at the end of the line....

Abandonment


A collection of abandoned farmhouses I have had the privilege to explore over the last year.Some are nearly empty,but some are full of personal furnishings and effects.I find them the most interesting,but at the same time,the saddest.You get a feeling of the owners lives,and the pain they would most certainly feel to have their life's history decaying for all the world to see...

weathering the storm...

03 Apr 2016 3 3 272
Abandoned and badly decaying farmhouse in NW Illinois.I have been watching this one slowly weather away for years now...

cursed by the red baron?

05 Mar 2016 8 5 359
This structure was actually used-unsuccessfully I was told- to raise hogs many years ago.The old farmhouse was converted into a feed storage area and a loading dock for the hogs! The hogs were raised in long building attached.Strangely on the roof of the long building it reads "curse you red baron" which makes you wonder the backstory of this strange,and ultimately, misguided place....

3352 Brookville Road

24 Apr 2016 4 5 311
abandoned northern Illinois farmhouse

gross neglect...

01 May 2016 2 5 291
Abandoned farmhouse in severe decay full of personal belongings,including family pictures.Even the trees are decaying....

at the end of the line....

22 Jun 2016 6 4 238
Abandoned caboose left in the ghost town of Rhyolite,Nevada.The railroad pulled out of the dying mining town by 1920.This was actually used as a gas station for a time and the old train depot across the street was a casino/museum till that died out also.Now all is pretty quiet except for the occasional tourist wanting to see a piece of Nevada mining history...

roadrunners....

18 Jun 2016 5 4 226
The iconic Roadrunners Retreat on abandoned route 66 in California.This stretch of the old route was decommissioned in 1972,effectively killing the towns and businesses that depended on the traffic.An attempt to reopen this station failed in 1995 when the EPA discovered underground leaks in the gas tanks. Much better LARGE

land of the lost...

05 Aug 2016 10 6 318
Along Main Street in "downtown" Stillwell,IL. This area in central Illinois,already hurting from rural flight,was decimated from the Farm Crisis in the early "80s.Interest rates tripled and put the end to many family farms and emptied rural communities further.In Stillwell,both churches closed-one later burned to the ground-and the few businesses left closed, leaving a virtual modern day ghost town.It is truly a place of profound loss,with little hope of a resurrection...

up on the hill....

16 May 2014 6 3 270
Abandoned farm house near Ohio,IL.

prairie ghosts...

05 Nov 2016 3 3 277
Abandoned old farm in northwest Illinois....

take the dark path....

14 Jun 2016 3 6 338
I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars... Og Mandino Abandoned farmhouse in northern Illinois...more dramatic LARGE.

the end of the line...

14 Feb 2016 3 2 257
A shot of the abandoned 05 steam engine near tiny Galt,IL. This has been sitting here since the early '80s,and uncovered recently when the area around it was cleared for the construction of a new grain bin.A few years back,I walked the area,shooting another old railroad relic,and did not see it(it was probably 100 feet from where I was at!).It was used by a local steel mill until retired in the mid '70s....

over the river and through the woods....

13 Dec 2016 3 1 242
My favorite abandoned house with a fresh blanket of snow....

the end of the industry....

13 Feb 2016 2 1 232
The long abandoned International Harvester plant still looms along the riverfront after its shutdown in 1961.The company moved this plant's line to the bigger in Rock Island,IL.,which in turn was shuttered in the mid-'80s during the farm crisis.Much of this plant burned in the mid 90's leaving this collapsing ruin.

home for the holidays...

01 Jan 2017 2 2 234
Abandoned Illinois farm complete with Christmas lights.Those lights have been there for MANY holidays....

those ghosts won't let you go...

10 Feb 2017 5 2 289
Beautiful, long abandoned farmhouse on the prairie of central Illinois...

prairie ghosts...

10 Feb 2017 1 2 217
abandoned mansion on the prairies of central Illinois...

the old and the new....

19 Feb 2017 3 2 254
This two surviving buildings from an old farm struggle to survive in the middle of a windfarm in northern Illinois...

life on the prairie....

10 Feb 2017 2 4 232
Great old abandoned mansion with a prairie view.Located in central Illinois.

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