This Urban Explorer Discovered An Eerie, Abandoned Treasure In Rural Pennsylvania

APRIL 13, 2016  —  By Mike Cahill  
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In the world of photography and urban exploration, Seph Lawless is a cut above the rest.

He makes it his mission to discover obscure gems across America, and he never fails to capture these forgotten attractions in the creepiest, most intriguing light.

In his latest photo series, Lawless continues his trend of exploring run-down places that used to be centers of joy and fun. This series explores the ruins of Northeastern Pennsylvania's Bushkill Park.

This small amusement park opened in 1902.

In 1933, Thomas Long leased the park and installed a carousel that he and his father built by hand.

A few years later, Long purchased the park and ran it until his death in 1965.

Bushkill Park was known for its selection of antique rides and attractions, like bumper cars, "The Whip", and "The Haunted Pretzel".

It's also home to the oldest funhouse in the United States.

While everything seemed to be going well for Bushkill Park, disaster struck in 2004 when Hurricane Ivan ravaged the area.

After this particularly destructive storm, the park fell at the hands of a massive flood.

The flood following Hurricane Ivan wiped out several of the park's main attractions and forced its closure for the 2005 season. It has yet to reopen.

Since 2004, it's been hit by a few more floods that caused further damage.

Bushkill Park is located in the flood zone surrounding Bushkill Creek.

In 2010, it was announced that crews had been hired to clean up the park, although no date was ever set for it to reopen.

Bushkill Park remains closed as town officials await additional funding to pay for the cleanup.

Just imagine all the good memories that must have been made there.

(source: Seph Lawless)

For more photos like these, visit the intrepid explorer's website. You can also follow Lawless on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr.


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