The name “death valley” was automatically transferred to the leftover Beria camps of the GULAG’s department. (GULAG is an acronym which stands for the Main Directorate of Corrective Labor Camps and denotes the Soviet system of forced labor camps).
Farm Colony takes up 70 of the 320 acres of forest that it shares with the partially active Seaview Hospital. The nearby Willowbrook State School (which everyone knows from Cropsey) is often mistakenly cited as being part of Farm Colony, however those buildings are on what is now the campus of the College of Staten Island, about 2 miles NW of Farm Colony.
Ghost Town in Pennsylvania – The Centralia Mine Fire
Centralia, Pennsylvania - In 1962 an exposed seam of coal in an abandoned strip mine caught fire and crept underground. For two decades workers tried to extinguish the fire until 1983 when the town had to be abandoned as carbon monoxide levels reached life threatening levels. The fire, heat and toxic gases that came up from the ground have literally ripped the town and streets apart. The fire stills burns today.
Abandoned Prison: Like concentration camps in Europe, the gulags are unique to Russian history. Abandoned gulag buildings are the physical evidence of mass imprisonment, forced labor and tacitly approved extermination.