Posts Tagged ‘chase’

Get chased around Sugarhouse by little people all night long, and for free!

Allen Park, better known as Hobbitville, is private lane across the street from Westminster College. If is known for it’s small houses, creepy statues, and violent “hobbits”.

One particular night, a few friends of mine decided to check this place out for ourselves. This was a night I will never forget. We were driving past the entrance to Hobbitville waiting for an old, beat-up car with their lights off to leave. On the third time we drove by, it pulled out and followed a few cars behind us. We noticed and with crying girls in the back seat, I (the driver) pulled down a side street to attempt to loose them. This didn’t work however. They began a 30 minute long chase through the Sugarhouse area. We would catch glimpses of them and discovered that they were old  guys with long, grey beards. Creepy. At times we would think we lost them, then we would drive to a 4-way stop in a neighborhood and they would be sitting in the middle of the intersection with their lights off. We pretty much crapped our pants. We finally got back on the main road and thought we lost them. All the passengers convinced me that we needed to abandon Hobbitville for tonight and just go home. I pulled a U-turn at an intersection. But right after I had turned around the beat-up car with no headlights drove past us, smiled, and waved. This is when I first started freaking out. After that, no car or stoplight kept me from speeding home as fast as we could. With the rain beating down hard at 1:00 in the morning, the girls couldn’t stop crying until we reached the safety of home.

Hobbitville is located on Allen Park Drive, just across the street of Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is a small road surrounded by trees with a gate, which is usually open, a few feet in room the road. It is a private drive and there is security. If you are caught, you will be asked to leave, but very forcefully. Once you enter the village, if does back pretty far. Inside this forested drive, there are homes, old abandoned buildings, and creepy stone monuments with weird sayings all around. View a map of Hobbitville.

Old Mill Adventure. Wow. This is a must read post. Walking around the Cottonwood Paper “Old Mill” is a must-do adventure (unless you are afraid of getting caught and receiving a $500 fine).

Taken from Wikipedia.org:

The Cottonwood Paper Mill is an abandoned stone structure located at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon in the Salt Lake Valley. It was built in 1883 by the Deseret News under the direction of Henry Grow.

The mill provided jobs and paper for nearly ten years. In 1892, the Cottonwood Paper Mill was sold to Granite Paper Mills Company. On April 1, 1893, a fire broke out inside. Between its large stockpile of paper and the fact that many who heard the alarm thought it to be an April Fool’s joke, the mill was destroyed, leaving only a stone skeleton.

The structure was partially rebuilt in 1927 for use as an open-air dance hall, known as the Old Mill Club, and remained so until the 1940s. It was also used in the 1970s and 1980s as a haunted house and a craft boutique. It was declared a historic site by the Daughters of the Utah Pioneersin 1966, and was condemned by the city of Cottonwood Heights in 2005. The owners indicated in a 2006 newspaper interview that there are currently no future development plans for the structure.

The Cottonwood Paper Mill is also known as Granite Paper MillDeseret Paper MillOld Mill (a title shared by several newer buildings in the vicinity) and Haunted Old Mill.

The Haunted Old Mill is surrounded by a fence, keeping visitors out. Sometimes the gate to the parking lot south of the Mill is open, in which you can enter (but don’t park inside). Otherwise, park on the street and sneak in. On the south side of the Mill there are a few openings in the fence in which you can crawl through to enter the enclosed Mill. From here, you can explore. I’ve heard stories of being able to sneak inside through an open window, but I wouldn’t try it. There are always people watching the Paper Mill, so be stealthy and quiet. There is a $500 fine for trespassing if you are caught.

View a map of the Old Mill.