Solvay Coke Photojournal

Solvay Coke is (probably) Milwaukee’s most visited UrbEx site. Opened in 1906, the plant processed coal to create coke, which was used to heat homes. After closing its doors in 1986, the buildings have experienced some major decay, with many being demolished, multiple fires, general vandalism, and some arson, too.

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What If: The Cops Come?

Oftentimes, explorers will find themselves in places they shouldn’t be in. No matter the intention, building owners or operators, random passerby, and employees of nearby institutions will see people that they know should not be there and call the police. Obviously, this is detrimental to the purpose of exploring and can lead to some pretty hefty fines if not avoided.

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There Are No Abandonments

Often, I hear people say ‘wow look at that abandoned building. Owners must not care’ or something to that effect. I also hear a lot about people entering underutilized or uncared for properties, citing ‘abandonment’ as justification for B&E. I always feel uncomfortable at these points, because, especially in an urban environment, there are no abandonments.

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