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Date:

08/13/2014

Name:

Dweller

Location:

East Saint Paul

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Seen the sign for Paul down in Ford last night. Made me think of you guys!

 

 

 

Date:

07/29/2014

Name:

Coco Geary

Location:

None

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Thank you for showing me yet another way that real adventure is alive and well in my city! I have been looking for adventures that are outside of the expected, pricey and well paved perimeters of what society labels as "adventure." What is the best way to connect with urban explorers in Minneapolis?

 

 

 

Date:

07/29/2014

Name:

timothy blair

Location:

st paul

Homepage:

None

Comments:

you guys should check out the lower town depot in St Paul

 

 

 

Date:

07/25/2014

Name:

Petra Ganzer

Location:

United States

Homepage:

https://m.facebook.com/petra.ganzer.3?ref=bookmark

Comments:

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Date:

07/24/2014

Name:

Juliya Smith

Location:

MN

Homepage:

http://yingthi.com

Comments:

good reads.

 

 

 

Date:

06/30/2014

Name:

Punk

Location:

Minnesota, U.S.

Homepage:

None

Comments:

About 17 years of age. You may call me "Punk," I have always loved to explore. Just went to an old abandoned house in my town, and there really isn't a whole lot of that around here. This web site and ActionSquad are very intriguing and all that good shit.

 

 

 

Date:

06/19/2014

Name:

Shane Jordan

Location:

St. Paul, MN

Homepage:

None

Comments:

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Date:

06/12/2014

Name:

St Pauli Girl

Location:

St Paul

Homepage:

None

Comments:

I understand that you have moved on, but I recently was turned on to your site from a forum on findadeath.com.

Once I found your site, I immediately read all of it and looked at all of the pictures. Wow! This all takes me back...way back.

I am very familiar with some of your locations, and reading about them and seeing the pictures brought back long repressed memories of being in the same places, although we took no pictures and those memories are 20 to 36 years old.

I grew up near the fairgrounds - St. Paul bordering Falcon Heights - and our first foray into an abandoned building was an old school across the street that had closed in the 70s, and we were all up in there within days of it being abandoned. We were all of 7 or 8 years old. Then, when we were old enough to be allowed to cross the nearest busy street, we ventured into the fairgrounds and all of the closed up glory of the grandstand and tunnels under the racetrack to the in-field, the haunted house - I remember when they didn't put boards across the giant slide.

When we were 10 or so, we started taking our bikes to farther locations to explore. I remember the 1st time we went into the Lilydale caves...mostly because I was so freaked out I wet myself. It is a LONG ride from Lilydale to near the fairgrounds to begin with, but even longer when you smell like your own pee
=(

I bowled at Hafner's/Hillcrest with my great-grandmother. I haven't thought of that place in a long time. I'm sure I have picture of the place before it closed.

We spent a lot of time near the Ford plant when I was in my late teens. We did find a suicide under the River Road bridge under the Ford Bridge, but never even came close to the tunnels...we did spend plenty of time looking.

We were the partiers and stoners on those abandoned buildings and caves in the 80s, and in the 90s we went back to see if we could still do it.

I can proudly say that we always left no sign, other than our foot prints.

It's been 20+ years, and I have officially hit my mid-life crisis, and my hormones no longer allow me to get into tight spaces and high places without getting full blown panic attacks.

I have really enjoyed your take on my childhood...

Thank you for that.

Peace to you and yours - you have a great legacy to pass along in your name.

 

 

 

Date:

05/30/2014

Name:

Dave

Location:

st. paul

Homepage:

http://www.dofficial.com

Comments:

You Rock

 

 

 

Date:

05/25/2014

Name:

Brandon N

Location:

Minneapolis

Homepage:

None

Comments:

I found this site in 2011, and recently re-discovered the site. Man this blows my mind. I am not the type to wanna actually go delving into these dark depths. But it's definitely interesting to read, and see photographs of all of these places here at home. Damn today I just rode past what used to be the TC Ford plant. It's completely gone, they demolished the entire place. BUT... I have a feeling the caves, or tunnels are still there. I wish I knew how to find them, because now that the plant is gone, I feel like it'd be a little easier to get to them! Shucks. Thanks for the site, always will appreciate scrolling through it.

 

 

 

Date:

05/11/2014

Name:

Trent Zd

Location:

Twin Cities, MN

Homepage:

http://www.salmonofcapistrano.com/

Comments:

I just wanted to show my appreciation for this website on the behalf of my friends and myself. We love the stories and the places to visit. I understand that it's been quite some time since you all have uploaded something new, and I'm sure many more people would like to see new content. Anyways, thank you for providing interest to the many people who venture onto here. Super cool. =)

 

 

 

Date:

04/27/2014

Name:

Domino

Location:

Northeast Mpls

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Interesting stuff man your website is still up and running in 2014!! I especially like the stuff about the old Ford Plant, I am from St paul. Have you checked out the grain elevators around the U of M campus??

