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Jan. 12th, 2013 | 03:07 am
posted by: purplebrick in abandonedplaces

I spent Christmas with my boyfriend in his hometown in rural Saskatchewan, Canada. Needless to say, we made time one afternoon for my favorite pastime...


Edit: Thank you for the lovely comments everyone! 
1. First stop was the only place that wasn't actually a house. It was a one room school built in 1908. Nothing to see inside except snow and pigeon poo.



2. House Number One actually might have been my favorite. I thought it was so beautiful! Also built in 1908.



3. I loved the door in particular.



4. We didn't go inside the one because someone lived at a farm across the road.



5. House Number Two. Built in the same year, but in my opinion, not quite as pretty.



6. House was locked up pretty well but the garage was open. 



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9. Loved these old skates! 



10. Peeked in through the living room window. On the left is an old sewing machine.



11. House Number Three. I was amazed at how straight and tall this one was. I didn't go near this one because the snow was too deep!

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12. House Number Four stood out to me because it was so lonely feeling. There were no animal tracks or anything in the yard. 

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13. Playing around with the afternoon sun...

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15. Loved the details in the stone.

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16. Opened the door to peek inside but nothing about it looked safe.

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17. House Number Five was tough to get a shot of because of all the trees and bushes around it. I loved the red brick.

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19. The back porch door was locked up tight (above this) with recent looking locks...

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20. ...and the front door was wide open.

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21. There was so much amazing stuff in this house, from the furniture to the lamps to the staircase. I'd have loved to have seen the rest of it, but this picture was the only one I got before we heard something rustling around upstairs. Raccoons are not uncommon in the area so we decided to leave before we faced an angry one.

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22. Last but not least, House Number Six. The exterior paint was interesting.

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23. This one was really out in the middle of nowhere and the floors looked safe(ish) so we went inside.

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24. A livestock book with a 1975 print date. 

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25. 

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26. You may have noticed that I like doors...

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27. Worn out from too much two steppin'....

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28. We didn't chance the upstairs. However it has an open concept layout up there which I found interesting because most of these old places have narrow halls to every bedroom.

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29. 

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30. Just in case you need to light some dynamite.

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Thanks for looking!

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twistedsheets10

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from: twistedsheets10
date: Jan. 12th, 2013 11:12 am (UTC)
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Oh these are lovely...and quite a bit lonely. Why were they abandoned?

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purplebrick

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from: purplebrick
date: Jan. 12th, 2013 08:39 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! Saskatchewan's industry is mostly farming, so when the land was sold off decades ago, the people who bought the land likely didn't need another house, so they just left it. At least this is the case for most.

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Daisy

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from: daisychain1957
date: Jan. 12th, 2013 11:29 am (UTC)
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Such lovely houses, and as your first commenter asked, do you know why they are now abandoned?

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purplebrick

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from: purplebrick
date: Jan. 12th, 2013 08:40 pm (UTC)
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These houses are all like...within a 50 km radius of the town so it's not like they were all grouped together. Just the odd one here and there! Farming is big in this area so when the land was sold off decades ago, the people who bought the land likely didn't need another house, so they just left it. At least this is the case for most!

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Ponee

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from: featherfire
date: Jan. 12th, 2013 12:29 pm (UTC)
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What beautiful buildings. Thank you for sharing!

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Badger badger badger....

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from: snow_white
date: Jan. 12th, 2013 12:50 pm (UTC)
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What wonderful photos! Thank you for sharing!

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meschatsetmoi

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from: meschatsetmoi
date: Jan. 12th, 2013 02:09 pm (UTC)
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What a wonderful day! Would you mind sending some of your snow down to the midwestern States?

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loli_cat

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from: loli_cat
date: Jan. 12th, 2013 02:23 pm (UTC)
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I love abandoned rural houses and the ones in your area are so beautiful, especially the second one! I think I'd make a map of all of them and visit them in the spring when it dries out! ^_^

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ys_melmoth

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from: ys_melmoth
date: Jan. 12th, 2013 03:00 pm (UTC)
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Beautiful place, and pictures ! I'd be curious to learn the story of this place.

