Not to much is known about the history of the American Viscose Corp. It was however the first ever
Rayon Factory in the US and was built in 1910.
The remaining buildings only are a small sample of what used to be located on the compound. The
larger new section home of the chemical research department was turned into a community center and
later turned into a few apartments, which are being lived in. The older section, main offices are still
there and totally abandoned. And for the most part tightly sealed shut. The offices housed a huge
dinning area as well as a four lane bowling ally on the top floor. The bottom end of the factory behind
the labs, are still there but being used as storage and are being used by other companies, one of which
is a medical waste disposal facility. The last two remaining buildings are completly abandoned, but
very hazardous. The one building the smaller of the two, was a maze of pipes, vats, mixing/holding
tanks, and chemical drums. This building, I believe was used to store, mix and process the benzene,
sulfuric acid and the caustic sodas needed to produce the resins that would be used to produce rayon.
That room would remind you of something out of a Nightmare on Elm Street movie, with all of the
pipes, boilers, and so on. The second and tallest of the buildings, which was I think 6 or 7 stories high
were for the most part empty. The top floor had some remains of the spinners used to spool the rayon,
and spools of rayon were everywhere.
I do have to stress though that the American Viscose Corp. Complex is located in Marcus Hook, PA.
Which isn't the nicest of towns. The town is known for homeless people as well as drug dealers.
Luckly for myself and team, we never came across anyone while being at this complex. And on the
first night when we explored the "Acid Building", and the "Tall Building", we had an escort. I will not
get into who they were, as to protect there identity, but it is good when you know people. The entire
complex is private property and is routenly patroled by the Marcus Hook Police Department. But
than again I would rather run into a Police Officer than a gun toting drug dealer. So be warned.