 

 

 

Date:

04/16/2014

Name:

Allie

Location:

Duluth

Homepage:

None

Comments:

I love this site! I've always been interested in things like this.

 

 

 

Date:

03/22/2014

Name:

David

Location:

New Mexico

Homepage:

None

Comments:

GOONIES NEVER SAY DIE!!! If anyone embodies that mantra, it is definitely the Action Squad! I used to work in a couple of Automotive Assembly Plants and I LOVED to explore, as all of them had history and quite a few "secret" passages. I must say that I am envious of the sand mine adventure at the Ford Twin Cities Plant. Very cool and thanks for all the documentation. I felt like I was there!!!

 

 

 

Date:

03/22/2014

Name:

lyn

Location:

phoenix, az

Homepage:

https://does.not.work.com

Comments:

CAMBRIDGE HOSPITAL:

My friend's brother had what was called "water on the brain". Jeffrey could walk but not speak; his eyes were all wooglie in his head but he could see; he had little tiny feet and wore baby high-top shoes for stability; he was fascinated by his hands moving in front of him and moved them constantly. By 1959 he was a too big for my friend to take care of [her parents both worked] so Jeffrey was sent to Cambridge Hospital. There, he learned to communicate better and apparently to process thoughts because when he came home for visit if something pissed him off he would say "Back to Cambridge" and leave the room to pack his bag. He didn't move his hands around so much either. I had no idea the ill were abused up there,and certainly Jeffrey was not. Maybe the abuse was a sign of the times.

 

 

 

Date:

03/22/2014

Name:

lyn

Location:

phoenix, az

Homepage:

None

Comments:

HAFNER LANES:

In 1967 I worked part-time evening waitress for Don Hafner. He was a good man and a good employer to me.
?I did not have a car and lived across town from the lanes so he would pick me up, and then drive me home. If he was too busy, he would ask his daughter to pick me up; he drove a Lincoln Mark IV, I thought he must be a good dad, because my own father drove a Cadillac and we kids were lucky to ride in it, let alone drive it unsupervised. ??I began on the lanes and one evening a woman called me over, gave me an order for her group and put the money to pay on my tray, which was empty. I placed the order at the bar [which you call “the upstairs bar”], and paid with the money she gave me. The bartender put the drinks and the change on my tray and I handed the drinks and the cash to the customer. A bit later the customer called me over to say I had short-changed her. I called Don and told him my story. Don spoke with her, then the bartender, then me. He gave the woman her $20 and said I should forget it. I respected him already, but that incident cinched it. ??He promoted me into the small restaurant lounge [I think it’s the one with the stage--which was not there in my tenure]. “The Special” was served here on Wednesday; a small filet, potato choice, and salad for $3.99 or $4.99. I was a good server, and made excellent tips. When Don was my customer I made sure the cook [lounge kitchen is in your photos] knew “this is for Don”. We always gave customers the best, but we wanted THE best for Don. ??He asked me if I wanted to move to the main dining room and hostess but I did not and quit instead. He was mad at me, actually yelled at me. Many times I have thought I should have stayed his employee. ??I was nostalgic about the place, and glad you documented it. I’m glad Don died before seeing the devastation, at least I hope he didn’t see it. He was very proud of this business he started on a shoestring. It was all his--he made all the decisions alone, and he was savvy enough to hire his brother Al as Bookkeeper. I didn’t know Don had died, because I haven’t seen an obit. Don’t you wonder what happened to all the stuff that was in there? All the time I spent in there and the asbestos didn’t get me, it won’t get you.

 

 

 

Date:

02/28/2014

Name:

Jay

Location:

None

Homepage:

None

Comments:

"Bridge to Dimension Zed" is actually a utility bridge, meaning utilities run in it. If you look at the underside, its blocked off by concrete slabs. As you can see, the obstruction of the CP Rail would never allowed this bridge to be used as a pedestrian bridge at the time of construction. I assume the railings up top was installed as safety rails by the utility company during servicing. Before the construction of 94, the railroad was there and the neighborhood strectched from each sides of 94. In an effort to save cost without rerouting neighborhood utilities under 94, it was simply cheaper to build a utility bridge. Below is a log of the roads and structures 94 goes over or under, provided by MnDOT.

