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    Default The Sad Decline of the Poconos' Resort Towns

    In its heyday the White Pines resort in Poconos was a haven for garment workers who could relax with their families, enjoy sports and shows.
    Today, all that is left is a series of crumbing buildings, damaged by the severe Pennsylvania winters that have hit since it was forced to close in 1990.
    Philadelphia photographer Matt Hurst has documented the dated decor of the forest resort, where members of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union would come to relax.

    Abandoned: White Pines in Poconos used to be a resort for union workers

    Expand your horizons: Lectures and workshops were available for the holiday-makers


    A heart-shaped hot tub on a platform is still at a now deserted honeymoon resort nearby

    Abandoned for more than 20 years, the Pennsylvania resort stands as a reminder of mid-century style, according to the Huffington Post.
    Block concrete buildings give way to dark wood interiors and bright orange soft furnishings. At a nearby honeymoon retreat, fake foliage still hangs around a plastic heart-shaped hot tub, raised on a green-carpeted platform.
    'I was immediately attracted to and intrigued by the Brutalist architecture of the main building,' Hurst said.
    'While the facilities here are not scheduled for any demolition that I am aware of, the elements are doing their part to hasten its demise.'
    At its height, the garment union had 451,000 members, who were able to use the forest resort at subsidized cost.
    Summer sports, theater shows and concerts were put on for the workers and their families, as well as enriching lectures.

    Retreat: Cabins for vacationers are still nestled in the forests








    It even earned the praise of Eleanor Roosevelt, who wrote after visiting it in 1945: 'You could not put children in a more favorable environment.'
    After being inspired by the derelict 'worker's paradise', which he noted was free from the usual graffiti and vandalism, Hurst also photographed a nearby resort for honeymooners, which included heart-shape hot tubs and red bedroom walls.
    However, White Pines reflected a transition in history that appealed to the photographer.
    'The transition of White Pines from a thriving, modern "worker's paradise" to crumbling ruins depicts both the difficulties the region has faced in attracting clientele as well as the struggle of the organized labor movement in the United States,' he said.

    Full house: Tens of thousands of union members and their families visited the resort
    Debris: The fake logs from an electrical fire are left on the floor of one of the resort rooms

    Broken: A plastic heart-shaped tub has been ripped from its fittings

    Games room: Mildewy seats are lined up next to a bar


    Forgotten: The once-thriving resort has been deserted since 1990

    Damage: Glass in the windows of many of the buildings has been smashed








    Smashed: The broken glass and blinds at this window allow a glimpse into the dark interior

    Chilling: Frost-covered plants and greenery grow under a broken ceiling panel

    End of an era: As membership dwindled, the resort closed in 1990


    Erased: Stains can be seen on the carpets and creeping up the walls of the club house

    Dated: The wood paneling and burnt orange soft furnishings hint at an earlier era

    Grime: Dirt obscures the large windows that would once have offered views of the surrounding woodland

    Disrepair: Large chunks of the ceiling litter the floor of some rooms

    Rusting: Harsh winters have rusted the doors to one of the resort's buildings


    Cut off: A broken telephone has been dumped with other debris on the floor


    Broken: Parts of the union's resort have been unable to weather the Pennsylvania winters


    Left overs: An assortment of furniture and broken off ceiling are scattered on this floor


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    I'm surprised no one has made off with the telephone booth. It's a cool piece.
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    I'm surprised this wasn't on Life After People. I love these pics. Wish there were more or even some before and after photos.

    ETA: This site has some more history and a few "before" shots of some of the buildings.

    http://www.abandonedny.com/2012/12/the-white-pines.html
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    Whenever I hear about The Poconos it always makes me think of The Golden Girls.

    Stan: I was just remembering the first time you made me sleep on the floor.
    Dorothy: Emile Zunt's Hidden Honeymoon Hideaway in The Poconos.
    Stan: Where every cottage is April in Paris . . .
    Dorothy: And every bathroom, Calcutta in July.
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    Aw, man. The Poconos!! I know people in my family that had houses up there. They were cool A-Frame cabins with big decks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurent View Post
    Whenever I hear about The Poconos it always makes me think of The Golden Girls.
    lol me too.

    I was just thinking about that when I saw the thread title.
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    What a waste. So sad and depressing.
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    No "Dirty Dancing" here.
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    I agree mel, how sad. I was in the Poconos skiing a couple of years ago and I loved it, this though, ugh.
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    How, ironic. A broken heart:

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    It is sad!!! Such cool pics though.
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    I remember seeing ads in magazines for these resorts as a kid. The ads showed smiling couples in heart shaped tubs and I thought the Poconos were luxury resorts where rich people went. Yes, I grew up sheltered and we didn't travel much.

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    How sad and depressing. Such a waste. I remember looking at bridal magazines when I was a little girl and there would be all these advertisements for honeymooning in the Poconos and would show a couple in the heart-shaped tub!
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    Brandy Norwood's next tour stop.
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    When I was a kid, I so wanted to go to the Poconos, specifically the hotel that had the champagne glass hot tub in it. I'm looking at them on Tripadvisor, they look the exact same as they did when I was 10 (which is frightening really, no updates in 27 years?!?!). Then I got hit with the willies...think of all the cum and cooter juice that is all over than damn room, trapped in the tiny crevices, the stuff of nightmares.
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