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Abandoned Places in Tennessee

Katie Beech, Feature's Co-Editor

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  1. Horace Burgess’s Treehouse

Location: Crossville, TN

After 11 years of labor, Horace Burgess had finished the largest tree house in the world. It spreads across seven big trees while soaring 100 feet into the sky. It was built without any blueprints, so its dimensions are a mystery. Horace guesses that it covers around 10,000 square feet. News of his treehouse quickly spread and people were trespassing all of the time, but he didn’t have the heart to tell them to stop. He said, “I built it for God, and God watches over it.” Since 2004, nearly every square foot of his treehouse has been vandalized. There are dozens of rooms along with steps. The treehouse, since then, has been closed due to safety reasons.

  1. Prince Mongo’s Castle-Ashlar Hall

Location: Memphis, TN

Prince Mongo was a wealthy alien-prince from Zambodia in 1990 who bought a castle in Memphis. At first he turned it into an infamous nightclub, but even before that, Robert Brinkley Snowden owned it. It was built for around $25,000 ($725,000 today). When he died it was too expensive for his heirs to keep up with so it was converted into a restaurant from the 60s through 70s. In the early 90s, Mongo purchased it. Mongo’s metal décor was inspired by combining the past with the future. He was very bizarre and nobody knew where all of his money came from. Mongo said, “The castle is full of ghosts, but they’re good ghosts.”  One night when rumors of underage drinking at his castle started, Mongo was able to get out of it by “gifting” the business to an employee. The castle eventually shut down in the late 90s due to complaints of noise from the neighbors and violation of laws.

  1. Tennessee State Prison

Location: Nashville, TN

If you want to go to an eerie abandoned place, a prison is definitely the way to go. This Nashville prison was built in 1889. It has been seen in movies such as “Earnest Goes to Jail”, “The Green Mile”, and “The Last Castle”, but it is also known for its prison breaks and riots. It even housed the assassin of Martin Luther King Jr. It eventually closed in 1992. People do say that they would hear ghosts roaming the halls causing the sounds of voices and footsteps.

As tempting as this article may be, some abandoned places are illegal to trespass. Before you go to these places, make sure that it is okay that you are there and be safe!

 

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“The Minister’s Tree House (Closed), Crossville, Tennessee.” RoadsideAmerica.com. Web. 07 Feb. 2017.

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