ISTH 94 UNDER PRIOR AVE
ISTH 94 UNDER UTILITY BR
ISTH 94 UNDER CP RAIL
ISTH 94 OVER FAIRVIEW AVE

 

 

 

Date:

02/12/2014

Name:

Emily Thompson

Location:

Minneapolis

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Hello Action Squad! Doing research myself on old abandoned buildings in St. Paul I've previously explored, I ran across this site and have fallen into fascination. I don't know if you are still active but it cheers me to know there are people as spunky and adventurous as you around -- and now I know for sure I'm not the only one with those reasons to love old and abandoned places in the Cities and beyond. I wish I could join you.

Thanks for being awesome.

~ Emily

 

 

 

Date:

12/31/2013

Name:

Chef

Location:

Stillwater

Homepage:

None

Comments:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxFge4DwwYI

Can you confirm this is all gone? Or do you know if there is a way into the mines still?

 

 

 

Date:

12/19/2013

Name:

Ken Ellis

Location:

Coon Rapids

Homepage:

None

Comments:

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Date:

12/18/2013

Name:

Mike Lalonde

Location:

Sudbury, MA

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Enjoy looking at your pictures and reading stories of your adventures :)

 

 

 

Date:

12/01/2013

Name:

Sim

Location:

None

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Love the site and the rules. Very cool adventures! I enjoyed a brief but lovely dip into urban exploration in high school and, at the highlight of it, got to crawl around an abandoned water treatment facility. The photos are few but the memories are plenty.

 

 

 

Date:

11/15/2013

Name:

Cheebie

Location:

Coon Rapids

Homepage:

None

Comments:

very cool site, I have yet to explore everything, but your coverage on mpls and st. paul is awesome. wish I would have found you sooner!!! Is there any info on the ammunition pand in Mounds View? Or do you not travel out that far? Thanks again!!

Cheebie

 

 

 

Date:

11/15/2013

Name:

Billy G.

Location:

St. Paul, MN

Homepage:

None

Comments:

I like your site guys, but I'm down with everyone wanting to know what happened to you. Nothing really current "mission" wise. The caves in the marina off Shepard Road where the Tunnel Of Terror was needs some exploring. that place has been closed down for a few years now, so it would be and underground/urban ruin put together. I loved the old Lilydale caves, it made them fun to revisit after they shoved the old high bridge in there. I would love to see something new. The caves on Ohio Street would be a good one too! I look forward to it! Peace! Be safe!

 

 

 

Date:

11/01/2013

Name:

jeff

Location:

coon rapids mn

Homepage:

None

Comments:

wish i was with very cool

 

 

 

Date:

10/28/2013

Name:

Don Eisenschenk

Location:

minntonka, mn

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Hi folks, enjoyed your Hamm's story. Your maps and photos don't include the Malt House across the tracks from warehouse 3 which we referred to as the "triangle". One of your pics is in one of the malting bins. Your pic of the tank with the smaller tank with the sign "danger" on it is a yeast reclamation system. Canning of beer didn't start until the 1950's, so that canning pic is not from 1937. I have to give you guys a well-done because you had limited information. The Stroh's women's law suit was completely bogus. I knew everyone of the ladies and the suit was total bs. The story is complex and had a sad ending because Stroh decided an out of court settlement was a cost saver. The ladies received between 20000 and 100000 each and went on their way after signing a non-disclosure document. They weren't even allowed to tell their children of the amount or would be obligated to return the money. We had other women at the brewery that wanted no part of the scam. Obviously, the special seven weren't heard from again. I was the person that turned out the lights and locked the bottlehouse door on that Friday night in November, 1997. Drove away with tears in my eyes.

 

 

 

Date:

10/24/2013

Name:

Leroy gomez jr

Location:

chaska mn down the way from were hell house use to

Homepage:

None

Comments:

This is cool stuff i love to explore it what i do best i think but u guys got some awesome stuff im gonna take alot of pics and find some cool places.
LOve the hell house

 

 

 

Date:

10/24/2013

Name:

Leroy gomez jr

Location:

chaska mn down the way from were hell house use to

Homepage:

None

Comments:

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Date:

10/18/2013

Name:

Terry W

Location:

North Central Pa

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Outstanding work!!!! I love this whole idea! When i have more time I'll read way more, I skimmed ford caverns and beer caves. We have old Mine Shafts here we did the usual that you describe, Thanks

 

 

 

Date:

10/13/2013

Name:

jc

Location:

new prague

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Wow, great site.
Great info on the Gopher Munitions site.
In the mid 60's I remember going in the storm sewer on the St. Paul side, by the Lake street Bridge, ever been in there?

The other tunnel was on the Mississippi River bank, where the Minnehaha Creek meets the river. The tunnel opened up to a large room.

