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Fort Saginaw Mall

The Fort Saginaw Mall

The Fort Saginaw Mall was the first enclosed shopping mall in Saginaw, Michigan. It opened in 1966. K-Mart was one of the original anchor stores and remained as the final tenant before closing in 2004. Over the years it housed a Burlington Coat Factory, a Movie Theater, Federal’s, Norman’s Sporting Goods, 5-and-dime stores, a Pharmacy and more. Photos of the inside look beautiful in a mid-century kitsch sort of way.


I took this shot in 2008. I was new to urbex and really wanted to read more

Mac's Bar wall of pinups

Retro Pinups at Mac’s Bar and Rumbleville Underground Clothing


Mac’s Bar (118 N Michigan Ave, Saginaw, MI), Old Town Saginaw’s number one spot for elegantly crafted cocktails and upscale eating, is proud to feature the pinup photography of Darkroomist.com. He has been photographing women in the vintage pinup style since 2003. His images, and his reprints of vintage negatives have a classic, alluring beauty. Its a perfect fit for our establishment and helps patrons fully immerse themselves in the glamor of that a bygone era.

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Saginaw Old Golds "Contact Sheet"

“Contact Sheet” from the Saginaw Old Golds Baseball Game


On Sauturday, May 14th, 2016 (and Sunday) four Vintage Baseball teams from Michigan played four teams from Ohio. They play by 1860s rules, dress in 1800’s reproduction outfits, and play ball! My son and I went and watched out home town team, the Saginaw Old Golds play The Capitals. I shots these photographs with a Canon A-1, using a Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm, on read more

Saginaw Potter Street Station

Potter Street Station Panoramic


Officially named the Flint and Pere Marquette Railroad East Saginaw Depot most locals call it the Potter Street Station or just the train depot. Built in 1881, this structure was designed by the architectural genius Bradford Lee Gilbert. That’s not tongue in cheek, the man boasted a phenomenal career that included the first sky scraper in New York City, the first expansion of Grand Central Station, the first flat iron building in the country in Atlanta, and numerous train stations read more

Baker Perkins Shelving Dominos

Shot this close to home at Saginaw’s Baker Perkins Plant. They used to make ovens and do customized machining.

It was a fairly large industrial complex in varying stages of demolition. Almost like a mini Packard Plant. This room was weird, lots of vacuum tubes were stored on the shelves if I recall correctly. Looked like someone tried to play dominos with the shelves.

Nice lighting and captured with a Fuji GW690 which is the most tack sharp camera I own. Printed this at 16×20 read more