Abandoned No. 8 | Building

I’m not sure what the abandoned building is. I couldn’t get in to take a closer look because it was surrounded by a barbed wire fence.

I’ve been holding on to old abandoned pictures we took because we haven’t had a chance to go looking for new stuff. Hopefully these will last until we take some more serious photo adventures. But if the abandoned posts become less frequent, that’s why.

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Abandoned No. 5 – The Y-Bridge

The Y-Bridge is an old bridge in Galena, Missouri that used to take traffic over the James River. It’s now closed to traffic and on the National Register of Historic Places. Nicole had her first Saturday off in a very (very) long time and we decided to take a trip down to check it out. I don’t know if this 100% counts as an abandoned post, but I’m going for it anyway.

It was a little less exciting than I had anticipated, but we still had fun and both took lots of photos. Here’s what it looks like, and what we look like messing around on the bridge.

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Abandoned No. 3 | Sailboats

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Two weekends ago during our now weekly driving through depression adventures, we went north and ran into a lake. Fellows Lake, to be exact. Water photos, pretty cool. But we found something better than I expected. Overgrown abandoned sailboats. They didn’t seem to have been there too long, but still. It seems like it’s been a while.

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Driving Through Depression No. 3

You know what time it is. Time for your weekly dose of driving through depression. Last weekend we took our travels north, ran into a lake, lots of old stuff, porno under a bridge (not kidding) and of course, cows.

I love the fall like everyone else and so of course it’s been really cool to be able to see the leaves changing colors these last few weeks. We’re having a heavy rain today (on Halloween, I know) and so I’m worried that we’ll lose a lot of leaves before they get to the peak of color, since they haven’t gotten there yet. I’m worried about things looking too plain in the winter for good photos if we continue our driving adventures, but at the same time, maybe we’ll see things we never would have even been able to spot if they were covered in weeds and leaves.

On future adventures: Nicole has a friend who has the inside scoop on some abandoned places actually inside the city limits. I’m really excited to get the scoop. Hopefully more abandoned posts coming soon with help from her. Also we’re looking into the purchase of a wide angle lens for our cameras, which would make those photos so dope.

Okay that’s really all. On to the photos.

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Abandoned No. 2 | Burnt

We drove and drove Sunday and found lots of cool stuff, but this house, which I only have the one shot of, was creepy. It was burned out, to start. We turned around to take a photo anyway, just from the car, but we’d been driving for a long time and my battery suddenly died. No shot. Then Nicole tried to take one with her iPhone and what to you know, her phone snapped the pic then shut down the camera without taking the shot. I ended up taking my battery out and putting it back in and getting a few snaps of the house after all. But we thought it was like the house didn’t want us taking photos of it. Strange right?

What happened in this house?

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Abandoned No. 1

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So we did it. Driving around on our regular weekend driving adventures outside the city yesterday we found an old abandoned house. Nicole stopped to let me photograph it.

I was super excited but also just running at full speed because Nicole was not sure about the legality of me creeping around some old abandoned structure. There were not any No Trespassing signs, and the property was for sale, so I thought it was really not anything to be worried about. We have trailed around the outside of many a For Sale houses, peeking into windows and walking on porches with no concerns, so that really put me at ease I think. Nicole was really concerned about snakes, but I haven’t seen one since the beginning of summer and I was so excited about getting photos that I don’t think I would have cared if one had peeked out from under something anyway. Needless to say, though, she waited in the truck.

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It was a hectic and heart pounding ten minutes to say the least. If I was even there for ten minutes, I don’t know. I almost stepped into the opening of the cellar which was covered by a piece of sheet metal and that was kind of an eye opener to be extra super careful as I was only being super careful to begin with. I did that while peeking into the side window, through which I found just a ton of stuff piled up, mattresses, a kid’s bike, a tire and a ton of other stuff.  Here’s the view through the window.

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I did go inside, but just into one fairly clear room in the back. The back door was open, or without a door all together, I can’t recall. I can’t say that all this stuff being left there astonished me. Being someone who loves old things, looks through dumpsters and goes to garage sales I am acutely aware of how people often just leave stuff behind or don’t care about stuff all together. I don’t know what makes me like old, worn out things but I do. I always have. Anyways, here are the rest of the pictures. The clock and the broken root beer thermometer were my two favorite things by far. I wanted to dive through the window to grab that clock, seriously.

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In closing, I have to give a huge shout out to The Dainty Squid blog for making me realize that photographing abandoned structures is something a normal person can do. I never really thought about who it was photographing all the really cool things I come across, but it is just some photographer on an adventure with a camera. I can be that adventurer too. I really hope this is just the first in a continuing series of abandoned things that I can photograph and share with you guys.