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purplebrick

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from: purplebrick
date: Jan. 12th, 2013 08:41 pm (UTC)
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These houses weren't exactly close together (maybe should have mentioned that in my post)...we spent probably six hours finding all of these in a 50 km radius of town. Farming would have been more prosperous years ago and then when everyone moved on and sold off the land they would have just left the houses. :)

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blythechild

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from: blythechild
date: Jan. 12th, 2013 03:22 pm (UTC)
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Fantastic photos - thanks for sharing. I loved the door shots.

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purplebrick

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from: purplebrick
date: Jan. 12th, 2013 08:42 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! I always get pictures of the doors. :)

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undo_y0u

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from: undo_y0u
date: Jan. 12th, 2013 03:40 pm (UTC)
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Beautiful pics! Thanks for sharing!

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Amber

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from: whimsyflowers
date: Jan. 12th, 2013 04:27 pm (UTC)
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Amazing!

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rednikki

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from: rednikki
date: Jan. 12th, 2013 04:35 pm (UTC)
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Wow, these are great! Thanks for posting!

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Look Out For Shai-Hulud

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from: kishiriadgr
date: Jan. 12th, 2013 04:50 pm (UTC)
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Abandoned musical instruments always make me so sad....

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purplebrick

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from: purplebrick
date: Jan. 12th, 2013 08:43 pm (UTC)
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Me too! I always think someone out there could be getting some use out of it.

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Bunney

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from: bunney
date: Jan. 12th, 2013 11:49 pm (UTC)
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I was going to say the same thing. I've always wanted a piano of my own, so my heart breaks just a little to see one abandoned and left to decay.

The landscape is gorgeous up there. Bet you can see for miles.

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Elle

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from: collectively
date: Jan. 12th, 2013 04:51 pm (UTC)
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These are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing them!

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kick_galvanic, zagzagael, skull_theatre

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from: bleodswean
date: Jan. 12th, 2013 05:32 pm (UTC)
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Amazing buildings - really nice door shots!!! The decorative brick work is really impressive!

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Karen

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from: byrons_brain
date: Jan. 12th, 2013 05:42 pm (UTC)
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These farmhouse are gorgeous.... I loved the snow on the steps so beautiful.....

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Amorette

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from: amorettea
date: Jan. 12th, 2013 05:44 pm (UTC)
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To see so many beautiful houses from the same period makes me wonder if this were some sort of planned community that didn't survive the droughts of the 20s and 30s. Shame that such glory and hope is left to rot. Sad but exquisite at the same time.

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purplebrick

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from: purplebrick
date: Jan. 12th, 2013 08:45 pm (UTC)
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I should have mentioned in my post that these aren't all that close together...we had to do quite a bit of driving to find them. Saskatchewan's industry is mostly farming, so when the land was sold off whenever ago, the people who bought the land likely didn't need another house, so they just left it!

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the_mtns_win_again

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from: tjoel2
date: Jan. 12th, 2013 06:32 pm (UTC)
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My favorite photo for some reason is #29. Don't know how you could resist going into some of those places!

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purplebrick

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from: purplebrick
date: Jan. 12th, 2013 08:46 pm (UTC)
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I'm really nervous about falling into a basement and breaking my neck! I'm a little braver in the summer when snow isn't covering the floorboards so I can see what exactly I'm stepping on. :)

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Alex

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from: failuresofine
date: Jan. 12th, 2013 06:57 pm (UTC)
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Man, what a jackpot of stuff! I'm totally jealous. ;) Where I'm from it used to be that you couldn't turn around without finding an abandoned house, but these days pretty much everything has been knocked down and replaced with "progress". Ugh. There is one notable exception though, and I really ought to post it here...

Thanks for sharing!

