April 13th, 2015

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  • tjoel2

Abandoned Homes in Calaveras County

I feel so fortunate to have been able to photograph these two structures in February 2013, as they were demolished a year later.  The entire mountain-side has been landscaped now, and you would never know these houses existed.  I drive by this site often, as it's about 10 minutes from my home in Calaveras County along highway 4.  I watched for years as these houses fell apart and deteriorated.  Finally the front wall of the first house crumbled exposing the entire living-room, just as the occupants had left it.

February 13, 2013

This was the view from the highway.  There is a ravine with a creek running through it between the houses and the highway, so we had to park and walk up into the forest behind the structures to get to them.

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The second house on the site didn't seem to be in quite the same state of deterioration.

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This is what the hill-side looks like today. I really wish I had gotten some pictures during the demolition.  It's not exactly an easy place to access however, being right on the highway.

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