Coal Pier River View

© Michelle Alton

Coal Pier River View

Michelle Alton 3/20/2012 3:14:17 AM

Two more views, for perspective.
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Jack Gaskin 3/20/2012 3:26:14 AM

Great Inner City shooting
Reminds me of that special AFTER HUMANS.
What the world will look like once we are gone and stop taking care of the infrastructure ...

Jack #10045920

Jeff Robinson 3/20/2012 3:31:49 AM

Excellent set of images Michelle! #10045939

Gord MacEachern 3/20/2012 3:36:45 AM

Love these urban decay images Michelle, and the info is great also. Not a place for night pictures. #10045951

Danny B. Head 3/20/2012 3:45:04 AM

If I ever come back to Philly, you will have to take me to this place. I love old railroading structures. Great shots! #10045972

Ken Smith 3/20/2012 4:06:11 AM

Those places are gems...I'm glad you found it, and returned safely! :-) #10046008

Gary Enloe 3/20/2012 4:40:07 AM

Interesting info and a cool capture Michelle. Would not go alone because it does look a little unsafe #10046048

Michelle Alton 3/20/2012 4:46:53 AM

Definitely not somewhere to go alone. Even in broad daylight, there were some shadowy-looking men (dressed all in black with woolen caps and grungy beards) building a noxious-smelling fire in a pit under the "EL." No idea about the purpose, but there was TONS of smoke. #10046057

Karen E. Michaels 3/20/2012 4:52:11 AM

Wow, no fear, good for you, Michelle.
You got some good graffiti art. #10046068

MELODIE C. ROBERTS 3/20/2012 5:25:08 AM

I have met and befriended several people who once lived by railroad tracks as part of the homeless population

Amazing people with some incredible stories as to how they got there

Wonderful finds and captures Mickey
They definately tell a story #10046117

Monnie Ryan 3/20/2012 5:29:07 AM

Wonderful job capturing this amazing graffiti! #10046123

Carol Quina 3/20/2012 9:18:56 AM

This is awesome! What a find! #10046365

David Phalen 3/20/2012 11:08:17 AM

A great series of urban images that you'll never see in a chamber of commerce brochure!!

There is a similar area in Columbus under a hidden section of a freeway where I visited alone a couple of years ago. I recognized some gang symbols and was VERY nervous. Got some interesting shots. I've never been back.:) #10046492

Jyri Vissak 3/20/2012 11:47:56 AM

Well seen and presented! #10046565

Ann Coates 3/20/2012 2:26:35 PM

A terrific shot here of the graffiti Michelle. I would not go there alone either. #10046694

Barbara Waldoch 3/20/2012 3:46:04 PM

You make derelict look beautiful, Michelle! #10046751

R. J. Laudenbacher 3/20/2012 6:38:49 PM

Wonderful set of shots, Michelle. It looks like a wonderful place to go and shoot. #10046949

Thomas E. Hinds 3/20/2012 7:31:29 PM

Wonderful perspective, Michelle. The graffiti has given us color, and the composition that includes that graffiti, renders a story of the now, and the what- once-was in a terrific blending. Love it! #10047033

Rona L. Schwarz 3/20/2012 8:24:14 PM

A marvelous find and fantastic urban masterpiece, Michelle! Love this one and your previous capture as well. Glad to see you were not alone - but what a cool place! Great info as well! #10047101

Graham Robards 3/21/2012 1:25:26 AM

Wow what a find Michelle, I can;t say I have seen anything like that over here, not even long piers like this.

I love graffiti, plenty of that though!
Interesting story too, thanks for that
Pat #10047311

Robert K. Bemus 3/21/2012 2:38:18 AM

Great urban capture and comp, Michelle!! #10047330

Neal D. Hatcher 3/21/2012 4:45:46 AM

Beautiful urban capture #10047512

JO ANN CLEVELAND 3/21/2012 7:59:56 AM

Fannnnn....tastic Michele!

jo ann c. #10047830

Lindley Johnson 3/23/2012 5:58:05 AM

A terrific image of this colorful graffiti, Michelle - excellent composition and an interesting story, too. #10050480

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Was taken to this incredible place last week, between two news shoots in the Port Richmond Area of Philadelphia.
Extending 875 feet into the river, Pier 18 was used for loading of coal and ore from river barges to railroad cars. As recently as 1968, the pier sprouted a six-story steel tower called a McMyler side car dumper, which has been demolished.
It was once the primary terminal for Pennsylvania’s vast coal output.
In 1981, a Historic Resource Protection Plan by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission described elements of the Richmond Coal Wharves site as candidates for historic status, including piers like Pier 18.
This was a scary place and I would not recommend going there alone--but what a haven for graffiti artists and photographers!

In this shot you can see part of the graffiti-encrusted former elevated railway where coal from river barges would be loaded onto railroad cars.

Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/400 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 400, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 32.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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