Konya Province, Turkey


The largest Neolithic ruins in the world hide a notably clean prehistoric metropolis
02 Oct 2014
Jersey City, New Jersey

The Black Tom Explosion Memorial

A simple plaque remembers an act of WWI terrorism that obliterated an island and forever scarred the Statue of Liberty
02 Oct 2014
New York, New York

The American Merchant Mariner's Memorial

Twice a day one of these tragic bronze mariners drowns with the tide to remember all those the sea has taken
02 Oct 2014
Death Valley, California

Badwater Basin

The lowest point in North America is home to an undrinkable pool surrounded by fields of geometric salt flats
02 Oct 2014
Amsterdam, The Netherlands


The world's first zoo for microbes is a germophobe's nightmare, collecting the horrible and wonderful things living on and around us
02 Oct 2014
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Mark I

This massive World War II calculator hearkens back to the days when "computer" was a job title
01 Oct 2014


The Cemetery Owned by No One: Philadelphia's Abandoned Mount Moriah

by Allison Meier / 30 Sep 2014

article-imageGate of Mount Moriah Cemetery in Philadelphia (all photographs by the author)

Philadelphia's Mount Moriah Cemetery has been officially closed and abandoned since 2011, its 380 acres now overgrown, the over 85,000 graves consumed by an encroaching forest. Incorporated in 1855, it was once among the most elite of the Victorian cemeteries. Now you're lucky if you can find a family member's grave without rubbing against poison ivy. 

How such a significant place fell into such ruin is complicated, and years after its last burial it's still effectively without an owner. A nonprofit volunteer-spurred group called Friends of Mount Moriah Cemetery regularly cuts a path in the bramble so there is at least some navigation through the grounds. But as the cemetery is divided between Philadelphia and Delaware counties, each with its own potential managing corporation, as of this month Mount Moriah's future is undecided by the two sides.

article-imageMausoleum crumbling in the flora

article-imageVines climbing up a statue