Created in 1999 by Andrew Henderson, Forgotten Ohio
is a website dedicated to chronicling explorations into the abandoned manmade structures of the state of Ohio
Though Henderson's picture-rich accounts of his explorations through buildings are sometimes considered to be his site's main attraction, it is also host to extensive lists of ghost stories and ghost towns from Ohio's many boom-and-bust industries and early settler days, some of which may have only existed on paper.
Henderson is also author of Forgotten Columbus
and co-author of Weird Ohio
, due in part to the notoriety he gained from his site.
This site provides examples of:
- Abandoned Hospital: He's visited a few, and even provides the page image from his visit to the Lima Tuberculosis Hospital. Others include the Franciscan Medical Center and the Broadview Heights Developmental Center.
- Abandoned Mine: The Millfield Mine Explosion Site, the site of the worst mining disaster in Ohio history. All that remains are a smokestack, a clearing, a pair of hollowed-out, roofless buildings, and bricks and stones scattered everywhere from the blast.
- Abandoned Playground: Americana Amusement Park, Fantasy Farm, and Chippewa Lake Amusement Park, in particular. As mentioned on the trope page, Chippewa even had trees growing up straight through the roller coasters and the Ferris wheel.
- Cult Colony: Utopia was home to a bizarre cult that believed that the world was about to enter a 35,000-year-long peace, that people were going to be organized into 'phalanxes' (like communes), and that the oceans were going to turn to lemonade. Yes, seriously. We wish we could make this stuff up.
- Dying Town: There is one notable example on the site, since most of the towns he profiles have already died- Cheshire, a town built around a power plant that was bought out in its entirety (not just the plant, but the entire town) by American Electric Power. When the author visited a year after the buyout's announcement, the town and its 86 homes were 75% empty.
- Ghost Town: Has an entire section dedicated to them.
- Never Recycle a Building: Played straight for most of the places he visits and justified for some that are so old they're better off standing as relics, but occasionally subverted when a building is renovated or even demolished after his visit.
- Old Dark House: Franklin Castle, Prospect Place, the Sidwell House, and many, many more. The Mudhouse Mansion, the Logan Round House, and the Octagon House deserve some special mentions- the former for its vigilant owner willing to vandalize cars that park near it and the latter two for being... weird.
- Old School Building: The New Straitsville Public School was the school that DeRolph v. Ohio came out of. (More info on that case is on the page itself.) Others include the Somerset Township Public School, the Higginsport School, and several other little one-room schoolhouses.
- Ragnarok-Proofing: Subverted in many of the places he's visited, but is occasionally played straight in some buildings that are still owned by somebody, such as the aforementioned Franciscan Medical Center, which even had running water and electricity.
- Schedule Slip: Starting around 2009, the site has been updated more slowly than in past years due in part to Henderson doing media ops and a lack of money/time for him to develop the pictures that he's shot on 35mm film.