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Sep. 8th, 2006 | 08:56 am
posted by: opal_whitely in abandonedplaces

  • Here is an abandoned house my girlfriend and I came across while out cruising the country roads in NE Iowa.
    It was a very picturesque location, with a little creek meandering behind it.

    This little cottage was completely made of limestone which is very plentiful here in NE Iowa. We crawled through the door here.



    Here is a view right inside the front door.  Nice old wood burning stove along with a more modern - 60's?- stove.  Notice the pots and pans on the stove.  The bag that sits on the stove had what appeared to be concrete in it. Not sure.

    Another view of the kitchen taken from outside looking in the window. Notice the coat hanging there.




    Looking in the window near the back.


    The sun was beginning to set.  I love the colors in this house.  Here is the living room.  There is some wallpaper on the side of the room not pictured.  There was also a woodburning stove here, too. It must have been cozy back in the day. The couch was covered in leather.  Very well made and would be beautiful if restored.


    Here is the bedroom.  Pretty pink chenille spread.  Do you just get up and walk away one day, never to return?


    I did brave the stairs.  They were pretty solid.  Nothing up there but animal poo. Amy checked the pockets of the coat.  Nothing in the pockets but a hankie.  Actually there was nothing really "personal" here, i.e. mail, letters, etc. to indicate exactly who lived here, but what they left behind told many stories. 


    Looking in the basement.  Pretty solid construction.  The washtub was in the corner of the bedroom. 


    There were many small barns and outbuildings in the back of this cottage. Lots of items pertaining to horses; bridles, bits, shoes and other misc. farm machinery.  I think this place was abandoned in the 1960's.  There was also a VERY old log cabin on this property.  Maybe that is what this family lived in when they first settled.  I didn't see anything belong to a woman.  We have lots of bachelor farmers around this area. Maybe?  This was not the area to be asking around either.  Where we were was pretty much "hillbilly" way out in the sticks.  People like their shotguns here and I wouldn't want to be on the other end of one. Seriously.
    I do make it a point to leave these sights undisturbed as much as possible.  I would never dare take anything.  Now that would be bad karma.
     

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*Mrs Angela*

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from: glass_doll
date: Sep. 8th, 2006 02:31 pm (UTC)
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Its amazing how people will just up and leave things in their house.
Ive come across many that are simialir to what oyu found.... though nothing quite as lovely property

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SnugglyEvil

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from: snugglyevil
date: Sep. 8th, 2006 02:33 pm (UTC)
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GAH! Just gorgeous! I so want that couch!!! The brick au brak there is awsome too!

Great shots

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I watch hope come over me

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from: loveanddarkness
date: Sep. 8th, 2006 03:07 pm (UTC)
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Amazing place. Great photos.

It would be so cool to buy it and haul off all the junk and restore it to a working farm or country home.

The creek and such make it a desirable property. I wonder why it hasn't been sold.

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Cat's place

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from: enchantedpagan
date: Sep. 8th, 2006 03:55 pm (UTC)
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I really like that place! Thanks for sharing that!

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DeWynken

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from: de_wynken
date: Sep. 8th, 2006 04:36 pm (UTC)
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wow...I'd happily live the rest of my life in that..after I restored it. That stove is worth about 4k restored, and is more like from the 1860's than 1960's. Great find, glad you were able to explore and appreciate it sans "Deliverance' type encounters with the locals.

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opal_whitely

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from: opal_whitely
date: Sep. 8th, 2006 04:43 pm (UTC)
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Sorry, I meant the white, gas stove to the left in the photo being from the 60's. I, too, thought I could happily live out in this cozy home and beautiful countryside - after it was fixed up!

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DeWynken

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from: de_wynken
date: Sep. 8th, 2006 04:54 pm (UTC)
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It's certainly the epitomy of picturesque! The whole place is just a series of stories without an author..interesting place for sure.

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elperrodepaulov

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from: elperrodepaulov
date: Sep. 8th, 2006 05:21 pm (UTC)
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Very pretty site. Quite dream-provoking when you live in the misdt of a big city.

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Persian Sun

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from: ar_activist
date: Sep. 9th, 2006 01:12 am (UTC)
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Where exactly in NE Iowa is this? I'm from the Cedar Rapids area, so I know that side of Iowa fairly well. Would be nice to see it in person sometime.

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prairiesong

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from: prairiesong
date: Sep. 9th, 2006 02:30 am (UTC)
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Beautiful! I'm going to Northeast Iowa next month (Decorah and parts nearby) -- mind telling me about where it is?

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opal_whitely

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from: opal_whitely
date: Sep. 11th, 2006 09:17 pm (UTC)
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This house was just NE of Decorah. We were basically lost when we found this, but I believe it was on 250th St. If you take the Old Stage Rd out of Freeport turn left onto 250th St. There is a small white church and cemetary just down the road from this house. It sits off the road quite a ways.

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prairiesong

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from: prairiesong
date: Sep. 12th, 2006 11:54 am (UTC)
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Thank you, I look forward to finding it!

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dots and space :: dreams and recollections

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from: yrdirtylaundry
date: Sep. 9th, 2006 09:57 pm (UTC)
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i wish i'd come across a place like this.
i love the color of those bedroom walls.

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from: katiebug683
date: Sep. 10th, 2006 05:26 pm (UTC)
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I LOVE that house! It's so quaint and inviting...not creepy at all. It reminds me of a house in a fairy tale or something. How cool. An old wash tub too! That's gotta be old.

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opal_whitely

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from: opal_whitely
date: Sep. 11th, 2006 09:18 pm (UTC)
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It had a really nice, pleasant "vibe". A lot of the houses I explore come with a creepy feeling, but not this one. Just lovely.

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from: search4perfect
date: Sep. 12th, 2006 01:30 am (UTC)
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I am in love with the picture of the living room.

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opal_whitely

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from: opal_whitely
date: Sep. 14th, 2006 02:06 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I can imagine sitting there in front of the wood-burning stove on a crisp autumn day with the creek tinkling out the back door. **sigh**

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