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The old AUWC pavilion

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When I was maybe 6 or 7, I went on a ferry ride as part of a late night roadtrip.

 

The ferry takes riders from Galveston island, to the end of the Bolivar peninsula, and on it's way, it passes by the end of pelican island, where you can see seawolf park, and the AUWC (American Undersea Warfare Center) pavilion.

On that night, we went on the ferry, and went up to the observation deck. As we got closer to seawolf park, i saw this oddly shaped building, just barely illuminated by its own light. I couldn't see the submarine or the destroyer escort, but i could see the building. 

 

I remember it had a really odd shape, to the point I thought someone went through the trouble of designing a building to look like a B-2 stealth bomber. I never really asked about it, because I had no clue what it was. Even when went to Seawolf park and toured both ships, I STILL had no idea that the building was there.

 

Then Ike hit, then Harvey. Throw in 10 years of neglect, and what you see is what is left. There really is no saving this place. The walls, ceilings, roofs, foundation, all shot. It was a puzzle and a half to get in to begin with. They had a fence surrounding the pavilion, but we found a hole in the back we could get through. Then they had fences blocking off the ground entrances, but we managed to scale the angled wall supports that got us through the open second floor, which let us get anywhere we wanted.

The ground floor was easily the worst, broken glass, random metal scraps, old chairs, other nonsense.

I could have put these pics in other threads, but this place has been burning a hole in my head for over 10 years. I honestly can't say what my deal with this place is.

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1 hour ago, dthomasdigital said:

@zackmars this was an eye opener, I lived in Port Arthur for a while and took that ferry plenty,, had no idea about this place. 

From what I've heard from my parents, it used to have a concession stand, and maybe something else, but they cant remember.

 

We really wanted to take a look at the old Falstaff brewery, because that thing is absolutely massive, but there were crews working, and we wouldn't be able to do much after spending time looking for an entrance, since we all had to run some errands a bit later. And we were a bit intimidated by its size, lol.

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Nice pics mate, back in the days I was into Urban Exploration and these sort of abandoned buildings fascinating. I always wonder who owns the deed and if it would ever be viable to buy the land and build something cool (and resilient!).

 

Just look at the views in the second pic!

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21 hours ago, Thomas said:

Nice pics mate, back in the days I was into Urban Exploration and these sort of abandoned buildings fascinating. I always wonder who owns the deed and if it would ever be viable to buy the land and build something cool (and resilient!).

 

Just look at the views in the second pic!

The place is still owned by whoever owns the rest of seawolf park.

 

I don't think they can really afford to do anything with it, too many resources being gobbled up by the sub and DE.

 

I think it's kinda neat that these are the only pictures around of the inside of this place. We really don't get a whole lot of abandoned buildings here like up north.

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Fort travis, Bolivar.

 

We tend to be pretty big on history here, yet this place has pretty much slipped through the cracks.

 

Most historical places are owned by the state, but this place is actually owned by a private company, and they provide exactly zero maintenance, aside from some crews working on the plumbing systems and yard work.

 

The place goes all the way back to after the Texas war for independence, but the only structures that still stand are from ww1/ww2

 

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