Thursday, September 5, 2019

[35mm Ohio] Fairborn, Springfield, Columbus, & Mt. Sterling


Via a Pentax K1000 and Kodak Gold 200.



- Skyborn Skateland, Fairborn.


If you'd been reading QC/D in August, some of the sights seen in this post may be familiar. My friend Ryan and I stopped at the abandoned drive-in theaters and roller rink on the way to Columbus. We hung out with friends in the capitol for a few days then meandered back toward Cincinnati.

This roll (and another in a different camera) represent the first time using Kodak Gold 200. I was happy with how the film turned out—loving its cheap, warm and summer-vacation like consumer vibe. I tore some sprocket holes while rewinding the film and lost a few shots, but overall things turned out alright.


The Skyborn Drive-In Theater and Skyborn Skateland (Fairborn, OH):

- Skyborn Skateland, Fairborn.

- Skyborn Drive-In, Fairborn.

 - Skyborn Drive-In, Fairborn.

 - Skyborn Drive-In, Fairborn.

 - Skyborn Drive-In, Fairborn.


The Melody Drive-In Theater (Springfield, OH):

- Melody Drive-In, Springfield.

- Melody Drive-In, Springfield.

- Melody Drive-In, Springfield.


Both of the above abandoned theaters can be read about in more detail, here.


Random frames around Columbus:

- Columbus.

- Columbus.

- Columbus.

- Columbus.

- Columbus.


The abandoned structures seen above and below were once part of a city maintenance facility. They'll be demolished soon to make room for Columbus' new soccer stadium as covered in this post.


- King Gambrinus Statue, Columbus.


King Gambrinus is the legendary inventor of beer. Founded in 1906, the Gambrinus Brewery existed in Columbus until the mid-70s. For awhile, this statue was cast off and abandoned. It had a whole page dedicated to it at ForgottenOh.com. When I first got into urban exploring and photographing abandoned places, I read that website incessantly. Sadly, it seems that Forgotten Ohio is no more. The King Gambrinus statue, however, has been restored and put on display.



Mt. Sterling:

Ice cream for lunch after we came across the Dairy Freeze where the food was good, staff was friendly, and “Proud to be an American” was playing off a medium quality YouTube video on the television.

- Mt. Sterling.

- Mt. Sterling.


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6 comments:

  1. I'm about a 1/4 mile from the Beer Barn currently. No idea when it closed. FYI, next time you come up here you should at least look at the abandoned silo on E Main St by the railroad tracks/Bexley. It's on a very busy street so pretty sure you couldn't sneak in, but you have better ninja Fu than I do, so who knows. A demolition crew started to tear holes in it only to be shut down for whatever reason (improper permits?). It's super strange a silo would be smack dab in the middle of such a populated area, and Bexley right next door is a really rich part of town (with the ghetto on the other side of the tracks - the contrast is stark).

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    1. If it's the silo I'm thinking of, I think a few of us tried to climb it about ten years ago, but the weather was brutal. Interestingly enough, Cincinnati also has a silo in the urban core that was in the process of being demolished and stopped for.... improper permits. Part of it is still standing.

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  2. And my sister used to live in Mt Sterling when I was a kid in the '80s, so we went there & to Deer Creek State Park quite a bit. Ben & Joys is a local diner there that my sister mocked relentlessly but I've never been. The menu looks "meh". I hear that have a big collection of religious statues there which may have been the real reason my sister had a problem with the place.

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    1. Thanks for the tip, I'll have to put it on the list!

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  3. Looks like in the statue he is holding a ice cream in his hand not a beer?

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