Old Ruins - for Gnatbytes
Ruins in Valley Forge National Park. I've seen it stated that this was the first bottling plant of Hires Root Beer, but a long and tedious google search turned up nothing but anecdotal comments to this effect. There's no doubt that Charles Hires, the inventor and founder of Hires Root Beer, was a local Philadelphia success story, but every report I could find had his company's bottling plant and offices located on Arch Street in Philadelphia, a location that makes far more sense than the then wilderness of Valley Forge.
But, the building may very well have been some sort of bottling plant, it's built directly over top of a natural spring from which a steady stream of water flows down to Valley Creek. Hard to imagine why else someone would build over a spring. Anyway, apart from some obvious meddling by the Park Service to keep people from collecting water from the spring, and to channel it under and away from the hiking path, the place is being allowed to disintegrate naturally. Sorry for the lousy photos, it was a dreary day! Note to self - go back on a sunshine and blue sky day! ;)
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