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Broken Alley, Oskaloosa, Iowa

'Broken Alley', Oskaloosa, Iowa

explored & 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 hunting...

Broken Alley, Oskaloosa, Iowa

Broken Alley, Oskaloosa, Iowa

Broken Alley, Oskaloosa, Iowa

Broken Alley, Oskaloosa, Iowa

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.

Broken Alley, Oskaloosa, Iowa

Broken Alley, Oskaloosa, Iowa

Broken Alley, Oskaloosa, Iowa

Broken Alley, Oskaloosa, Iowa

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! 

Broken Alley, Oskaloosa, Iowa

Broken Alley, Oskaloosa, Iowa

Broken Alley, Oskaloosa, Iowa

Broken Alley, Oskaloosa, Iowa

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...

Broken Alley, Oskaloosa, Iowa

Broken Alley, Oskaloosa, Iowa

Broken Alley, Oskaloosa, Iowa

Broken Alley, Oskaloosa, Iowa

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.

Broken Alley, Oskaloosa, Iowa

Broken Alley, Oskaloosa, Iowa

Broken Alley, Oskaloosa, Iowa

Broken Alley, Oskaloosa, Iowa)

Broken Alley, Oskaloosa, Iowa

Broken Alley, Oskaloosa, Iowa

Broken Alley, Oskaloosa, Iowa

Broken Alley, Oskaloosa, Iowa

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!*

 

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