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Birdhouse in your Soul

Flea Market 

I am not normally a brave person. Really, I am still not sure how I managed to do this, and I am really glad that my friend Kayla likes photography and was just as into getting photos of this beautiful place as I was. I figured my only way in to this abandoned amusement park was to visit the flea market held every Sunday on its grounds. So when we found the flea market, I was surprised to see that it was in the parking lot, and not on the grounds of the parks like the pictures on the website I found said (in hindsight, the website was dated). We walked around and decided to go in from another entrance we saw when we first tried to find the flea market. Only thing was there was this guy in a truck like sleeping so we went to McDonald's and spent our time on Google trying to learn more about this place and the history. I found lots of photographers had gone here, and mostly that if we were careful and not disruptive to our surroundings, we would be fine.

BINGO!

Little Pink Stars

Decaying Corner

Under an Old Ride

Entering this place was amazing. I have never done anything like this before despite wanting to and my heart felt like it was going to jump out of my body. I was a little shaky and definitely had a lot of adrenaline. We talked to a couple who were wandering around as well and had actually gone to the park as kids. This was such an awesome opportunity to take beautiful photos - and it was the perfect day out for photos - nice, sunny, and about 80 degrees. It is sad to see this though - someone's hard work and way of life just taken down by time and teenagers who need a place to hide and drink (the amount of beer cans around were crazy....I hate that!). There are not really many rides left, most of them were apparently auctioned off back when it was sold and the only thing really remaining is the old coaster, built in the 1930s with a train from the 70s.

Cyclone

Standing at the Cyclone

Wearing Sneakers

The Tracks

On the Tracks

This was a beautiful location, and in respect of the place, I'm not going to geo-tag this like I always do. Although I cannot say that it isn't wildly easy to find exactly where this is. I mean, I had the Google maps satellite up and we could see the entire layout of the park, which was actually super helpful in finding which way what we wanted to see was.

Over 70 Years Old

Under the Canopy

Little Treasures

Oh Hai

The Train

belt : forever 21 remixed
pup print kids : keds
necklace : anthropologie remixed
bracelet : kate spade remixed
headband : goody remixed 
bag : hobo international via modcloth remixed
*any photo taken at a normal angle of me kayla took - thanks girl!

Good Bye

42 comments:

  1. wow at that old coaster just sitting there - how amazing that you found that!

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  2. Ooo Katherine, this is an amazing place to photograph! Your dress totally has a vintage vibe so it was perfect! I love that goodbye sign...it's kind of like enter at your own risk..(insert evil laugh)

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  3. This has to be one of my favorite posts from you... I am so jealous of this adventure, props to you and being brave, I would have been so scared. I would have thought someone was going to pop out of one where and steal me away to clown camp forever... haha jk (kind of). Anyway... you look adorable in these pictures as well. I love that dress.


    I really really need to make my way to PA soon. I miss that state.


    Sara
    http://seventwentysomethings.blogspot.com

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  4. No I totally thought someone was going to take us! At some point in time, my friend went in between two buildings to take a photo of something and I kept walking forward a bit. I didn't realize she moved, and I freaked out a bit! It was eeeery

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  5. you always have so wunderful photos! And so many! I wish I also could take such beautiful photos ;-)
    and I love your dress, very cute! and it sounds like a great adventure!


    xxx Anita
    kulturundstil.blogspot.com

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  6. Way to be brave :) LOVE love love the scenery - the photos came out great!


    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  7. what adorable photos! i especially like 'the setting.' wish i could find a cool place like that!!

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  8. wow that place is seriously beautiful. i love going into abandoned places. and something like this is just glorious. seriously. i am in awe. brave girl.
    also cute outift! perfect for urban exploring.

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  9. Cute post! make me smile, love everything!

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  10. Great photos! Super cute dress!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  11. Wow....I want to go here SO BAD!! Seems like such an incredible place for photos and to just wander and revel in the history. You look beautiful. :)
    x

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  12. Stumbled on across your blog while browsing the Links a la Mode submission on IFB, and almost died of cuteness when I saw the corgi in your header (I grew up with a corgi). Really like your blog, and what a fantastic location for this post!

    Cheers,

    Bevin
    http://magnoliareverie.blogspot.com

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  13. Looks like an interesting place!

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  14. Beautiful photos!

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  15. omg your dress is sooooo cute! i love it!!!!! :D

    katslovefashion.blogspot.com

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  16. Serious awesomeness that you got to explore and take pics in an abandoned amusement park!! Very Scooby Doo! :-)

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  17. This makes me miss the one in Chippewa, I wish I had a fashion blog back when that was open and available for exploring. It was so beautiful and fabulous. What is this called? I want to go!

