Lower Askam, Pennsylvania: Concrete City

A housing development of concrete homes, abandoned since 1924 but still standing.
Address:
Middle Rd, Lower Askam, PA
Directions:
About 300 yards south of Middle Rd/Main St just east of Luzerne County College. Look for the historical marker on the side of the road, and be prepared to hike back into the woods. Easier access from Front St. on south side of Concrete City.
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Concrete City.

Concrete City

I visited in the middle of August, so there was lots of plant growth. My advice is to bring bug spray if you visit at this time. The history is fascinating -- there are pictures of when it thrived online. Now it's full of graffiti, but you can still go in and walk up to the top floors. The concrete is sturdy and there are no "No Trespassing" signs. We parked by a residential home and they did not mind at all. Great photo opportunity!

[Jenn, 08/21/2019]

Concrete City.

Concrete City

Great place for a photo shoot, though I'm not certain it's permitted to be there, doubtful. If you explore the inside of the buildings be sure to have your tetanus shot up to date, step carefully, and know you will likely be covered in soot.

[SJ, 07/28/2019]

Doesn't sound like a place to take the family!

Concrete City.

Concrete City

As of October this place is a humid muddy swamp. Bring gum boots and bug spray!

[Chelsea, 10/08/2018]

Concrete City.

Concrete City

As a photographer and artist, I found concrete city to be a great place to play. The story behind it is great to research, as well if you are interested in coal mining history.

[Jill, 04/12/2018]
Concrete City

It's the ruins of a 100 year old concrete tract housing neighborhood, deep in the woods near Wilks Barre, PA. We finally found the place via Google Earth and hiked back a short trail, where we encountered a camo'd guy blasting Paul McCartney's "Silly Love Songs" from his ATV. Then it got weird! Once in the woods we found the 20+ old concrete buildings to be overgrown, falling down and covered in graffiti. We could feel the binoculars of survivalist militia members that must surely live there drawing a bead from across the weedy 100+ yard quad. We took a few pics before leaving.

When we returned to the car, it wouldn't start. After fussing with it for a bit and with dusk fast approaching (you've seen "The Hills Have Eyes" right?), we called for help. Of course, our new T-Mobiles had no signal, but the trusty work-supplied NEXTEL actually worked! I tried the car again after hanging up with the cop, and guess what! It started! Outta there!

[Brian S, 12/19/2011]

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