Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Local Ghost Town

This afternoon I drove 45 minutes to the church we used to attend to help a crew of several people with some small projects.  All this week, whoever is able to help out is going to be doing small projects for the elderly in the community.  Today, seven of us cleared an empty lot of fallen tree limbs for a lady in the church.  The work went quickly and took less than an hour and a half to complete.  We left a huge pile of tree limbs at the curb for the city to pick up.   We were fortunate to have lots of shade on the lot so no one got overheated as it was in the mid-nineties with very high humidity.  Tomorrow, Country Boy will be installing a ceiling fan with a remote for an elderly lady and I'm not sure what else is on the agenda.  This is an unusual sort of missions project for us as we normally travel to Honduras and/or Nicaragua for a week and build a church for a tiny village out in the middle of nowhere.  Where we have to get our drinking water from the river.  The river that we bathe in.  The river where the locals wash their clothes.  And the facilities, oh, never mind!  TMI!  Let me just say, I took my own porta-potty every year!  We have not gone on a mission trip the last two years so it feels good to be helping someone out again! 

On my way home, I stopped at a very small town who's local main street is pretty much a ghost town.  The following images are unusual for me but I enjoyed walking around this once populated main street trying to imagine what types of stores occupied these now empty buildings.

























Not one storefront is occupied.  It's really sad to see the small stores no longer in business.  These buildings have been empty for as long as we've lived in the country and that will be seven years in July.  If I had money I would revive these storefronts and bring the small businesses and the main streets back.  If only...

On the corner of the street was an old gas station.























That even had an old pump for kerosene.



Ah, the good ol' days!

This pump would look great in a rustic, cottage style garden, don'tcha think?  What would you do with this pump?

Till next time,



9 comments:

texwisgirl said...

i'll let you keep the pump - i've got enough stuff to mow around here... ha!

the old abandoned buildings are interesting, but yes, rather sad. the 2nd one looks like a feed store i used to go to here! :)

Marissa ♥ said...

So good of you and Country Boy to be helping out like that. It just feels good to lend a helping hand, doesn't it? :)

The old town is very interesting. I always see old buildings and wonder what the story is behind them.
Thanks for taking us along!

Mama Shutta'Bug said...

Wow....they've boarded up the gas station since I photographed it a couple of months ago! I love my photos from there .... makes me want to find more deserted buildings to photograph, but then again it is rather sad to see them standing empty and unused.

wayside wanderer said...

Great pictures, even though they are kind of sad thinking about what once was. I am copying your taco seasoning recipe! I really like the idea of making my own.

Samantha said...

Excellent photos..and what a great spot for a horror movie.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

I was going to say, I'm surprised someone hasn't picked that up. I'm like T -- I have so much stuff here as it is, but this looks like something my hubs would bring home. Oy! :)

Prairiemaid said...

Love the pictures...time gone by..

You and your husband are doing an awesome work for the LORD.

I am newest follower.

Blessings,
Cheryl

jrmom said...

These are fabulous pics. I can picture the 'old timers' leaning against the wall of the gas station chatting for hours. I don't know if you noticed but in the third picture there's a "face" in the upper right corner of the door on the left. I saw it immediately. Thanks for sharing this wonderful little town.

BellaVida said...

these photos are fantastic. I love the contrast of the growing green against the decaying buildings. Just fantastic. I really enjoyed this post.

Bella Vida by Letty
Have a great day.

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