Welcome to the Artificial Owl, a site dedicated to provide a selection of the most fascinating abandoned man-made creations. While adding new content to the site, I try to follow as much as possible these simple rules :

- Provide the exact location, today pictures, and a summarize story.
- Present places and things that still exist, are still visible.
- Focus on modern era abandoned creations.
- Link to the Authors of the published material.

Contact me @ for any question, request or to include an article.

I hope you'll enjoy the site as much as I enjoy creating it.

the Artificial Owl

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  1. Gunnar and Sherry // Friday, October 17, 2008 11:04:00 AM  

    Howdy! I love your site and am a big fan of abandoned places. I just visited the Las Vegas boneyard two weeks ago and was swept off my feet! I've put a link to your site on my blog. This is the address:

  2. The Artificial Owl // Tuesday, October 21, 2008 4:59:00 AM  

    Thanks for your comment! And thanks for the link back.
    I guess you saw my article on the Las Vegas neon boneyard.

  3. Anonymous // Tuesday, December 02, 2008 5:06:00 AM  

    Check this out. Lots of pictures including photos of abandoned 350 meters tower

  4. Anonymous // Wednesday, January 28, 2009 2:26:00 PM  

    Wonderful blog! Thank you!

    I'm going travelling on my motorbike soon, for a couple of months to just get away from everything, and the location of these sites is proving very useful in planning my route.

  5. Anonymous // Thursday, February 19, 2009 7:53:00 PM  

    sorry my spelling sucks but want to say i love you web site keep it comeing look in south carolina in a town called blythwood around there was a uge dercell and price fister plants no longer in use mite also checkout ceres california used to be a uge palnt called tri valley growers thanks again love the site

  6. Anonymous // Thursday, February 19, 2009 7:55:00 PM  

    would love to see blyhwood south carolina looked at love the site
    keep it comeing

  7. Anonymous // Thursday, February 19, 2009 8:11:00 PM  


    Hello, i habe a colection of pictures about the "train workers stadium san eugenio" in santiago of Chile. A old stadium that are abandoned.

    The stadium is in the inner of "Train Worshop San Eugenio"

  8. jeremy // Sunday, March 01, 2009 8:19:00 PM  

    I have found a new favorite. thank you. i never realized how much i loved looking at abandoned and decaying things until i found this blog, and couldn't stop--i went through the whole archive in one sitting. Keep it up--I love it!

  9. Anonymous // Monday, March 02, 2009 11:48:00 AM  

    Search doesn't appear to work or be available, in either IE or Firefox.

  10. Unknown // Wednesday, March 04, 2009 6:46:00 PM  

    Hello Artificial Owl,
    Great website! You might already know about this but there is a really cool abandoned "cement" ship transporter that crashed up on the coast of the Santa Cruz County.

    Oh, and since I'm in the middle of grad school studying digital archiving, I couldn't help noticing that the word 'archive' is mistyped on your website tabs.

    I can send you some pictures I've taken if you are interested.


  11. The Artificial Owl // Thursday, March 05, 2009 8:40:00 AM  

    Wendy, The Misspelled tab is corrected (how did I never see that?) And yes I'm interested by your pictures of the cement ship.

    Thank you.

  12. Unknown // Sunday, March 15, 2009 4:28:00 PM  

    Hello, just a quick note to say that I read about your site through Moby's blog, and have spent literally days exploring it ever since!

    I love the idea of secret abandoned places that one is not supposed to see, and the clear passion you have for your subject is wonderful to see.

    Thanks for doing it, and keep up the good work!

  13. Unknown // Wednesday, March 18, 2009 11:50:00 AM  

    I love your site, the photos are amazing. I wanted to give you some info on another abandoned building. The building is in Kalamazoo Michigan and it is an old psychiatric hospital. I went to college in Kalamazoo and saw it all the time. It looked as if the people just picked up and left. Leaving everything where it was. Check it out.

  14. Anonymous // Friday, March 27, 2009 12:08:00 PM  

    very nice site indeed. claudio/italy

  15. Anonymous // Sunday, April 19, 2009 7:07:00 AM  

    You have done a wonderful job putting this site together. Thank you so much!

  16. Mark // Sunday, April 26, 2009 9:10:00 PM  

    I stumbled upon your site and now Ièm addicted! please keep up the great work and I look forward to seeing more great places!!

    Itès really amazing to me all the places and things that are left behind.

    Thanks again

    Mark in Canada!

  17. Kevin Qualls // Saturday, May 16, 2009 3:09:00 PM  

    I just stumbled upon your site today. Wow! 2 hours later and I'm still here. I love this kind of stuff. I hope you can trade links with other sites that specialize in certain items and places. One site that I've visited often over the years is Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields.

    Keep of the good work.

  18. Anonymous // Wednesday, June 17, 2009 11:58:00 AM  

    Fantastic site. All of the hard work that you put into this is so much appreciated. I really commend you on creating this awesome destination.

  19. JRB // Saturday, June 20, 2009 6:39:00 PM  

    Wonderful site.

    You've inspired me to search out abandoned places worthy of inclusion! Thanks.

  20. Steven // Tuesday, July 07, 2009 1:34:00 AM  

    Awesome blog, very very cool.

    Bit a strange story but it IS abandoned..

    "The castle of Almere, Netherlands"

    This "Castle" was built but never finished. It has been abandoned for more than 8-9 years now or something...

    You can google for "kasteel almere" for more shots... there where people who went inside and took pictures but I can't find those at the moment..

    See ya!

  21. Anonymous // Wednesday, July 29, 2009 8:27:00 AM  

    Hey! I am from New Zealand currently having a gap year in London, love your site - keep it up. You probably know about the main UK site that encourages exploration but for those who are unaware and the New Zealand version - New Zealand has some pretty fantastic asylums that are abandoned and make great photography. Thank Artifical Owl for keeping me occupied at work :) - Orchid.

  22. Anonymous // Tuesday, August 04, 2009 2:30:00 AM  

    Great Site. Should be working but got tangled up in looking at all the great photos of all those mysterious places.
    Is it possible that the abandoned prison island Goli Otok in Croatia is not up yet ( I can provide some photos from last year if you want.