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Alex Omanski Posts About the History of Underground Ontario – Mines and Caves

First, I found his site, Ontario Exploration 101, via the Curlie listing which had come up as a broken link to check. The link works, if you go past the web browser warnings of gloom and doom. People may miss all his posts because they start from the navigation bar, under the word “more…”. Not the navigation people are used to. At first the site appears to be a one page wonder. Once you hit upon the content, there is a LOT of it. Mostly about abandoned mines in Ontario.


I found more. There is a gallery of his images and more written content at mindat.org. There is a network people can join, a Mining Database.

I don’t know why the web browser (Firefox) is warning people away from his site. It would take days to read everything there. I hope it is all saved somewhere. Sites, personal projects like this, tend to disappear one day without notice. Abandoned and then lost.

Abandoned London, A Book by Katie Wignall

Katie Wignall, is a history blogger and sightseeing tour guide in London, England, UK. She is promoting her book, Abandoned London, about old, disappearing and historical places.

Amazon.ca РAbandoned London  РAvailable July 6, 2021.

Anywhere in Europe will have more, or at least older, places to explore than Ontario. It would be nice to see them. More than nice but I can’t think of the right word at the moment.

Where would you start exploring if you were suddenly in London? I don’t know. I definitely need Katie’s book.

In my book, Abandoned London, experience these awe-inspiring ruins, humble former shops and pubs as well as factories and offices that have been left to rot.

Arranged thematically from transport to industry, residential to commercial, these entries cover both the modern city and the historical metropolis, from hidden reservoirs to deserted tram stations, from bombed-out churches and forgotten factories to ice wells and eerie docklands.

Maybe I’d start with old shops and ghost signs from shops. Also, I don’t know what an ice well is. The Tower of London and of course, London Bridge would be somewhere on my list, but those are not very forgotten. An old garden and neglected cemetery. Those would be places to find the things I like, old brickwork, and all the trimmings.

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