Abandoned Buildings and Stuff
Abandoned buildings were an unheard of thing in the area I grew up in.
On a family vacation to the Midwest we went through areas where
abandoned buildings were often passed. I could not believe it. But,
As a boy looking over old junk cars, equipment and machinery made my
day. Add buildings, or anything else of interest to it and we might end up
with a lens.
Now by choice I live in such an area. One of my joys is driving down
old back roads looking at all the "good old abandoned stuff". Why,
some of it has been more abandoned that others. And it needs my
It is my hope that this lens will give me an excuse to hunt up more
abandoned "stuff" to share with you. And that it might give you a
few minutes of enjoyment, plus reason to thank God for what he has
allowed you to have.
AROUND THE COUNTRY - MISC. OLD STUFFClick thumbnail to view full-size
MORE OLD BUILDINGS & STUFF - STILL LOOKINGClick thumbnail to view full-size
NO. That is not an abandoned building. It is abandoned "stuff".
That pile of "stuff" in the right center background is a pile of chat.
In this case, toxic metal contaminated mine trailings. And of course
the concrete pilers in the foreground are part of the old mining
This is just south of Picher, Oklahoma on hwy. 69. This image was
taken in about 2002. Since then, Picher has become a Ghost Town.
In 2000 Picher had a population of 1,640. But by 2010 it had dropped
Picher was a center for mining lead and zinc. This underground mining
went on for over one hundred years. But after about one third of the
children in Picher were found with lead poisoning and there begin to be
problems with mine cave ins, the Environmental Protection Agency
forced a mandatory evacuation and buyout.
Picher was one quaint town that I loved to ride through. It took you back
many years in time, in your mind. On your computer pull up a Google
map of Picher. All those small white mountains in the area you see are
piles of this contaminated chat.
That is Mayfield, Arkansas.
Mayfield is an unincorporated community in Washington County Arkansas.
Mayfield is located at the intersection of hwy. 303 and hwy. 45.
I tried in vain to find the population of Mayfield. But I know it has one. I
ride or drive through Mayfield from two to ten times a week. And I see
scattered houses and farms. So, it must have a population.
But the image is the entire business district of Mayfield, Arkansas.
See why it is such a lovable town.
If I have to live in town - that's my kind.
ONE MILE TOO MANY
Found this old wagon down at Fort Rock Christian Family Camp
in Brashears, Arkansas.
You might offer your help in restoring it.
Photo courtesy of www.bigfoto.com
I have always enjoyed seeing abandoned
buildings. Why? I do not know. Probably
because there were none in the area I
grew up in. And it is obvious that someone
needs to explore them. "Me".
However, abandoned people, or being
abandoned is something else. Life has
a way of being harsh. Often we feel left
out or abandoned - even when not.
I often feel left out when it comes to
people. We are walking two different
roads. I do not want to share in the
end result of their life.
But in over fifty some years of walking
or living with God, He has never
"For God has said, 'I will never leave you;
I will never abandon you.'"
- Hebrews 13:5 (GNB)
If you will go with God, you will never be
"There you will look for the LORD
your God,and if you search for
him with all your heart, you will
find him. When you are in trouble
and all those things happen to
you, then you will finally turn to
the LORD and obey him. He is a
merciful God, He will not abandon
you or destroy you, and he will
not forget the covenant that he
himself made with your ancestors."
(Deuteronomy 4:29-31 GNT)— God
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