Day 28: Forgotten America

Kansas is not unique in that it has many abandoned properties. As I said in an earlier post Wes loves finding abandoned structures to photograph. This past weekend we took a road trip and ended up using some of the smaller country highways rather than the interstate.  We found this house just outside of Overbrook, Kansas.

I questioned Wes about his love for these kinds of photographs and he started talking about how it fascinates him that these beautiful houses and barns that were built by communities of people, possibly a few hundred years ago, now stand empty and forgotten. Did someone die without heirs or a will? Did someone lose the house? Could someone not keep up with the maintenance of an old house? What becomes of these houses and barns?

I’m adding this one to our growing collection, and hope to dedicate one of the huge walls in hour house to a gallery of these breathtaking pictures.

Photo taken by Wes, October 2011 outside of Overbrook, Kansas.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kippi
    Oct 28, 2011 @ 13:55:43

    I have often wondered that same exact thing. Who owns the land now? Why would they just leave it? Do they even know they own it?

    Love the idea of having a grouping of these photos.

    Reply

    • thestashbuckler
      Oct 28, 2011 @ 17:45:35

      We have a whole slew. I have at least a dozen in my photos and he says he has more in his old photos. We have an ENORMOUS dining room wall – two stories basically. I want to do a whole set in black picture frames.

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