Sadly, Utterly Abandoned: Special Guest Series – Rural America

I sent out a request to friends and family to take snapshots of those abandoned places they see on their way here and there. These gorgeous images were taken by close family friend, Sandy, while traveling the back roads of America with her husband, Ron. Her artistic eye is evident in every shot.

Derelict barn. Photo by Sandy Carmony | Lis'Anne Harris
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Sadly, Utterly Abandoned Barns

I’ve always loved old barns. My grandma and grandpa had a huge red barn sitting on a steep hill next to their house. My cousins and I played in it all the time, even as it was beginning to become unsafe and warned not to. Daring kids we were. It was three stories with the top floor completely empty. Our uncles had installed basketball hoops at both ends and it made for an awesome court. Also, hanging from the center ridge beam was a long rope. We could take a running jump onto it and swing back and forth in a high, wide arc. It was exhilarating and fun! It didn’t take much to entertain us way back then.

Image by Ian Sane on Flickr.

Image by Ian Sane on Flickr.

I think of the kids that must have played in these barns – after their chores were done for the day; the mother who trudged out in the wee hours of the morn to milk the cow; the farmer who’s very livelihood revolved around the animals he kept and farming implements stored within that were so vital to his family’s existence. It was a hard row to hoe, but a simpler, straightforward way of life that’s rapidly becoming a long forgotten memory. Continue reading

Sadly, Utterly Abandoned Homes

I love them all and so many more. There will definitely have to be a second homes series. If anyone has any information on any of these, please share!

This most likely used to be a hotel. The image was taken upstate New York, around Hunter Mountain. http://highaperture.com

What an awesome building! This most likely used to be a hotel. The image was taken upstate New York, around Hunter Mountain. This photo has been posted on so many different sites, it was hard to tell who the original photographer was. My best guess is ckdhtc on High Aperture – only because I enlarged the photo to such a degree that I could see this on the bottom corner.  The house next to it looks to be in the same sad state of neglect. I’d love to explore both places. There are horses in the left mid image. Someone must care for them which makes me wonder if at least part of the house is occupied. A wonderful commenter took the time to find the missing answers. This is the old, abandoned Cold Springs Hotel in Tannersville, New York.

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