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Happy Accidents

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from: cosmiccircus
date: Jan. 12th, 2013 07:07 pm (UTC)
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Very cool photos!

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☆

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from: theidolhands
date: Jan. 12th, 2013 08:08 pm (UTC)
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awesome post. enjoyed your comments too!

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ioio10

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from: ioio10
date: Jan. 12th, 2013 08:48 pm (UTC)
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Very very interesting!

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knight in shining leather

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from: rebelcolors
date: Jan. 12th, 2013 09:50 pm (UTC)
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Such beautiful and haunting buildings. I especially love the picture of the piano. Thanks for sharing!

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The Silver Wolf of Darkness

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from: silvolf
date: Jan. 12th, 2013 10:47 pm (UTC)
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Awesome photos! I think my fave is the second house.

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Insanity Incarnate

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from: shadowgate
date: Jan. 12th, 2013 11:05 pm (UTC)
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I totally love the random snowmobile in #25. Awesomesauce! Great photos by the way!

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hpstrangelove

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from: hpstrangelove
date: Jan. 12th, 2013 11:38 pm (UTC)
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It's one thing to have houses abandoned and empty, but it touches something in me and makes me sad to see things left inside. The piano, the sewing machine (I'm a seamstress, so that makes me especially sad) and chair - it makes me wonder about who the people were that lived there once.

And I love old doors too! We have one on our screened-in patio. My husband keeps wanting to replace it with a new one but I won't let him.

Thanks so much for sharing these beautiful photos.

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Mateo Malo

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from: laviemoderne
date: Jan. 13th, 2013 12:43 am (UTC)
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nice post!

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Skye

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from: skye_blue
date: Jan. 13th, 2013 01:15 am (UTC)
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beautifully done mamma!!!!!!! i love the old bottles pics and pics number 10.. ;]

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kaylese

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from: cheeseandjoe
date: Jan. 13th, 2013 02:08 am (UTC)
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Love love love that 1st door photo. I also get nervous about falling through floors. So far, each rural house I've explored I couldn't freely walk around because the floors were already giving out.

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e_veeh_e

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from: e_veeh_e
date: Jan. 13th, 2013 03:06 am (UTC)
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Eerie, but yet beautiful

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크리스티

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from: cmaried
date: Jan. 13th, 2013 08:44 am (UTC)
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Beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing.:)

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hawk_soaring

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from: hawk_soaring
date: Jan. 13th, 2013 03:39 pm (UTC)
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Very beautiful. Thanks for sharing. I love old buildings and, like you, I'm a door nut. ;)

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♛ Serenity

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from: clarionromance
date: Jan. 13th, 2013 11:54 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for posting! I love old abandoned farmhouses.

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every nightmare needs an influence.

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from: emaciatedwords
date: Jan. 14th, 2013 12:04 am (UTC)
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Lovely photos. Abandoned houses always make me sad. At some point, those houses were someone's dream.

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joy_twinz

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from: joy_twinz
date: Jan. 14th, 2013 09:22 am (UTC)
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awesome photos!

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prizewheel

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from: prizewheel
date: Jan. 14th, 2013 09:36 pm (UTC)
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Loved the pictures.Thanks for posting.

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lmg633

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from: lmg633
date: Jan. 19th, 2013 09:45 am (UTC)
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Such amazing photo's... it's so sad seeing these abandoned houses, but I love it. So many questions to ponder about who lived there and why they left.

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purplebrick

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from: purplebrick
date: Jan. 8th, 2014 09:37 pm (UTC)
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Thank you so much!

I feel the same! Sad but there's something beautiful about it. I think about every house and why it might have been left.

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likalaruku

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from: likalaruku
date: Jan. 30th, 2013 08:08 pm (UTC)
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The book with the date wasn't necessary for my uncle; he looked at the bottles & figured the place had been abandoned in the mid 70s.

Edited at 2013-01-30 08:11 pm (UTC)

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