Abandoned

While few locations are ever truly abandoned, this status indicates that the property is not currently occupied or receiving much in the way of upkeep or maintenance.

Pruce's Motor Inn


I cannot count the number of years, let alone the number of individual times, that I've passed this location and thought to myself, "I really should stop there at some point and have a look around".  Finally, I took the opportunity to do so on the long weekend of September.

CFS Armstrong


After a 13-year gap, I revisited this former Cold War radar station to see what's changed. This place is particularly interesting for me for two reasons. First, my father was stationed here when he served with the RCAF. Second, this was probably the exploration that got me hooked on the whole hobby and pulled me in.

Whitefish House

When I first found this house a week ago, I was actually hunting for the remains of a power dam.  I made note of the house and decided that on the next opportunity, I would come back and take a closer look.

You can see the place has been completely cleaned out.  Not a single belonging left behind.  I know nothing of the history of the place, but it's obvious that the people who moved from here had ample time and planned to leave.

Prairie Lodge Motel and Nearby Garage

With free time from a conference, and a rental car at my disposal, my tour of rural Colorado continued.  The intersection of a small, almost ghost town, just off the highway immediately showed me an interesting little gas station.  It was a call-back to the days when you get your car fixed at most gas stations, and everything was about service.  Days long gone.

Across the road, I spotted a sign that caught my interest... A motel!  Excellent!

Washagami House 2

History: 

The best information that I've been able to obtain is that this was once a pheasant farm, and that the owner has passed away.

Personal Commentary: 

This was the primary target for the day, and I have to give a big shout-out to my coworker Al for tipping me off about this place.

Washagami House 1

This was a surprise.

We were in the midst of a 40-minute hike to find another location. As sometimes happens when walking significant distances, your eyes wander to the ground, and your mind wanders away. Suddenly, I looked up and there it was sitting just off the side of our path.

I love when this happens.

Hagar House

While looking over the route to another location I wanted to check out today, I happened to scroll past this place on Google Earth. I went back and scrolled in closer. It didn't appear there had been activity on they very long driveway in quite some time. Perhaps it would be worth a stop.

On this beautiful sunny Saturday, with Max the Exploring Husky tagging along, we walked down that very long driveway, well overgrown, and arrived at the place you see here.

I love these chance encounters.

Roggen House

This was an unexpected and welcome find along the way. It was as though the UE Gods were attempting to make it up to me that they had thrown a record-breaking blizzard at me to thwart my plans. It wasn't what I'd hoped for, but it was something.

The storm cellar was of particular interest, not to mention the fact that this was the first time I had seen honest-to-goodness tumbleweeds in my whole life...

Byers House

Weather had played against me and deprived me of my primary target. I will, no doubt, be coming back to this state. While driving away, and metaphorically licking my wounds, I spotted this place not far from the road and went for a closer look. With the weather preparing to take another swipe at me, I decided to stop and take a look around.