While we don’t encourage people to explore run-down buildings, when they do — and subsequently share their photos — we can’t help but be in awe of what these daring adventurers find…
To get to an abandoned prison in Burwash, Ontario, Redditor trishm and her friends needed to sneak past an army base in the middle of night — and that was just the beginning of their journey.
When they entered the insanely creepy building, they were greeted with graffiti, decaying walls, and a claustrophobic feeling most likely shared by the inmates that once served their time there.
See that super ominous looking structure? That’s exactly where they were headed!
The Burwash Industrial Farm (also known as the Burwash Correctional Centre) was built in 1914. Between then and when it closed in 1975, the jail held anywhere from 180 to 820 inmates.
When the nearby Highway 69 was built, signs were posted warning drivers that any hitchhikers could very well be escaped convicts.
“Welcome to Hell!” Cheery.
Using inmate labor, a small town was built for the guards, prison staff, and their families. The town housed around 1,000 people and featured a church, post office, and even a public school.
In 1966, convicted murderer Wayne Ford and two other inmates successfully escaped the prison. They walked 16 miles before stealing a car and driving to Toronto (which was more than 200 miles away).
The three were eventually caught and transferred to maximum security facilities.
Here’s one of the prison’s cells complete with a rather uninviting mattress. Feeling sleepy?
Trishm believes that this room was probably used for solitary confinement.
Just a razor blade…and blood! No biggie.
Since Burwash’s closure, the government has proposed many projects for the facility, including turning it into a maximum security prison and even an Angora goat farm.
In 1980, the land was parcelled off to the Canadian National Defense Department, the native Burwash people, and a few others. It’s also used for an annual music festival.
Nearly all of the Burwash facilities have been demolished, except for this building, known by the prison as “Camp Bison.”
In 2012 Burwash’s access to Highway 69 was cut off. The only road to it now is a decommissioned one leading to Highway 637.
Trishm claims she saw a ghost while exploring the prison, and I don’t think I can dispute this claim, seeing as how I personally would never go anywhere near this place!
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