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Winchester Mystery House

Fort Erie, Ontario

Location Owner ground state
Creation Date Feb 03 2014
Status Demolished
Category House Or Farm
Location Fort Erie, Ontario
Site number #10094

... 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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avatar of Motleykiwi
Motleykiwi This has been demolished.
Jun 12 2017
avatar of teeko
teeko I don't know how you keep finding these GS, but you never fail to impress.
Feb 05 2014
avatar of timo explorer
timo explorer Brilliant shots boys, well done.
Feb 04 2014
avatar of f.o.s.
f.o.s. Terrific galleries guys!!
Feb 04 2014
avatar of superss
superss Strange that a place like this could be virtually untouched.
Feb 04 2014
avatar of drunkenmunky420
drunkenmunky420 No the furnace and water heater and breaker panel was in that first room so I don't think there was one.
Feb 03 2014
avatar of ground state
ground state DM do you remember seeing a basement door? I'm with you on the noise in photos. Mine had far too much as well. On a side note, I just learned I've made a critical error - using a tripod with image stabilization still turned on actually introduces noise and blur into photos. Huh!
Feb 03 2014
avatar of drunkenmunky420
drunkenmunky420 a few shots are a little noisy but it was getting very dark and the photo's I got with the flash I didn't really like as much as the ones without, hope you all still enjoy and if not there is alway's GS's gallery ;)
Feb 03 2014
avatar of trailblazer519
trailblazer519 Awesome find gs!! Great level of decay. Love the lived in decayed look, lots to look at here. Can't help but wonder what might be left in the basement too. Did you make it to the basement or no? wasn't safe enough?..
Feb 03 2014