ByRebecca Raymer, writer at Creators.co
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The west side of Atlanta has a lot of old abandoned buildings, and is primarily an industrial area that has been easing into an art scene. A newly emerging area of gentrification, the neighborhood known as the King Plow/Railroad Historic District is home to galleries, studio spaces, and lofts.

Fun fact: if you are looking for heroin, or just to get shot, a little north of west Atlanta (Northwest Atlanta) is the place for you. It is where the (pseudo?) documentary Snow on tha Bluff was made, and is an area largely featured on Bait Car.

Another fun fact: Terminal West, also known as The Terminal at King Plow, is a performance venue in the area. It is where I saw Kate Nash for the first time. I haven't seen her a second time, but I will never stop hoping for that opportunity. She started following me on Twitter, and I swear to Jebus, I cried. I love you so hard, Kate Nash!

Okay, back to The Walking Dead.

This is where the King County Sheriff's Office was filmed. There was actually another production filming next door, and I have a phobia of being tackled by security personnel, so I didn't take many photos of the the building.

King County Sheriff's Department
King County Sheriff's Department

About two and a half miles from the sheriff's office is the building where they filmed the hospital scenes from the first episode. Photographing this location was the second time I got major heebie-jeebies covering past filming spots for The Walking Dead.

Back lot of the hospital.
Back lot of the hospital.

In the above photo, the house on the left can be seen in the background in one of the hospital scenes. The photo below, behind the building, is where I thought for sure I'd find a dead body.

Possible dead body dump site.
Possible dead body dump site.

The stairs where Rick exits the hospital can be seen in the next photo, but that area was flooded from all the recent torrential rain, so I couldn't get down there. I also didn't try very hard, as I previously mentioned the place gave me the creeps, big time.

Exterior hospital stairs.
Exterior hospital stairs.

Just past the stairs is an old mattress, and the area where tons of fly-covered, rotting corpses were laying around when Rick exits the hospital.

Partially flooded lot.
Partially flooded lot.

Up the hill from the body lot is where Rick saw the Army helicopter, and stumbled around some more in a daze. Although these buildings already look seriously rough, a lot of CGI was implemented in the final cut of the episode.

Agape Bus in the helicopter lot.
Agape Bus in the helicopter lot.

The hospital building is supposedly the current administrative headquarters of a mission organization serving the needs of the homeless population, but I didn't see any signs of life (haha).

Supposed administrative headquarters for a charity.
Supposed administrative headquarters for a charity.

Before I got to the building where they filmed the sheriff's office, I decided my GPS was full of shit, and wandered around a bit. While stopped at a not-the-sheriff's-department building, I took this fabulous shot of the sunset over the west side of Atlanta.

City-hipster-Fiat sunset.
City-hipster-Fiat sunset.

It makes me kind of sad to see so much of Atlanta abandoned and looking like the apocalypse actually already happened. We have one of the largest instances of wealth inequality in the nation. Riding around taking pictures at sunset, though, I can't deny it is one hell of an amazing city, and I am happy to be living here, where I'm from.

A big shoutout to The Walking Dead for filming in so many places I haven't seen before, so I can go have these awesome adventures in my own hometown. Another big shoutout to WalkingDeadLocations.com for making my coverage of TWD locations so much easier, and also another shoutout to The Walking Dead Ultimate Fanatics for the collaboration and support!

A very special thanks to Gale Anne Hurd for tweeting my last Walking Dead post - that was AWESOME.

As always, let me know if there are any particular filming locations in and around Atlanta you'd like me to cover, and look out for more Walking Dead posts here, too.

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