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These photos are from the Penn Can Mall 2002 "Dead Mall Tour" DVD. Click here to learn more about this DVD, and for information on how to order your own copy.
-May 21, 2002 - Part Eight - Mall Offices & Control Room-

Once we entered the maze of mall offices, John decided to take over on camera duty for awhile. We went off exploring in different directions, so I had no idea what he filmed until I saw the tape. I realize the pictures on this page don't resemble Penn Can Mall as most people remember it, but I thought it was interesting to see all of the back rooms and what had happened to them in the nearly 10 years since the mall had been closed.

There was stuff just thrown everywhere. I had to be very careful not to trip over or walk into things, especially when I got separated from John and the spotlight on the camera. There were only a few rooms that had windows that would let in minimal light, the rest were almost pitch black.

John and our Tour Guide filmed a bunch of things that they found in these back rooms. I'm not sure what "Mac Center East" is, maybe it's referring to the old MacArthur Stadium.

John found an old fax machine - a Panafax UF-600. Some of the numbers written on it were Shoppingtown Mall, Fayetteville Mall, Fairmount Fair, Great Northern, Wilmorite, Lord Associates and Risk Management.

There was a lot of graffiti back here, most of it was unreadable. I think the graffiti on this door said "Lick City". Of course! If I'm going to break into an abandoned mall and spray paint a door, of course I'm going to write "Lick City"! Who wouldn't?

John then made his way into an electrical control room. I'm hoping these things weren't in this much of a mess when the mall was actually open.

Behind the electrical box in the last picture there was this enormous machine which I'm assuming is a generator of some sort.

There was an odd chain link fence in front of the generator. I'm not sure what was beyond the fence, John wasn't able to film that area because it was too dark.

This was the back of the generator in the other picture. It probably wasn't that safe for John to be roaming around in this pitch black room with all sorts of electrical equipment hanging about, not knowing in what condition any of these things were in and if they had been vandalized. I guess none of us thought about these kind of things while we were there, we just wanted to film as much as we could.

This was a very oddly designed room. Not only was the floor covered in dirt, there was a door on the opposite side of the room that was about 2 feet off of the ground with no steps leading up to it. I don't think John dared to try going over there to see if the door would open. There was no way to know if the floor was secure enough to walk on, or what obstacles might have been in the way.

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