September 1957

Lonaconing Silk Mill, Lonaconing, Maryland

One of the coolest things about shooting in abandoned buildings is capturing the grit and decay of walls in disrepair and machines that haven't been used in decades. This is what attracts the Urbex photographer. A side benefit of visiting these abandoned places is discovering the history of days long gone. The Lonaconing Silk Mill in western Maryland is one of those places where history is on display. The mill, also known as the Klotz Throwing Company, closed its doors in 1957. Its closure ended the industry in the United States and it is the last intact silk mill remaining. Who knows when this mill will disappear, despite the owner's attempts to continues to transform the mill into a museum.