Illinois November 02, 2016
Step Inside This Forbidden Army Depot That’s Been Left To Decay In Illinois
All around Illinois you can find quite a few places that have been abandoned and are hiding a fascinating history behind them. From
forbidden roads to decrepit prisons, there’s a variety of structures that have become overtaken by nature. Just north of the city of Savanna, you can find an abandoned area along the Mississippi River that’s been left to decay since the year 2000.
A place that once provided thousands of people with jobs, the Savanna Army Depot has now been left to decay in Illinois.
Along the Mississippi River in both Caroll and Jo Daviess Counties, you can find the forbidden land that once made up the Savanna Army Depot.
In the early 1900s, the government purchased over 13,000 acres of land here to use it as a test artillery.
Serving various roles to the military over the years since the land was purchased, the work began on this property roughly around 1917. The facility would end up being used to test military weapons as well as manufacture, store, and recycle munitions.
The government may have ended its work here in 1995, but it wouldn't be until the year 2000 that the depot would officially close.
Fighting against the obvious fate that the depot had in store, after years of dwindling away the Savanna Army Depot would close its doors with roughly 500 workers remaining. What was once one of the largest army depots in the state during World War II has become an abandoned piece of history that is now off limits.
Today you'll find the Savanna Army Depot guarded by barbed-wire fences and a ton of no trespassing signs.
One of the main reasons why this abandoned area has become so forbidden may be the fact that there are still unexploded land mines lying around the property. All over the remaining area of the army depot you'll find warning signs, many referencing the fact that there have been environmental contaminants here.
If you're curious as to what this place looks like but have zero interest in dealing with toxic chemicals and unexploded land mines, then you're in luck! Back in 2003, the Army signed over more than 9,000 acres of their land to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Today the land they've acquired next to the Mississippi River is known as the Lost Mound Unit, featuring areas for hiking and birdwatching. The wildlife area has now become a unique place to explore considering that it lies right next to the abandoned remains of the Savanna Army Depot.
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