By Crystal Chung @crystalkchung
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Situated in the beautiful hillsides of rural Pennsylvania, the derelict Yellow Dog Village was built in the early part of the last century and was once home to a thriving mining community.
These haunting pictures were captured by photographer and urban explorer Johnny Joo, 25, and give a glimpse into a shattered town ripped apart by the Great Depression of the 1930s.
In 2014, the village, which is situated in Worthington in western Pennsylvania and consists of 16 buildings, was bought by retired history teacher Joseph Meyer.
The professor, who is from Lebanon County in the 'Keystone state', plans to turn the forgotten area into a space where people can immerse themselves in history and nostalgia.
And Ohio born snapper Johnny revealed he discovered a village waiting to be reborn.
He said: “The photos aim to show that the town does have a bright future ahead of it.
“I met the owner Joseph, who was very excited to share stories about the town and plans for its restoration.
“He is an incredibly nice person and I can't wait to see his plans come to fruition.”
Meyer's project will involve opening Yellow Dog Village to the public as a historic camp, where guests will be able to live in the space and learn the history of the mines and the town.
Photojournalist Joo confirmed that since the last remaining residents vacated in 2011, the site was left to rot and repeatedly vandalised by teenagers
He said: “Over the years, kids would claim this as their new hangout space, running up and down the streets causing damage to structures – smashing windows and breaking in doors.
“It was not until 2014, that Joseph and his business partner signed papers to become the new owners of this entire piece of forgotten land.”