Ford Ranger Plant/ Apocalyptic Scene

Those of us who live near the Ford Ranger plant in St. Paul, MN have watched the daily demolition of an industrial icon. In 2006 Ford officials announced plans to close the factory, though it operated for three years past the 2008 closure date initially announced. The plant’s final truck was completed on December 16, 2011.

I drove over today with the intention of taking a few shots of what is quite an apocalyptic scene. Security on site told me “no photos allowed”, despite the fact that there is no posting to that effect.

“Why?”, I asked.

“You cannot take any photos.”

“Well who can I talk to to obtain permission?”

“I don’t know…you can take pictures from the sidewalk,” was the final answer.

‘Huh?!’ OK!!

11 thoughts on “Ford Ranger Plant/ Apocalyptic Scene

  1. I just drove by the site last night and couldn’t believe the progress made since I last saw it a couple of weeks ago. Strange to see. Also strange they wouldn’t let you take photos. Bizarre.

    1. Amusing too…the poor security guard was turning back a steady stream of state fair parking traffic while I was pestering him. People seemed to think the rubble area was the shuttle lot…LOL!!

  2. What a sight and how sad to see it all come down but then I wonder how happy the original inhabitants of the area were when it was built there. It must have been so tempting to take a walk around the fence, maybe find a hole . . . .

  3. A bit odd, it sounds like, “No close-ups, please.” 🙂

    But the notion of the demolition site being the “shuttle lot” is too funny. I hope it’s not a commentary on MN parking skills. 😉

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