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Abandoned Places – Tumbleweed Ranch

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May. 8th, 2008 | 08:45 am
location: Los Angeles County
mood: gratefulgrateful
posted by: jj_maccrimmon in abandonedplaces

In the 1950’s & 60’s, the Antelope Valley was full of ranches, farms and dreams. Some dreams last, others fade, some turn to nightmares. This 1950’s era ranch home was one my kids and I found on a random prowl this past January. I’m just getting around to posting it due to available time. The house was huge and appears to have been expanded several times over the decades. Unfortunately it appears to have been the site of a forcible eviction.









As you can see, there is the remains of personal possessions casually tossed onto the concrete driveway slab. There was more surrounding the house.






Inside (no records found)




They definitely had children




The bunny’s front was soaked and merely added to the depressing feel of the place




A children’s cowboy hat (from Knott’s Berry Farm)


This had been part of a vanity. A shattered TV lay nearby. All were thrown casually out of the house into piles and ruined by the elements.


“We’re sorry but this line has been disconnected..”



Inside tomorrow

BTW, thank you to everyone who offered support and didn’t freak out too much about my previous LJ Advisory Board vote request. More to follow on that too.

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dreamyraynbo

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from: dreamyraynbo
date: May. 8th, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC)
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Oof, how sad. :( Nice pics, though.

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JJ_MacCrimmon

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from: jj_maccrimmon
date: May. 9th, 2008 12:42 am (UTC)
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The place really had a sadness to it that one could virtually taste and smell.

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Denialle

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from: oblongbox666
date: May. 8th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
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Great photos! I grew up in the Antelope Valley, I couldnt wait to move the minute I got out of college because of the overall depression of the whole valley. It seemed to run rampant. Businesses closing left and right. I sometimes think that place has a curse on it to never be anything but run down.

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JJ_MacCrimmon

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from: jj_maccrimmon
date: May. 9th, 2008 12:41 am (UTC)
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I have lived here now for going on 7 years and the area continues to evolve in ways good and bad. The growth in the two years prior to this one was explosive and many of the old farms and ranches close to Lancaster, Palmdale and Quartz Hill were simply flattened and swallowed by large developments. This site is somewhat away from the development zone around the metro area, but my guess is the owner/bank thought last year they could get more money from a buyer and kicked out the previous residents. Then the market collapsed. Funny thing is, in my own neighborhood, there's a number of houses that are showing serious signs of decay and abandonment due to loan foreclosures. I may have to actually shoot a few of these houses within mere blocks of my house.

BTW, are you coming up for Bats Day this year (I noticed our similiar friends and acquaitances)?

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Denialle

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from: oblongbox666
date: May. 12th, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC)
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probably no Bats day me this year - i am going to the tiki oasis in SD instead!

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Andrea

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from: vesleskjor
date: May. 8th, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
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Something about seeing stuffed animals left behind, all dirty, always makes me a little sad. I like the photos, though :)

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from: furrinalia
date: May. 8th, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
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It makes me so sad seeing abandoned toys!

Great post.

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from: octopusdog
date: May. 8th, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
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I was just thinking that!
So sad.

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Mattie

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from: mattie
date: May. 8th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
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Thirded.

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Smarty Pants

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from: smartypantsnyc
date: May. 8th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
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Fourthed.

But to me the most sad ever is seeing one tiny lost mitten on the road. Dunno why, I'm weird.

<3
R

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JJ_MacCrimmon

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from: jj_maccrimmon
date: May. 9th, 2008 12:46 am (UTC)
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Thank you all. As mentioned, it was very depressing to see the after effects of an eviction. Several lives were strewn across the yard of this home and shattered beyond recognition or so I thought. I found some event sadder stuff which will appear tomorrow.

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sokkmonkey

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from: sokkmonkey
date: May. 8th, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
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the one of the bear "sleeping" next to the spray can is just epic.

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JJ_MacCrimmon

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from: jj_maccrimmon
date: May. 9th, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)
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When I saw them together like that laying there, I knew I had to take the shot. The multiple meanings it gave just was too much to resist. Thanks!

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Mims

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from: mims03
date: May. 8th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
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For some reason the bunny picture got to me. Very Sad.
Great pics though. Looking forward to the rest!

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dooropener

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from: dooropener
date: May. 8th, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
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The teddys look so sad

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Linda

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from: lindapendant
date: May. 8th, 2008 05:56 pm (UTC)
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The bunny shot really belongs over at abandoned_toys

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JJ_MacCrimmon

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from: jj_maccrimmon
date: May. 9th, 2008 12:53 am (UTC)
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T'is tempting. If you'd like to crosslink or reference this post there feel free to (brings more people to the community in this direction). I'll try to post them over there in a few days (I'm kinda swamped with stuff today and tomorrow).

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Linda

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from: lindapendant
date: May. 9th, 2008 10:26 am (UTC)
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That's a good idea - I'll crosslink the post later today. I always enjoy your photos by the way and I like the fact that your kids get to go with you.

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Nicole

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from: bloodandfire13
date: May. 8th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)
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The sleeping bear next to the aerosol can.... wow. Evokes quite a feeling.

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loli_cat

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from: loli_cat
date: May. 8th, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
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Wow, a brick home w. a tile roof? That's good, expensive quality materials here in the midwest...something like that would be worth restoring if it were around here, even in this economy. I take it, from the comments, that antelope valley is a couple hours drive from anywhere though?? Sad...

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JJ_MacCrimmon

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from: jj_maccrimmon
date: May. 9th, 2008 01:00 am (UTC)
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The house only lays about 6 miles from the heart of Lancaster. I really believe the owner or bank kicked out the previous residents thinking they could turn and sell to developers for a quick buck. Didn't happen.

The exterior of the house and the interior structure is pretty solid in the oldest core sections of the house. The interior walls, wiring and plumbing would have to be completely replaced. The salvage and metal thieves got into it and stripped it bare. Oh and you're right about the quality of the hosue and the expensive materials. That looks like the home of a contractor. High end for it's day.

Edited at 2008-05-09 01:04 am (UTC)

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It's A Scam

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from: itsascam
date: May. 9th, 2008 12:09 am (UTC)
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I hope Shar's hair doesn't look like the hair on the top face on that sheet of paper!

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JJ_MacCrimmon

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from: jj_maccrimmon
date: May. 9th, 2008 12:31 am (UTC)
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heh heh heh, me too.. I got the impression that the young lady(?) who wrote that was reusing paper and the drawing was secondary. We found stuff from a couple of youths in the rubble.

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leftover meatloaf

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from: regionalradical
date: May. 10th, 2008 02:07 am (UTC)
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the bear makes me want to cry

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