 

 

 

Date:

10/09/2013

Name:

Dan

Location:

Watergate Caves

Homepage:

http://tunnellofterror.org

Comments:

Why haven't you guys gone into the watergate mines? Right by the marina? It's supposedly closed but you guys are savvy enough to figure out how to crawl in

 

 

 

Date:

10/09/2013

Name:

DominoDanger

Location:

Minneapolis

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Hi Max, I hope you're doing well!
I just wanted to say hi, and that this site is just as inpiring and interesting as its ever been.
And also to share some pictures, some of familiar places.
Check out my flickr, www.flickr.com/photos/dominodanger/

 

 

 

Date:

10/04/2013

Name:

Galatians

Location:

Minnesota

Homepage:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/621860934502688/?bookmark_t=group

Comments:

xxxxxxxx Below is a top secret closed page xxxxxxxxx

If you want to do some urbenX join up

https://www.facebook.com/groups/621860934502688/?bookmark_t=group

 

 

 

Date:

09/27/2013

Name:

deloppoled

Location:

Saint Paul

Homepage:

https://duckduckgo.com

Comments:

Love this site, always have! Just watched your recent Dolliberation on youtube and loved it. I must say that if it were me that was exploring and I seen that fucher, I would have shat my pants--how creepy!

@ Doug a.k.a. ohkeepa -- if you happen to read this we need to contact each other. I can tell you about "Angel Cave" well hell I can quickly tell you now...The room that you described was indeed man-made. Troops before and during the American Revolution made that room, they were mining it for the saltpeter that it once contained. They used the saltpeter to make gunpowder, it was not an easy thing to do back then but they dug out nearly 60 feet high and I don't recall exactly how wide/long, probably whatever it was you mentioned. If you would like to know more search for

Pine Mountain Fault - National Speleological Society

or simply open this PDF if they don't move it by the time you see it...

http://caves.org/grotto/pmg/archive/PMG9.pdf

Go to page seven, it is an account of an exploration of the caves in 1903:

"A 1903 Visit To Letcher county’s Great Pine Mountain Caves:"

"Little Known Caves Yield Much Evidence Of Pioneer Days"
"By Clifford Smyth-1903"

Some great information you will find there!

Now back to the Action Squad! PLEASE, please put up some more youtube videos sooner than later! It was great being able to go along with you Max Action and the rest of your crew! You're too smart to take any dumb risks to make a youtube video but please do bring your cameras along on your future journeys!

You know Max Action, have you ever thought of going legit with this stuff? You know like Don Wilder / Cities of the Underworld television show? Your adventures are so much more interesting and hell you've pretty much only covered fairly local stuff--there's a whole planet out there that you guys could explore, if you went legit with permits, film crews, producers all that shit. Think about it, you'd be a natural in front or behind the cameras.

 

 

 

Date:

09/07/2013

Name:

Mike N.

Location:

Minneapolis

Homepage:

None

Comments:

I share your interest in abandoned sites.

 

 

 

Date:

08/23/2013

Name:

Robert j House

Location:

st louis, Columbia Illinois

Homepage:

http://archviewmetals.com

Comments:

Wow,I went on a beer run here in 1979 one night from St. Louis hauling Budwiser, in a 57 foot tractor trailer, loaded. We dropped the load and went around the corner and were to pick up HAMM's, Heileman's and Old Style beer. The "Endless' Beer Trip, TRIP LEASE, trying to go from St. Louis to St. Paul three times in a week. Our load was High jacked by another driver whom got there before us that day, that worked for the same company. We had an eight hour layover, went the Rathsceller and drank a hole in the beer cooler. Beer was free in all drivers rooms.
I was looking for the Arteasian well in the parking lot, this was the best water, I have ever found. Passed out in the back of the truck, wakeing up to the sound of a one inch impact, busting lugnuts off the truck parked next to us. Mothers aginst drunk driving was on the radio, and I said: shiot they are right, and never drove in a beer tractor trailer ever, after that night.

 

 

 

Date:

08/12/2013

Name:

Elizabeth Miller

Location:

None

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Just ran across your adventure at Hafner's, it brought back so many memories. I bowled in a 3M league there in the early 80's and had a blast. Our division also had a few business meetings/luncheons there during the same time period. It was a great place to hang out.

I was sad to see that it was destroyed in 2003. We were transfered to Texas in 1989 and we don't get back up to MN very often.

Thanks for making me smile.

 

 

 

Date:

08/09/2013

Name:

Bill

Location:

Twin Cities

Homepage:

None

Comments:

I forgot to mention that when they added some steam lines in the mid 30's, the manufacturer put their national symbol on them....What I am saying is that if you stand on the top flat surface on the old north boiler and stand out near the edge you can see a raised swastika on an 8" steam line.

