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Re: Abandoned Homesteads
« Reply #20 on: April 29, 2006, 05:53:26 pm »
slowzuki, they've burnt a couple covered bridges here in the last 20 years. They like building bomb fires out of old tires on the deck.  Typical no nothing low lifes, look what they've done to the pic nic sites, the government finally gave up on. Bring in a new picnic table or set up and outhouse and they'll tear it down, typical for NB. ::)

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Re: Abandoned Homesteads
« Reply #21 on: April 30, 2006, 12:32:32 am »
Back in the days of the wayside parks, Florida used to advertise "Free Picnic Tables" so people would know that the park was ahead.

I think it was a record that Deacon Andy Griffith made that described his trip through Florida to Nausea (Nassau).  He was describing the tables and said that they stopped and were going to get one but they were too heavy, being concrete.   They decided that they would get one on the way back.

The title of story was "Number one street", which equated to the highway, US-!.

I know.  It doesn't have anything to do with  burning bridges, but, this is just what came to mind.  :)
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Re: Abandoned Homesteads
« Reply #22 on: April 30, 2006, 08:13:28 am »
One of the pleasant surprises here has been the rest rooms. No, they aren't particularly nice - but there is no rude remarks scrawled on the walls.

Except in the tourist areas.  >:(

If those Abandoned homesteads where here - someone would be living in them!
So, how did I end up here anyway?

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Re: Abandoned Homesteads
« Reply #23 on: May 01, 2006, 03:59:10 am »
You know, whenever I see an old abandoned house like these, I always wish I could time warp back to the first owner of the house walking in on their first day.

No matter how small or unseemley the house is now, once it was someone's palace.

I try to imagine what the first woman who walked in as 'lady of the house' was feeling. How proud she must have been.

And I look at the size of the house and think, however did someone bring up 4 or 5 children in THAT? But then I remember that 'back then' kids didn't play in the house, they didn't need room for their stuff (coz they didn't have any) and they just used their rooms to sleep.

Yup, old fall-y down-y houses fascinate me.

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Re: Abandoned Homesteads
« Reply #24 on: May 01, 2006, 09:51:25 am »
I hear ya asy. I see an old farmstead in some remote seemingly unhospitable place and I wonder about the people who were tough enough to make it work. Same with the little church miles from nowhere. The stories would be fascinating.
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« Reply #25 on: May 01, 2006, 10:07:37 am »
I remember when I was a child that on one of the farms my grandfather owned there was a homestead that we called "The Shepherd's place" We used to go to it to gather up asparagus and concord grapes.

I never did know the story behind it - but for some reason it has stuck in my mind for all these years. I was seven the last time I went there.

So, how did I end up here anyway?

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« Reply #26 on: May 01, 2006, 08:18:53 pm »
I know what you mean.My Father use to say The Clark place,the Gordon place,The Martin place.Most of our land were old small farms.I can still find the old cellar holes.There were one old house still standing when I was growing up,long gone now.These people would come to my grandparents and ask them to buy the land.My Grandfather had a job at the local papermill when other people had no job.My Father can remember one family putting every they owned onto a hay wagon and left the hill.We had a schollhouse and a post office on top of the hill.Long gone now.At one time only one family lived here.Now there are 7 homes.We live at the beginning of a dead end road,so we get all the traffic going up and coming down.That's where a 500 foot driveways comes in handy.
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Re: Abandoned Homesteads
« Reply #27 on: May 01, 2006, 09:22:42 pm »
When we were kids, we went by 'Pringles' on the way to town. it had been a brick mansion at one time but was falling down. The fields were covered with saplings and it had a huge, falling down barn. being a dumb kid, I was exploring the barn one day and found a room built from stone. it was under the ramp that lead into the main doors above the animal pens. In it I found this:



Pretty cool. A beer bottle that had a cork stopper. The name was American Brewing and the ABC logo reminds me of Anhauser Busch.

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« Reply #28 on: May 02, 2006, 08:14:57 am »
Sometimes, I see an abandoned, old house, that seems to still have a little life in it--it hasn't gone so far to be a total goner.  There's been one of those I've watched for several years on my way to work.  A huge, old, beautiful home that I can see from the highway.  One day, last year, I suddenly saw that someone was putting siding up on it, and it now looks like one of the most amazing homes I've ever seen.  Somebody else musta been watchng it for years, and finally took the plunge.  It's nice when they get redeemed like that.  It'll be around for a long time now!   8) 8)
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« Reply #29 on: May 02, 2006, 09:24:10 am »
We lived for about 8 years in a home that once was the summer home of a mayor of Rochester NY. Very interesting place. Of course, the challenge with a really hold home is it just wants to go back to nature - lots of repairs, all the time, or so it seemed.

One of the really nice things in the house was that the front room had a floor with heating pipes through it. Early morning, with a cup of coffee in the winter was wonderful - you would find a hot spot and just enjoy!

So, how did I end up here anyway?