    The print on your dress is adorable.

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  18. Hi Kasey ;-) I love the print on your dress! Thanks for visiting my blog! I'm now following!

    www.daisyraeboutique.com
    www.kacieskloset.blogspot.com

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  19. These pictures are beyond amazing! Not only do you have an amazing outfit on, the old theme park is absolutely gorgeous. I can't stop looking at them <3

    xo

    Ashley

    Southern (California) Belle

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  20. That place is amazing!! And I love the dress with the Keds! So fab! You look simply beautiful!

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  21. I just did a post on this place on Saturday! Isn't it so charming and beautifully creepy at the same time? I used to go here as a kid too and my hubs and I were going there on a Sunday to try and catch the flea market, but apparently we were too late because everything was torn down:( Gosh I love these photos you've captured! xx Marisa

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  22. omg'd katherine, that last goodbye pic is WICKED! hahahaha you brave thing! i love the pictures you and your friend took. i lovey your birdie dress! i have one too! haha you two get a GOLD medal! hahaha we have an abandoned amusement park here too (it was devastated after Hurricane Katrina) and people have gone in and taken pics. it looks so eerie. i don't even dare to go there. here's the link!
    http://www.lovethesepics.com/2011/05/creepy-crusty-crumbling-illegal-tour-of-abandoned-six-flags-new-orleans-75-pics/

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  23. These photos are beautiful!! Woweee. I would have been super nervous to go in too because I am always afraid to break the rules - but I am glad you did. It looks like such a pretty place to explore.

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  24. Wow, what an amazing place to take photos! These are seriously gorgeous. I'm so glad you decided to explore. ALSO, that dress is to die for. That is all.


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  25. Oh, how I would have loved to go exploring in that abandoned amusement park! What a treasure of a find! I love photos of abandoned buildings and run-down structures. There is something about photographing it in such a way you rediscover it's beauty. Anyhow, I'm in love with your outfit once again, of course. Jessica

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  26. I love the idea of taking photos in an abandoned amusement park!!! How awesome it must have be to walk through the place. Love the photos.

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  27. Oh my goodness, this place is like a dream to me! So beautiful and eerie..I don't know if I'd brave up to it, so good job! haha
    www.mamawolfsvintage.com

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  28. I just love that dress - I am slightly obsessed with birds :) And those sneakers are too cute with this look!
    XO
    www.pearlsandpaws.blogspot.com

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  29. Geuaga Lake! We should go there! I really want to go as my husband worked there in high school, but it's abandoned now and looks cool.

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  30. I've always been enthralled by forgotten, abandoned places and I really love how artistic these shots turned out to be. Better still that it was an amusement park. It made it all the more magical.

    Jo
    http://iamjolene.blogspot.sg/

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  31. Those are awesome! I have seen other photos of this place, these are amazing. These are other ones I want to visit too!

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  32. it's gorgeous! two thumbs up for being brave.

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  33. These pictures are just too cool!!! I absolutely love old, run down places like this.

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  34. Your dress is too cute. I just love bird prints! Beautiful setting.


    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  35. nancy @ adore to adornJuly 31, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    these photos are just stunning! Good for you for trying something new! I am totally inspired to do something similar...but I should find a good place first, eh? =)
    Lovely! Thanks for sharing!!
    xo,
    nancy


    http://adoretoadorn.blogspot.com

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  36. I wish we have this kind of abandoned amusement park in Asia. This is amazing dear, love the photographs, You capture the scenes perfectly


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  37. WOW I love this place! It looks so cool. These are great photos and I love how you captured the eeriness and abandonment and vintageness of this place. I would love to find a hidden gem like this in CA.

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  38. I seriously love every single one of these photos and wish I could have come along on the adventure. I too get really nervous entering abandoned places, but long to all at the same time. Good for you for being brave. Maybe this will give me the confidence to do it too.

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  39. What cool place to photograph! I would love to visit something like this - it's so intriguing, yet sad in its destruction, as well.

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  40. these are such amazing pictures! i've always been totally fascinated with abandoned spaces. they are infinitely more interesting for their emptiness. that pic of the roller coaster tracks is just awesome :)

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  41. awesome location! and a very cute dress!
    I'd love for you to check out my blog
    http://amyhigg.blogspot.ca/

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  42. Holla! I love that flea market! They used to have it through out the park which was nice because of the trees. There is no shade on the property it is held now!

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