 

 

 

Date:

08/09/2013

Name:

Bill

Location:

Twin Cities

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Hey UE's Its been many years since I first found the story of your adventures at TCAP and showed my manager at TCAP. Its all coming down now but in the NW corner of the main you can still see the original ceiling from the original show roomn. it s accessable from the roof. The showroom was later split up into many offices and a much lower false ceiling was installed.
I worked rotating shifts there for 10 years and when everyone was gone you could really explore the place. Everybody is gone now, its time to really look around.

 

 

 

Date:

07/25/2013

Name:

Anna Swanson

Location:

None

Homepage:

None

Comments:

This site is cool as heck, thank you for all your trespassing and photos thereof so all us losers on the internet can look at them without leaving our homes!

 

 

 

Date:

06/14/2013

Name:

Mouse

Location:

Minneapolis

Homepage:

None

Comments:

nice to know that, below these streets, roam these awesome bastards. have you dudes ever been in the big concrete stormdrain down at the falls? they dont keep a lock on it and its pretty easy to walk right in

 

 

 

Date:

06/09/2013

Name:

Prue Benson

Location:

South Georgia, United States

Homepage:

http://www.websitesoandso.com

Comments:

You guys are awesome!its good to see fellow adventures and i hope that your still around! Greetings from the east coast.

 

 

 

Date:

05/21/2013

Name:

Jackson

Location:

Bloomington, MN

Homepage:

http://www.facebook.com/iamvengeancemn

Comments:

Pretty kickass... reminds me of "night train" my buddies did in Iowa.. grab your bikes and backpacks with beers... ride some empty and hidden trails around the woods and explore.. but you certainly went much deeper. And that's pretty damn cool. I must try it some day

 

 

 

Date:

05/11/2013

Name:

kevin kling

Location:

grand rapids mn

Homepage:

http://www.google.com

Comments:

somebody really needs to take me exploring ill pay for most expenses i can get on my email account so hit me up on facebook my name is kevin kling

 

 

 

Date:

04/23/2013

Name:

Kelsey

Location:

Willow River, MN

Homepage:

None

Comments:

I gotta say.. Your website totally ROCKS! It's the shit man. The shit. I love reading about your adventures and whatnot. You have greatly helped induce my sudden love for abandoned buildings. I'm greatly considering buying some abandoned building and renovating it to make it look old and historic, but still modern. Maybe making apartments out of it to make It a more practical investment/project. Anyways, I love your work. Keep exploring!

 

 

 

Date:

04/15/2013

Name:

kevin kling

Location:

grand rapids mn

Homepage:

None

Comments:

hi guys sorry im not using the guestbook properly but when i went to the contact button i couldnt get it to work but this is what i want to say im 38 yrs old ive been exploring as much as possible my hole life i had half a dozen vacant houses as clubs n forts i love the whole concept of looking into an abandoned structure n imagining everything the building has seen through the yrs n what were the ppl like well anyways there r no more vacant strucures around here n ive really got to do some more its like a drug for me i think about it all the time ok heres what i have to say will u please take me on an exploration adventure maybe an overnight camping in an abandoned building ill bring supplies money food anything call me at 2183010194 i cant access my email so call if u have anything please ps ive been in the hotel lincoln in duluth did u use the fire escape in the back all the way to the roof oh yeah im on fb as kevin kling plz hit me up i really need this

 

 

 

Date:

03/29/2013

Name:

Adventurik

Location:

Rosemount, MN

Homepage:

http://www.hotmail.com

Comments:

I forgot to mention this. There's a new video game coming out next year that is employs urban exploration. You can get more info here and maybe donate to it, too.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/494598080/the-gallery-six-elements

 

 

 

Date:

03/29/2013

Name:

Adventurik

Location:

Rosemount

Homepage:

http://www.hotmail.com

Comments:

Wow! You guys are awesome! Man, I wish I had been able to do some of this exploring. I love exploring buildings and anything I can. I've explored old places I've worked, new construction buildings, etc. but not to any extent that you have. I'm almost 60 now, but would love to join a team, since I'm still in good shape. This website is GREAT! Just would like to know more about that picture at the head of the Labyrinth pages, that looks like a labyrinth extending to the city. Did you actually take that photo somewhere?

 

 

 

Date:

03/26/2013

Name:

Eric Nelson

Location:

eden prairie, mn

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Looking to join up

 

 

 

Date:

03/26/2013

Name:

jeff

Location:

st. paul

Homepage:

None

Comments:

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