The Peters Cartridge Company, in Kings Mills, is a favorite of locals when it comes to abandoned or supposedly haunted buildings. Though calling it abandoned isn’t exactly true, but more on that later. While it is commonly called “The Powder Factory,” they didn’t actually make any gun powder at the site. The gun powder was made across the Little Miami River at the Kings Powder facility. The Peters Cartridge Company made shotgun shells and rifle and pistol cartridges., hence the name.
The factory was built in the 1880′s, though I’ve also read a few places that it was built even earlier than that, but most say the 1880’s, so we’ll go with that for now. There is said to have been about 20 explosions, killing dozens of people over the years, before Peters Cartridge sold out to Remington Arms in 1934. One of these explosions destroyed much of the original complex, but it was rebuilt and production went on. The factory continued to manufacture rifle and shotgun ammunition until close to the end of World War II, after which it closed as part of a consolidation by Remington.
Since then, parts of the property have been used for everything from making records and eyeglass lenses & frames, and storing booze made by Seagrams Distillers. Someone tried to turn it into a commerce park at one point, with no success. There’s even been some music videos and movies filmed on the site. But as stated earlier, the building still isn’t abandoned, as a salvage operator and a small printing company still rent space and operate there. In 1985, the site was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
As the site sits now, it certainly looks deserted, with a high creep factor. Sitting along the Little Miami River, windows broken out, parts of it crumbling, large “No Trespassing” signs…it looks like its straight out of a horror movie. Add in to all that the stories of accidents and deaths over the years, and its no surprise the building has the haunted reputation that it does. Though I actually haven’t heard any specific stories, just that its supposedly haunted. The site is now set to be converted into loft apartments in the coming years, so I guess we’ll have to wait till some tenants get moved in to see what they have to say. You want to check it out yourself? Now? Forget about it. They have a STRICT no trespassing policy, and the site is patrolled regularly looking for violators. So don’t even think about it.
The Peters Cartridge Company is located at 1915 Grandin Rd. in Kings Mills, Ohio.
Can you visit this location?
No. This is a privately owned building. They don’t allow visitors, and will prosecute trespassers.