About AAR

An Echo From the Past

Everyday, neglected structures are on the verge of, if not already, to being threatened with demolition or much needed renovation. We traveled to decayed places around the state and bear witness to the vandalism, the weathering, and the slow death of countless historic buildings. It was simultaneously heartbreaking and captivating. We knew early on that we had to do something to save these places.

Many photographers that have traveled to structures like these simply take three or four interesting photos and leave. Our work is aimed at a higher purpose. Through historic documentation we hope to immortalize the stories of the places we visit beyond the building’s finite lifespan. To preserve an echo from the past.

Our Facebook fan page now has over 12,000 followers and our website is growing more each day.
We are committed to continuing our work and publishing these stories to our website.

Meet the Team


Eddy Sisson
Eddy joined AAR in 2013 to explore Dogpatch USA. The trip affected him so deeply that he made it his mission to do anything he can to save it's history. Starting by making what became pretty much the official page on Facebook all the way to actively volunteering hundreds of hours of labor to get it back in shape. In 2016 he became the Director of Abandoned Arkansas after it's founder, Michael Schwarz, went to fulfill his dreams as a director.
James Kirkendall
Fort Smith
Michael Schwarz
Conway, AR
Michael Founded AAR in Aug. 2012. History, Videography and Photography is his passion.
Lana Yates
Lana joined in 2016 and currently runs our instagram @AbandonedAR
Grant King
Little Rock, AR
Caitlen Taylor
Warren, AR

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