April152014

Just some edits I’ve done over the months.

 Critique, comments, and constructive criticism is welcome.

April132014
April12014

Beaver Elementary School- Beaver, IA

After the spring warmth comes and melts away the snow, but before the weeds can plant their roots and the shrubs fill their twigs with foliage, this three story school house bares all. 

What was once a bustling school in rural Boone county, now stands only as a dilapidated reminder of its former life. Classrooms now lie in a pile of rubble in the basement; shards of blackboards litter the lowest floor.

March302014

Cambria Consolidated School- Cambria, IA

To say Cambria is a disincorporated town would be an incorrect statement; the tiny rural community never technically incorporated, inspite of this, Cambria has existed since 1849- just three years after the state of Iowa became established. 

One can imagine that Cambria is a pretty unremarkable, small town. Calling it quaint would be giving it a little too much credit. Within the city limits of Cambria, however, is a fine example of a common school house during the early to mid 20th century. Opened in 1923, Cambria Consolidated School is still in remarkable shape- signs of continued maintenance and upkeep are apparent, but the creeping signs of decay are becoming more and more prevalent; cracks int he foundation, crumbling sidewalks and stairs, a slowly rusting and failing fire escape, the school bell which once signaled the beginning and end of the school day dangles precariously by its wiring out of the brick masonry.

More info check out the Wayne county website:
http://www.waynecountyiowa.com/Villages/VillagesofWayneCountyIowa.asp
March272014

sparrowsdarling said: The stone bridge in Boone that you posted is where my friend killed himself.

My condolences. I am sorry to hear that.

10PM
CNW Stone Arch Bridge- Boone, IA

Rows of headstones and memorial plaques line the several acre Linwood Cemetary in Boone, The remains of past residents buried ceremoniously six feet under the surface. Little do the funeral processions, wandering grievers, and gravediggers realize that the sacred ground is also home to the remains of a very unique former railroad bridge. Built in 1881, the bridge arched over Honey Creek and provided the support necessary for the famous Boone locomotives as they passed over. 

The railroad was part of the now defunct Chicago North West Transportation Company; one of the most successful and, as a result of mergers and buy outs, became one of the longest railroads in the US.

Now, the arch still remains standing strong. A culvert, under the berm the arch was constructed next to, now channels water into the local Honey Creek. Evidence of civilization still remain in on the non-cemetery side of the bridge. A partially submerged, but largely intact, water pipe snakes out from under the bridge and into the bank on the other side of the stream. 

Sources and more info found here:
"Chicago & North Western 1385". midcontinent.org. Retrieved 2007-09-10.

http://bridgehunter.com/ia/boone/bh55907/

— in Boone, IA.

9PM

s0cialanxiety said: Thanks so much! What bridges would you recommend me searching out? Well than how about just some buildings pretty close to the Des Moines area that not too many people know about? Because I wouldn't want to run into any people. I'll be wary of police haha..(:

I use the website Bridgehunter.com to find abandoned bridges. Its an awesome resource and has each state broken up by county. I highly recommend it.

March262014

s0cialanxiety said: You live in Iowa? I've been wanting to go look around the abandoned buildings! Do you know any places in Des Moines that are easily accessible? :D

Easily accesible? Well, most places in the Des Moines area have been sealed up pretty tight (see wallace elementary) however, bridges are usually always on public county/city roads and can legally be accessed. Theres one big place that Ive always wanted to explore, but the population of homeless plus police presence keep me from doing so.

March242014

sarahhobart said: Have you been to Derby? The former, pseudo-famous Derby Cafe stands empty, as does the old opera house and a service station.

I havent! But its not too far away from where I live sooo maybe this weekend ill make the trip!

March232014

Wallace Elementary School
Des Moines, IA

Attention students; please open your textbooks and read the chapters concerning dilapidation, graffiti and urban decay please.

Capitol Park High School opened its doors to the first class of students in 1890. The original form of the school has since been drastically altered since the first bell rang- a wing to the North no longer exists while a more modern addition currently jets out from the West end of the building. 

It wouldn’t until some 50 years later that the modest urban school would be renamed Wallace Elementary; named after President Woodrow Wilson’s secretary of Agriculture Henry Wallace.

In its present, less-than-noble form, Wallace is boarded up. Its windows and doors tightly fastened and covered with makeshift “no trespassing” messages. The plastic marquee still holds a somber farewell to the the once bustling school.

Sources and more info on Des Moines public school history:

http://www.dmschools.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/dmpshistory.pdf

http://www.dmschools.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/centennialhistorydale.pdf