Numerous Updates Today

The Troutman trailer park has been reuploaded, as has Absher Farm and the Private School.
Marquee Cinemas, which was never on the original site has also been uploaded.
Marquee was demolished this year after less than 20 years in Statesville. The city now has no movie theater left save for the abandoned Newtowne Theater.
There was once another theater across from Wal-Mart on I-40, but it was closed and knocked down several years ago. Interstate expansion will eventually cover that area with a road surface.
A likely fate for many theaters suffering from Covid-related closures, diminishing profits due to on-demand services, and other economic factors. Good or bad, just like malls, theaters are apparently on the way out.

Some updates

I’ve added the “artifacts” page for Davis Hospital with the few items I have been able to find. It’s long been a motto in the urban exploration community to “take nothing but photos and leave nothing but footprints”, but I wish I could go back in time and save some of the old documents that I came across the first several times I went into Davis Hospital. That kind of ephemera is rare and quickly lost. It has little if any monetary value to the property owners.
If anyone reading this has any photos, documents, etc. they wouldn’t mind allowing me to photograph, please contact me via email (abandonednc @ yahoo).

I will also be adding a couple less than thrilling locations from the old site. They were some of my earliest attempts at exploring and pale in comparison to more recent explores.

The Ore Knob Mine Murders of Ashe County

Ashe might seem like a sleepy, rural county on the west end of the state, but back in the early 80’s there was some big city style intrigue going on there. It’s a tale of dirty cops, drug running, motorcycle gangs, and mafia style hits that culminated in a flashy stuntman from Nashville being lowered into the old Ore Knob copper mine to retrieve a couple frozen bodies.
The whole story is so convoluted it’s too much to tell in a blog post, but author Rose M Haynes succinctly lays out the details in her book The Ore Knob Mine Murders: The Crimes, the Investigation and the Trials. It’s very methodically researched and written and takes a couple pages to get into, but it’s the only complete account of the story. For someone interested in local history, it’s definitely a must read.

Alexander County Hospital

The story of the Alexander County Hospital is a fascinating one. While many hospitals are dreamed up by individual doctors or else corporations, the Taylorsville hospital was something different.
And the best people to tell that story are the ones who lived it, the ones who made it. The residents of Alexander county:

The hospital was never on par with surrounding major hospitals like Davis, but it became an integral part of the community. Today, it’s a 30 minute drive to reach any other acute care facility. In the early days when the hospital was being built, with rural roads and poor conditions, who knows how long a trip to Hickory or Statesville might take.

Unfortunately, as healthcare changed, became more expensive, the hospital’s policy of treating anyone who needed help began to hurt the institution financially. It was finally taken over by Frye Hospital in downtown Hickory and became something of an urgent care, but still continued to struggle. It managed to limp along into 2004 when it was closed after over half a century of service. As a result, Alexander county is now a county without a hospital.

Since it’s closing, the standard fate has befallen the old building. Looting, vandalism. A man was even found deceased on the property.

In more recent years, the town of Taylorsville has used the property’s parking lot for farmer’s markets and various festivals. The local fire department even raised $30,000 using the building as a haunted house during Halloween.

But it’s safe to say that whatever happens now, the building will never be a hospital again, and so much the worse for the residents of the county, whose parents and grandparents worked to ensure their children would grow up with basic human necessities.