Park?

    • Sandi
    • June 30th, 2017

    love your work

    • Jorge
    • July 2nd, 2017

    hello! I really like your writing very much!

    • wjrfkyu
    • July 5th, 2017


    • NorwayPics
    • July 12th, 2017

    Captivating stories. Keep up the good work! Kennitha

    • Michael Giamber
    • September 5th, 2017

    You are an exceptionally talented photographer and writer. I love your work.

    • a fan
    • March 16th, 2018


    • Me
    • April 14th, 2018

    Please do one about Crystal Park!

    • Barry
    • November 15th, 2018

    Well thought of

    • Darius
    • November 17th, 2018

    Hy there, Cheri Sundra ! U R coolness

    • Anonymous
    • June 19th, 2019

    Love your site. Ironically, I currently work where you used to. Certainly helped stave off boredom and keep my eyes awake scrolling through your explorations. Love your writing. Thank you

    • Maryellen B
    • September 25th, 2019

    Hi. Love these places!

  9. Hello! I’ve been reading your web site for a while now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Kingwood Texas! Just wanted to say keep up the good work!

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