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Winchester Mystery House

Location #10094
City: Fort Erie
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Status: Demolished
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Created By:ground state
Creation Date: 2/3/2014
Last Updated: 7/12/2015
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... the Ontario version, anyway. Not quite as grand and mysterious as the San Jose, California original, but what did you expect out Ridgeway?

Crazily, against all odds, this house has somehow escaped. It has stood right in the middle of the downtown core of Ridgeway, fully furnished, completely open to the elements, since the late 80s. It is truly amazing that, in a town with a population that barely broke 2000 just this year, local youth bored out of their skulls haven't totaled it. In 2013, a group of Ridgeway youth were even arrested for various arsons around town. And yet, by all indications, this decaying gem has never even been entered by vandals, explorers, or anyone else.

Making things even more mysterious (or perhaps having something to do with why it has been left virtually alone), the interior is filled with target shooting paraphernalia - empty shell casings wait in piles to be refilled. There are marksman trophies and even a handsome full-wall gun cabinet. This combined with a nicely accelerated level of decay make it surely the best location Ridgeway has to offer.

The challenge though, is finding it. The mystique of this location is how interesting it is that it remains JUST hidden enough to escape the casual comings and goings around it. Strictly speaking, if we cut off Crystal Beach to the south, the Ridgeway core is only a 0.8 km X 0.6 km rectangle with just two main streets running north and south. LOCATION IS NOT AT THE POSTED COORDINATES. The map marks the centre of town just so you can see how small the geographical area is. Surely that kind of area is worth the challenge? Explorers... work your magic!

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Motleykiwi 6/12/2017 12:15:53 AM

This has been demolished.

teeko 2/5/2014 8:44:05 AM

I don't know how you keep finding these GS, but you never fail to impress.

timo explorer
timo explorer 2/4/2014 8:15:13 PM

Brilliant shots boys, well done.

f.o.s. 2/4/2014 11:17:43 AM

Terrific galleries guys!!

superss 2/4/2014 1:16:02 AM

Strange that a place like this could be virtually untouched.

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