25 Amazing Abandoned Places Found On Google Earth

Posted by , Updated on April 18, 2018


Have you wondered what kind of abandoned places there are in the world? Abandoned buildings, lost in time, might be a little eerie, but the mystery is also an enticing lure, making us wonder what came before. Whether it’s seeing something old become consumed by decay or wondering what it might be like if people were still there, looking at places can also expand the imagination. Fortunately, you don’t have to take time off of work and spend thousands of dollars to see them. Plenty of these abandoned places are on Google Earth street view. Ready to travel the world and see some dilapidated ruins? Here are 25 Amazing Abandoned Places Found On Google Earth.

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Oahu Defense Area, Hawaii

nike ohauSource: https://www.google.com/maps/place/21%C2%B021'51.0%22N+158%C2%B006'45.0%22W/@21.3646717,-158.1140208,553m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d21.3641667!4d-158.1125, http://www.themilitarystandard.com/missile/nike/oahu-hi.php

What you see here might not look like much, but at one time it was one of 6 Nike Missile Defense sites in Hawaii. Off the island of Oahu, this specific site is called OA-63 and housed the Nike 24H/16L-H missile. In 1970, the military decommissioned the site.


Hawthorne Plaza Mall

hawthorne plazaSource: https://www.google.com/maps/@33.9208242,-118.3518042,251m/data=!3m1!1e3, https://www.dailybreeze.com/2018/02/12/makeover-of-decrepit-hawthorne-plaza-mall-canceled-again/

The Hawthorne Plaza Mall covers six blocks along Hawthorne Boulevard; it’s been vacant and abandoned since the 1990’s. First build in the 1970’s, it was a popular location for shopping and going to the theater. Once a downswing came two decades later, it never revitalized. What’s cool though is that it’s decrepit exterior has been used by both Taylor Swift and Beyonce music videos.


Bannack State Park

bannack ghost townSource: https://www.google.com/maps/@45.1615479,-112.9968742,3a,86.5y,353.81h,90.27t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sAF1QipNvV6OFg7So9hRozBTjX2SpzBMSW4maANw9gBJo!2e10!7i12396!8i6198, http://bannack.org/about-us

Originally an old mining town in Montana, Bannack was once a territorial capital and kept on going until the 1950’s. It soon became a ghost town and became Bannack State Park, which is now open to tourists.


Packard Automotive Plant

packardSource: https://www.google.com/maps/place/42%C2%B022'47.0%22N+83%C2%B001'44.0%22W/@42.3793067,-83.0290439,289m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d42.3797222!4d-83.0288889

The Packard Automotive Plant, built in the very early 20th century, was once one of the most advanced automobile factories on the planet. Now, it’s a dilapidated wonderland for graffiti and paintball.


Forest Haven Asylum

forest havenSource: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Forest+Haven+Asylum/@39.0986318,-76.7864439,3a,118.4y,90t/data=!3m8!1e2!3m6!1shttps:%2F%2Fassets.atlasobscura.com%2Fmedia%2FW1siZiIsInVwbG9hZHMvcGxhY2VfaW1hZ2VzL2dhZGgzbmJyZms0M2UxYWEyNTRmMDYxNzk4NDU5X0lNR18yNjY5LkpQRyJdLFsicCIsInRodW1iIiwieDM5MD4iXSxbInAiLCJjb252ZXJ0IiwiLXF1YWxpdHkgODEgLWF1dG8tb3JpZW50Il1d%2FIMG_2669.JPG!2e7!3e27!6s%2F%2Flh6.googleusercontent.com%2Fproxy%2Ff96PxN85pCicuJB2A_BJPlIW1MCbsFSl1TLwCnt5-Uf7q2Wn21quFKoL-b6yRMfJ7BSj_SuGtRLt8c8-dQzVsi74RjnVdPjR0g8OVWcizGb4xSKfLENu-U0KqQo04uaNLEH-YkDulZe0_3R6zZ1rjBvoLqp6JSc%3Dw129-h86-k-no!7i585!8i390!4m5!3m4!1s0x89b7e7a94dcf81a5:0x308776e7c39667f8!8m2!3d39.0986318!4d-76.786444, https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/forest-haven-asylum

Once a top of the line facility to treat mentally ill and handicapped children, the Forest Haven Asylum fell to decay after financial cutbacks in the 1960’s. It’s now an eroded nightmare of rust and graffiti.

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