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« Reply #30 on: May 02, 2006, 11:20:01 am »
Not many abandoned homesteads around here, cause people buy them for a million $ and live in them. There are  some on USFS and BLM land which are historical and some even get restored to appear that they are still falling down. ??? Sometimes You will find parts of old barns and houses in what is now a 50 year old subdivision, but what you find most is old stamp mills and gold mines. You have to be real carefull when digging in these areas now there are lots of old and unstable exlposives.  :o

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« Reply #31 on: May 02, 2006, 12:32:20 pm »
Interesting thread, especially for those of us with a nostalgic turn-of-mind.  No abandoned homesteads around here, but there were a lot of abandoned houses in the '50s and '60s as farmers left the animal/human labor and turned to mechanical means.  Most of 'em were simple 4-6 room tenant houses built after the War of Northern Agression  :'( and on up thru the '40s.  At one time I counted up the ones my dad and I had torn down; could count at least 23.  All on property that we were renting and which belonged to someone else;  they were (mostly) falling down and the owner(s) wanted them gone.  People who had lived in them were families who worked the land on shares (sharecroppers); a system which was at the same time simpler and more complicated than has been portrayed by the media.  One of the houses predated the war and looked like the typical plantation house.  Owner said tear it down............never understood that; it had been his grandparents home.  Another was also an older/better house.  My wife and I lived in it for 7 years when we were first married; it was of post and beam construction.  All that's left of it is this peg which tied 2 timbers together.  I keep it in my office as a reminder of .........whatever.   
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« Reply #32 on: May 02, 2006, 01:58:05 pm »
what war was that???  :D

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« Reply #33 on: May 02, 2006, 02:02:07 pm »
We have an old farmstead known as the Ol Driskell place.  Ol (short for Oliver) was evidentally quite an ambitious fellow and built a nice two story house in the early 1900's.  There was a big barn,  grainery, blacksmith shop,  chicken house,  and a few other buildings.  All are still there and pretty much usable except for the barn which was removed for the materials.  The place is all timber now and you can only drive to the buildings when we are logging in that area and open up the roads.  There are still a few signs of rail fence that Ol built and there are tons and tons of rock piles where he icked rocks from his fields.

In the mid 50's ol was getting to where he couldn't keep his place up and they didn't have any children, so when a wealthy grain farmer from Iowa made him an offer on his place,  he sold it.  The new owner told Ol that he was welcome to live there as long as he wanted to and Ol accepted his offer.  That worked fine for a couple of years and then the new owner planted pines in all of the open fields and pastures :o  Ol had spent his entire life cleaning up those fields and cutting pine sprouts off of them >:(  The Driskells moved to town and died soon after.

The Iowa owner also began to feel his age and the trips to Mo.  became less enjoyable for him.  In 1969 Dad and I bought the Driskell place since it joined our place.

A couple of years ago when Whitepe and his lovely wife visited us,  we walked back to the old housesite.  There was what appeared to be some kind of a nest in the old farmyard and the carcass of a large buck was nearby.  The bones were cleaned,  but it hadn't been there long enough for mice to chewed the antlers.  It had me puzzeled.  There are sightings of big cats in the area and bears are seen from time to time.  The area didn't look right for that,  however.  

While cutting logs,  we have come across areas that has had the ground disturbed.  Looks like giant turkeys have worked the area over.  This has been going on for a couple of years and has been a mystery to us.

A couple of weeks ago a friend stopped and talked to my son Tom while he was loading logs near the highway.  He had just seen 6 or 8 hogs cross the highway about a mile south.  They were headed toward our sawmill so he drove in there to see if he could see them.  They went right by the mill (where BB Tom was camping at the time :o) and headed for the woods.  The next week Dad saw where they had been rooting close to his house which is about halfway between the mill and the Driskell house.  The next week,  Dad saw them just the other side of the Driskell place.  

I guess the old Driskell place isn't completely abandoned :D :D

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« Reply #34 on: May 02, 2006, 10:14:05 pm »
Den, that would have been the war mentioned earlier in my post................ smiley_old_guy
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« Reply #35 on: June 20, 2006, 07:02:41 pm »
Abandoned Homestead. The farm must have "gave out". Osceola county; 6/06.




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« Reply #36 on: June 20, 2006, 08:27:09 pm »
We have an Osceola County in Florida too.  It was named after Chief Osceola, a Seminole that raised a lot of cane around here for a while back in the Indian War.

I see that Michigan's Osceola County used to be Unwaltin, named for an Ottawa Chief up there.  I wonder why they decided to change the name?
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« Reply #37 on: June 21, 2006, 12:45:48 pm »
Osceola County was also named after Seminole Indian warrior, Chief Osceola, who fought the U.S. in the Second Seminole War in 1837. After defeating U.S. troops in several battles, he finally agreed to Gen.Thomas Jesupís request to meet under a flag of truce to discuss peace. But Jesup captured him there and imprisoned him at Fort Moultrie, SC, where he soon died. Due to Jesupís deception, Osceolaís name grew highly respected. Many towns and counties in the U.S. were named after Osceola as a protest.
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« Reply #38 on: July 01, 2006, 05:25:45 pm »
Abandoned Homestead. Another abandoned homestead a few miles north from the one pictured above. Also in Osceola County; 6/06. Mysteries of the past.


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« Reply #39 on: August 26, 2006, 06:14:28 pm »
Abandoned U.P. Homestead. Northwest of Bark River, MI


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