Backroads Abandoned I

by Francis Parker December. 29, 2019 125 views

I really enjoy driving the backroads looking for old buildings. Unfortunately, every year more and more are either taken down or lost to weather and decay.

Each one leaves you wondering the stories behind them and the families that grew up there. Some are pretty basic while others would have be quite grand in their time.

What was left of the old Otter School, not far from where I live. Shortly after we moved to the area I took this picture. Early in the next year I decided to go back and try to get a better shot. Unfortunately the farmer whose land it was on had knocked it down and it was replaced with a marker.

What was left of the old Otter School, not far from where I live. Shortly after we moved to the area I took this picture. Early in the next year I decided to go back and try to get a better shot. Unfortunately the farmer whose land it was on had knocked it down and it was replaced with a marker.

I found this gem at the end of a long day of driving backroads. I had hoped to reshoot it but my camera at the time didn't have GPS tagging and although it should be within an hour of home, I have not been able to locate it again. it is possible it was torn down.

I found this gem at the end of a long day of driving backroads. I had hoped to reshoot it but my camera at the time didn't have GPS tagging and although it should be within an hour of home, I have not been able to locate it again. it is possible it was torn down.

A real beauty! I don't know the history of this one, but looks to be an exact copy of what was know as a Sears Mail Order House. In the early 1900s, you could order a complete house delivered by railcar. it contained all the materials and plans to build your house...right down to the nails.

A real beauty! I don't know the history of this one, but looks to be an exact copy of what was know as a Sears Mail Order House. In the early 1900s, you could order a complete house delivered by railcar. it contained all the materials and plans to build your house...right down to the nails.

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Diana Varey 1 month, 1 week ago

Fantastic photos. Love all of them but especially the third one. Nicely done.

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Francis Parker Replied to Diana Varey 1 month, 1 week ago

Thanks so much Diana. The third one is a favourite as well, I have shot this place a couple of times and each time feels different. We are lucky it still stands and hasn't been vandalized. Hoping to run into thee property owner one day and get the story behind it.

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Sherry Hill 1 month, 2 weeks ago

these are stunning.. i love this type of photography.. it's so moody..

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Francis Parker Replied to Sherry Hill 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your nice comment and taking the time to look.

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Bethany Plonski 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Fantastic photos of such interesting subjects. I remember making my first Christmas lists from the old Sears Catalogs but never knew about mail order houses! Enjoyed this post.

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Francis Parker Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much for the comment.  I only recently found out about the mail order houses. There are samples of the houses around on different sites.

On the Sears Wishbook, there is a site that has copies in PDF of the Wishbook from 1942 to 1989. I actually found a number of things I received for Christmas. I'll try and put the link here at the end. It is slow paging but interesting to look though. I think it is a mixture of U.S. and Canadian books.
http://www.wishbookweb.com/the-catalogs/

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Francis Parker 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Wow! Thank you so much for the link, I'm interested to check them out.

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Berckmans Peter 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Nice edit one this one. Here these houses nor survive, they take them down very fast

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Francis Parker Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Thanks.  It is unfortunate to lose so many of these places.

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