Once-Majestic Places Now Abandoned To The Wild

By Jack Ripley | November 2, 2023

Lucy the elephant hotel, New Jersey

Many places of interest around the world have been abandoned or destroyed for various reasons. Some of these places are picturesque or entertaining such as amusement parks where many people once took vacations to. Besides the vacation hot spots that were abandoned, there are also some not so beautiful abandoned houses and wrecked vehicles (cars, planes, boats, etc.) that leaves one intrigued with mystery as to the details of those wrecks and stories behind those old abandoned houses.

test article image
Source: Pinterest

This enormous elephant-shaped building was first built back in 1881 with six stories and was originally called Elephant Bazaar. It had winding stairs that led up to the howdah, the seat where you would ride an elephant. Lucy endured many disasters including a fire during a period of time when the building was used as a tavern. During one of these disasters, Lucy's howdah got blown off. By 1960, it had been so neglected that the city condemned it. When a new developer wanted to have Lucy removed, a committee formed to save and restore her. Now she is back in operation fully restored. 

Nothing to see here, just an abandoned Tu-144 super-sonic passenger jet in the backyard on the outskirts of Kazan City.

test article image
Source: Reddit

Why would someone park a TU-144 supersonic passenger jet in their backyard? And better yet, why would they abandon it? It appears that someone was trying to hide it for some reason. It was first discovered by people just passing by. Then word got out and photographers began showing up taking pictures and videos, some by way of drones. Some even took videos of actually starting it up and activating certain moving parts so it actually still works, at least partially. It's amazing what some people keep in their backyard.