|BEG: Old Orono Factory Building|
|Hazard Level: 8||Main Tunnel Clearance: N/A?||Tidal Coverage: No||Known # of Tunnels: ?|
|Hazards: Head Injury; Falling; Rotten Floors; Encounters; Slippery Surfaces; Obstacles|
|Construction Materials: Brick, Cement, Wood, Steel/Iron|
The Old Orono Factory Building is located on the university side of the mouth of Stillwater Stream, right across the stream from the Orono Waterworks Building. We first heard that this building was some sort of plumbing supply factory, but from our explorations, it seems to have last been a textile mill before it was abandoned sometime in the early 1990's. Despite being such an apparently recent abandonment, The entire building seems to be in relatively poor condition. The building is owned by Bangor Hydro Company, which owns several other similar pieces property along the Penobscot River. We have heard from two different sources that this building has a reputation for being infested with very LARGE rats, and one rumor that it is haunted.
The building sits on a parcel of land where Stillwater Stream meets the Penobscot River. Just up stream, only a couple minutes walk through the woods, is a railroad bridge that crosses Stillwater Stream, and rail tracks which run along parallel to the building. Another set of rails also run right alongside the building and go out to a small, mostly ruined rail bridge which reaches only halfway across Stillwater Stream. There is also a large, mostly collapsed shed next to these tracks, and a strange spike studded wooden cylinder we call the Mankiller. In front of the building is a dirt driveway and parking lot, and several houses close enough to notice lights in the building at night, or hear loud noises from inside the building. Except for some of the windows along the front of the building, most windows are bricked up with cinder blocks. Through one of the front windows, it can be seen the a large portion of the roof has collapsed in.
A dirt road/path leads out around the other side of the building, between the building and the Penobscot river, to a loading loading dock on the side of the building. Boards on the gararge door here are often fallen off giving easy entry into the basement areas. The loading dock part of the building is built out of cinderblocks and is likely a later addition, as is the brick chimney on the main building wall near the loading dock. We can tell this because there is a bricked up window which is 1/3 covered by the loading dock building, and 1/3 covered by the chimney, which looks to be made from the same bricks as were used to brick up the window. Moving further downhill along this side of the building, we come to a low wide bricked up archway at about one floor level below the other sides of the building. A small inlet on the river, and the shape of the land here suggest that this was once an outlet for large amounts of water used by the building before it was what it was before being abandoned.
Continueing on around to the back side of the building, we find that the riverbank and areas next to the building are much more strewn with junk and overgrown with brush. There are many broken bricks and metal items, and cement foundations or supports for structures which seem to have fallen down long ago. The best entrance to the building is near the middle of the back wall, where a short steel ladder leads up to a door-size opening. There is also at least one hole in the wall, only large enough to look or reach into, below the level of the main floor.
"We found out about this building near the begining of March, 2002, and have so far, only done a little scouting of the outide because we did not have lights at the time. Walley climbed the steel ladder and crouched in the opening, trying to get a look into the back entrance but could only see a large, dark, expansive room; so he hucked a brick across the room, hoping to distinguish the flooring material by the sound of it landing. It sounded like a cement floor, but it was still too dark to investigate any further. Upon climbing down the ladder and reaching the ground, a brick flew back out of the window, crashing on nearby concrete. This was taken as a sign that it was time to leave, so they left. A couple mornings after our initial scouting, I went back to try scouting the main floor and get a few pictures. I had no encounters with giant rats, homeless people, or malign entities and the place was pretty quite."
Arial Photo of the area
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Entry through the back door or into the basement via the loading dock
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