Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Ghost Town?

"You're going to be disappointed", Jim said to us.

Jason and I were pretty adamant about visiting a ghost town we'd recently read about on the Internet. Supposedly, a town not too terribly far away had been abandoned for quite some time and had a pretty fair share of abandoned buildings. It sounded like a great idea for a day long road trip. Jim had been there before, though, and he said the trip wasn't worth it. We were determined to prove him wrong.

It took a while for us to get out there, and we stopped for lunch just a few miles from the old town, which looked like a smudge on the map. The locals at the nearby Burger King knew a little bit about the place. One old timer said that there had been a small airport connected to the place back in World War II and when that went under, it took much of the town with it.

We initially passed the place up. Had Jason not noticed the abandoned gas station at the turn off, we would have missed the entire place. Turns out that this supposed ghost town was still very much alive. Sure, it had become a tiny farming hamlet, but the town boasted a few nice houses attached to some farms as well as a newly built church. The Internet had lied to us! What's worse, we'd have to tell Jim that he was right.

It wasn't a total loss, though. We did get to explore an old gas station and an old mercantile building. The buildings were pretty well destroyed, though. Thankfully, neither of us stepped on any nails in the process. Some pictures are included below.

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