Archive for the ‘Camden’ Category

Hugo Chavez gives an island to NJ

Former petroleum processing center will be come a wildlife sanctuary

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Abandoned roadside stand

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Vultures in the graveyard

Located in Mt Holly Sacred Heart Cemetery is a graveyard that looks like any other. What makes it noteworthy is that vultures & buzzards have been seen in large numbers. Ummm… is this some tiny burg in Arizona? Is there a cattle skull lying out bleached in the blazing sun? Where are these vultures & buzzards coming from, and why would they hang out in a graveyard? It’s not just one, it’s supposedly up to a dozen at a time.

In my wife’s family they believe that crows represent the spirits of relatives who are deceased. So if we see a crow, it’s grandpa saying hello. If we see several, its grandpa and grandma. So what the heck does a buzzard or vulture mean? I just recently visited & didn’t see any vultures. it is a very old cemetery with some interesting headstones, but if it weren’t for the vultures this would rank as a fairly average cemetery. There weren’t any unusual headstones or odd inscriptions.

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photo courtesy of neworleanz

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Winslow Junction

Winslow Junction was once part of a very important railline, serving southern NJ and the corrider into Philadelphia. About 30 years ago the two main rail lines in the area were abandoned by the rail companies. These trains are NOT abandoned, though they look it. When I stopped by there were a half dozen guys around working on, in, and around these rusting monsters.

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Weird House in Mt Laurel

I received the following email from a reader

I don’t know if you ever heard of this house but it resides in mount laurel , nj. Since I was a child I remember always passing by it and always wished to explore it. I don’t have the exact address but it is located on church street in mount laurel nj; across the street from the wawa. it also has another building or small white shack in front of it that is also abandoned. As I grew up I heard a few stories about the old house. The first one was about an old black male that resided in the house for the fact of living there for free. He was what one would call a squatter(spelling?). I was told that people use to visit the place late at night and were attacked by the man trying to keep people out. it surprised me because on the few occasions I would sometime see a decrepit, dirty, unkept guy at the wawa who match the description well.

Years later a woman who lived in mount laurel was shopping at the local super g(no longer called that) grocery store when she mysteriously disappeared. She was from what I hear going through some form of mental health issues during the period. Her car was found with all her groceries in the car still parked at the super g grocery store parking lot. She was no where to be found.

A few days later a snow storm hit. The abandoned house on church street’s door was found wide open by a police officer. The nosy police officer decided to investigate and close the door of the house. when he came up to the door he found the super g lady who had been missing sprawled out on the floor. there was burned out white candle circled around her and a container of anti-freeze next to her. She was of course pronounced dead. Why she killed herself is beyond me.

Anyways, later in the year I decide to investigate the house with a buddy of mine. At the time we did not have any equipment with us to enter the house so we would have to wait a few months later until we came back to the house. at first there was only one way into the house and that was in a small window to the basement. Lucky for us we were not the first to come to the house since the last time we were there. A large area in houses wall was ripped open so we let are selves in. when we entered the house the age of it became very clear. I’d have to say 120-150 years old. it was relatively empty and thankfully not covered in spray paint. though the thing that creeped me out the most was when I entered the living room to find a car battery hooked up with wires which must of been some power source by someone earlier on. Also, there was a closet full of clothing. I started to think about the story of the older black guy who was said to have resided here. I calmed down once a few other friends joined us. the house had a very old style to it and the upstairs was still enough intact to go and explore up into it. though I warn anyone who enters upstairs to check each step they take because there are areas that feel iffy. We also checked out the basement which was small and some of the ground had sunken in. Most of the basement is more or less a crawl space. Watch your step on this area the stairs downstairs are well decayed. After leaving the building we found an old well in the back of the house. The well looked like it was straight out of the ring the movie. Its was all cement and had a large cement circler cover atop it. Its worth the travel to see it. Its very beautiful even in the state of it. I no longer live in new jersey I now live in texas but I will be making a trip back in about a month. I’ll be sure to send some picture your way.

The Cookie Jar House

Yes, this house is shaped like a giant cookie jar. When it was built there were plans to build several more of them. Gives new meaning to the phrase cookie cutter condos. I really don’t know much else about this unique house.

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Bridgestone Mufflerman

By definition, a Muffler man is a 20-30 foot tall fiberglass character, typically male, used to draw attention to a local business. Thge original mufflermen were built from 1963-1973 and according to Roadside America, no more are made since the original molds have long since been destroyed. They only made humans with the exception of a dinosaur for the Sinclair oil company. Large fiberglass animals are not mufflerman by definition, though most folks call them that anyway. Nowadays there are lots of fiberglass people and animals all about. If it was made after 1973 it’s not a true original mufflerman!

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Mr Bill

By definition, a Muffler man is a 20-30 foot tall fiberglass character, typically male, used to draw attention to a local business. Thge original mufflermen were built from 1963-1973 and according to Roadside America, no more are made since the original molds have long since been destroyed. They only made humans with the exception of a dinosaur for the Sinclair oil company. Large fiberglass animals are not mufflerman by definition, though most folks call them that anyway. Nowadays there are lots of fiberglass people and animals all about. If it was made after 1973 it’s not a true original mufflerman!

This muffler man resembling Mr Bill from Saturday Night Live was a fixture otuside a sandwich shop on US 130. The shop went out of business and a local business man who had just bought a restaurant bought it from the owners. He renamed the restaurant Mr Bill’s and voila.

Instant highway landmark.

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