B R O K E
N A L L E Y
Every path serves a purpose --Gene Oliver
'Broken Alley', Oskaloosa, Iowa
photographed by: casper
Once again my girl Casper brings us a tale of
exploration into the forgotten corners of Iowa; here, she tells us of
her abandoned find in her own words...
"This place is located just
outside of Oskaloosa, Iowa, on the Northern side of town. My husband
and I pass it all the time, but never really knew what was back there.
Itís right next to the river and it is gated off. We finally decided
to stop down there and check it out after a full day of abandoned
When we walked around the gate *yes
there is a gate but no fence to keep people out*, there was this
little brick building. Tiny it was and nothing inside. My husband
barely fit in there. What it was to, we donít know.
Everything just put me in awe.
Shack like houses, a house trailer we couldnít get into. The door
was locked and when we pulled on the door the outside wall looked
like it was going to pull off any second!
There were dog houses outside, a tree
house over looking the river, lots of brick foundations and a very
beautiful barn. In fact, the barn seemed to be the only thing that was
put together well enough and it stood almost majestic in the sunlight
that was creeping through the barren trees...
The basketball hoop that was built
onto the barn had a tree growing right through it, and right inside
the barn was farmer coveralls, ready to be worn by the workers.
But workers for what? No one really
knows. Itís been abandoned for so long. Maybe it had something to do
with hunters, or fisherman, or miners? Everyone I have asked either
didnít know that it was there, or donít know any information on
it. We didnít find anything there to tell us what it was for. No
signs or paperwork. Just a bunch of things left behind by whoever was
there in the past..." --Casper
And a great big THANKS
to my friend Cas & company for sharing this peek into their
abandoned Iowa explorations once again... *hugs!*
you have any
background information or stories to tell about this abandoned
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