Gary, Indiana was once dubbed 'the city of the century' but it's now a rotting shell of history.
Back in the glorious days of the 1960s, the area had over 178,000 residents but now, with less than half of the population remaining the unoccupied areas have fallen into disrepair.
The town was originally founded in 1906 by the United States Steel Corporation as a place to erect its new plant, Gary Works during the boom of the steel industry.
The jobs offered by the steel plant led to the town's rapid growth as it attracted out-of-town workers, including African-Americans who’d escaped the South and were looking for work, as well as European immigrants.
The boom in the steel industry only strengthened during the World Wars and in the years following schools, churches, commercial businesses and civic buildings were erected.
According to Abandoned Spaced, the city’s downtown became a commercial hub, bringing with it the development of architecturally significant attractions, including movie theatres.
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The city peaked in its success by the 1960s and by 1970, it had earned the name 'city of the century.'
But since the industry crashed, the population has declined and much of the area has been demolished or has been left to fall apart itself.
It then started to become dangerous as by 1993, Gary became the “murder capital of the US.”, with a murder rate of 91 per 100,000 people– three times that of Chicago.
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Sadly, a major fire also tore through a large portion of the area in October 1997 destroying some of the remaining buildings.
Serial killer Darren Deon Vann was arrested in 2014 for murdering local women and hiding their bodies in abandoned houses throughout the town, according to Abandoned US.
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But it had not just been home to real-life horrors.
The eerie ghost town is has been the setting for many Hollywood films, including 1996’s Original Gangstas, the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street and 2010’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon. History Channel also filmed its Life After People documentary in the city.
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