American Urban Exploration

Preserving or history through urban exploration



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"Take nothing but photographs, Leave nothing but footprints, Break nothing but silence..."


American Urban Exploration is a collection of stories and photographs from various adventures across the world all which fall under the term, Urban Exploration. That’s really all there is to say about it. Who, what, when, where and why? I don’t think they really matter in the grand scheme of things, but if you really want to know, read on.

We’re just like you, we have jobs, go to school, watch tv and go to bars over the weekend. However, every now and then if the urge takes us, we sometimes choose to spend our time wading in sewers, climbing skyscrapers, accessing abandoned buildings and infiltrating infrastructure.

There isn’t a single main reason why we explore. Some do it as a quest for knowledge, and some think they might find ghosts,  others like the idea of exploring the unknown and forgotten and others just do it for fun. There is no right and wrong approach, as long as you feel you are getting something positive from the experience, your doing it correctly! Thats really all there is to it. If you like what you see and feel the urge to do the same, then pack a bag, grab a torch and head out into your town, you never know what you might find.


And always remember... "take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints, break nothing but silence..."

The true meaning of Urban Exploration, is not just to find what has been lost to neglect, natural disaster, or time; but to preserve the history of what was once forgotten and now is found again.

Please feel free to join, and share your experiences and stories; and to all of our new members, welcome; and our new models, we look forward to working with you.







DISCLAIMER: Urban Exploration can be dangerous, and in some places, illegal, use caution and good judgement; most buildings, grounds, tunnels, sewers, and so on, either occupied or abandoned, are probably owned by someone; so before you commit B&E on some random site, attempt to contact the owners first, 9 times out of 10, they will let you in, and even be able to give you a little bit of history on the place. We do not condone any illegal acts, however, there is a fine line on what we view as illegal, for more, see the "Warning Signs" in FAQ's.










American Urban Exploration, L.L.G., herein known as “AUE, American UrbEx, or The Group”, is a not for profit, Limited Liability Group, and assumes no responsibilities for any legal activities undertaken by our members, associates, or affiliates, and at any time, reserves the right to deny, rescind, or revoke membership in the group, in accordance with the groups founding policies, dated December 15, 1994. Furthermore, any actions taken by AUE and its members, will be mitigated in the least complicated form possible, to include, summery review of membership, and copyright infringement. Any issues that cannot be resolved by mitigation will be referred to AUE’s attorney, and proper actions will be taken. Any photographs, articles, sources, or resources, not inclusively owned by AUE, will be used in accordance with applicable copyright laws, and proper credit will be given the appropriate owners.





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