Wednesday, June 27, 2012

About the header image: June 27, 2012

This week's header image is by Guerrilla Historian and Urban Archaeologist Cheri Sundra, and is a view of some of the graffiti inside one of the structures at the abandoned Concrete City in Nanticoke.

Concrete City was once a small company town, a cluster of family residences, but was abandoned many years ago. Afterwards it was used as a training facility for local firefighters.  Even after all these years of abandonment, exposure to the elements, and abuse, the structures are still solidly standing. Now that local firefighters have a dedicated training facility, the old structures of Concrete City have become a playground for paintball enthusiasts - and a canvas for graffiti artists from all over the world.

The art there is inherently transient: the paintings present one week may be vandalized or painted over the next. I recently visited the place for the first time, and realized two things: you should always have your camera with you, and if you go to Concrete City, you should be prepared to deal with ticks.

Concrete City is one of the hidden treasures on Northeastern Pennsylvania that are appreciated by people from outside this area more than by lifetime residents. Cheri Sundra and people like her are doing a great job bringing these places to the attention of the rest of us.If you know of any other hidden treasure of NEPA that you'd like to see featured in our header, take a photo and send it to us at .

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