October 3, 2022

Lake Mead Water Level Lowers, Finds Grow


Lake Mead Water Level Lowering, Finds Growing

Lake Mead is a reservoir formed by the Hoover Dam on the Colorado River in the Southwestern United States. It is located in the states of Nevada and Arizona, 24 mi east of Las Vegas. It is the largest reservoir in the US in terms of water capacity. Wikipedia

Possibly the biggest news this year is the water levels at Lake Mead.  So many ships and other items are showing up. Here is a collection of just a touch of these finds.

An article about the lake level along with a satellite image: https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/150111/lake-mead-keeps-dropping

Lake Mead nears dead pool status as water levels hit another historic low.  https://www.nbcnews.com/science/environment/lake-mead-nears-dead-pool-status-water-levels-hit-another-historic-low-rcna34733

Shrinking Lake Mead reveals bodies and boats. August 2022  https://earthsky.org/earth/lake-mead-shrinking-reveals-bodies-boats/

Mysteries of Lake Mead: As Nation's Largest Reservoir Dries Up, Human Remains Are Found 5 Times in 4 Months. September 2022.  https://people.com/crime/lake-mead-five-bodies-found-four-months/

Deserted Marineland Video

 This video of the deserted Marineland was recently posted to YouTube.  It provides a ton of detail on the abandoned theme park.  The best part is that the Sky Tower is still there.  It's very difficult to find photos or video of the Tower.

The video will not display on this site, but trust me, it's great!

Direct Link: https://youtu.be/b4dt2tDJHnA

November 21, 2016

Santa's Village Reopening? REALLY?

Sky Park at Santa's Village is the name and it's much different than when it originally opened!

After closing in 1998, the long-beloved site will hold its grand reopening during the 2016 holiday season.

The website says "Opening December 2, 2016"

Here is the direct link to their website:  http://skyparksantasvillage.com/

On Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/skyparksantasvillage/

Lake Arrowhead's long-closed Santa's Village is set for a holiday comeback

Six weeks before Disneyland opened in 1955, California got another mid-century kitsch-fest of an amusement park, Santa’s Village.

Read all about it here!



Here’s what’s in store for Santa’s Village if it’s able to open Thanksgiving weekend


June 17, 2015

Six Flags New Orleans/Jazzland and Jurassic World

The original post for the Katrina damaged Six Flags New Orleans has been very popular on Modern Day Ruins.

The original page can be viewed by visiting this link: http://www.moderndayruins.com/2012/09/six-flags-new-orleans.html

The abandoned theme park and ruins has been home for a few movies that have been filmed there:

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
Killer Joe (2011)
Stolen (2012)
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013)

But with box office numbers, the biggest to date is now Jurassic World.  Filming of Jurassic World began in June of 2014, where Jurassic World's Main Street was constructed. 

Here is a great overlay of Main Street built in the abandoned parking lot (click the images to enlarge):

The fun part is that even though the set has been demolished, the painted parking lot still outlines Jurassic World's Main Street:


August 7, 2014

Crandon Park Zoo - Key Biscayne, Miami-Dade, Florida

Crandon Park Zoo

Key Biscayne, Miami-Dade, Florida

I’m sorry it’s been so long since my last post. I have 3 interesting places suggested by one of our readers Tatiana Reina. The first of which is the Crandon Park Zoo. Thank you Tatiana for sharing this abandon place with us, and for the great photos.

Photo credit: Tatiana Reina

The Crandon Park Zoo occupied 48 acres at the Crandon Park on Key Biscayne. It was created in 1948 when three monkeys, one goat and two black bears were purchased for $270 from a small road show/circus stranded near Miami. 

 In 1965, Hurricane Betsy put three feet of water over most of the zoo and caused the deaths of 250 animals., and efforts was made to find a better location. In 1980 the Crandon Park Zoo was moved from the park to a location south of Miami, and became the Miami Metro Zoo.
 Sources:  http://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=676; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crandon_Park

Opened: 1948
Closed and abandoned: 1980
Today: Cages and buildings can be found in the area known today as the Crandon Gardens.

Google Maps







 Photo credit: Tatiana Reina          

 Photo credit: Tatiana Reina  

  Photo credit: Tatiana Reina  

  Photo credit: Tatiana Reina  

 Photo credit: Tatiana Reina  




A Look Back at Crandon Park Zoo
By Levi Meyer
(year not given)

Of Gorillas and Ghosts
By Jim W. Harper
April 2013

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The old entrance 

Historic black and white photos

Photos on Facebook

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