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Abandoned in the desert

Monday, July 07, 2014

While on our road trip out West we saw so many abandoned buildings. I mean, just tons of them! It was crazy, and it was so hard not to stop at every single one. We literally could have spent weeks hitting up every one. Here's a little bit of what we did stop and check out...
We actually started the trip with a ghost town in Utah. We arrived in Denver in the evening, drove into the night, and finally stopped to take a quick snooze in the middle of the night. We started driving again right before sunrise, at that time I checked the Roadside America app and discovered we were only 15 minutes away from a ghost town. It was the absolute perfect way to kick off the week. I sadly didn't really get too many photos I was super pleased with but the memory is so much more important than photos. Plus who knows, maybe the photos really aren't that bad but are kind of overshadowed by the photos I am really pleased with from the trip. That kind of thing seems to happen to me a lot which is why I really enjoy shooting film so I can't just delete the photos. I'm sure I'll end up eventually loving my ghost town photos.

The bus covered in graffiti was kind of a strange find. Driving to Colorado Springs, alongside the highway, we were spotting incredible building after incredible building that were just left to rot. The bus was the final straw, we hopped off the highway and went down a little side road to get to it. We were both exhausted and ready to get to the hotel room that we had booked for our last night but the bus had to be shot. As we approached I heard the strangest noise, like music was being played. The thing was though this bus is in the middle of nowhere. There is nothing around it, no other buildings, no people, nothing! I suspect it was the wind hitting something, like a jug, to create a whistling/humming noise. It was eerie, to say the least.

All of the photos above were taken with a pentax k1000 and Fujifilm 35mm Superia X-TRA 400.

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18 thoughts

  1. all you need are zombies in those abandoned building and you have a movie ready

  2. nice find! i escpecially like the gas station/café :)

  3. abandoned buildings are fascinating

  4. Oh gosh, I knew exactly where you were from the first pic, my family loves Utah and we've poked around there a time or too. Those houses are just too creepy!

    1. The first picture is in Arizona, not Utah.

  5. These photographs are amazing!
    I can't wait for the chance to finally get my license and just travel away from the city. I live in NYC and I would love to head out and just experience a new outlook like this.


  6. Ooo, great photos. It's hard not to smile at a smiling building even though it's sad and fascinating to think of so many empty, unused spaces. I hope there was a ghost party by the eerie bus.

  7. Oh, the teddy on the chair made me so sad!

  8. I love abandoned places so much! Especially old, abandoned gas stations. That's super creepy about the weird music-like sound you heard!

  9. This is so cool! Crazy to think places like this exist!

  10. That cafe sign is amazing. And the face! I'm obsessed with this road trip (!).

  11. That's cool and spooky. I wouldn't want to be there at night.

  12. Wow - really digging the cafe and graffiti-ed bus (though your story does sound eerie)! One of the trails near here (Tiger Mountain, in the Seattle area) is called Bus Trail because there's an abandoned bus skeleton on the side of it. I've been by it a few times but have no idea how it got there.

  13. Nooo way That's amazing
    I love the idea of there being a load of abandoned stuff out there waiting to be found xxx

  14. Awesome! I have to travel to see more abandoned places, we don't have much in Finland. But I just love them, they are so filled with stories.

  15. I'm loving all the photos you took on the trip. I think the third from the top is my absolute fave!

  16. I can't believe I've never noticed that bus on any of my treks back and forth between Denver and the Springs! There's all kinds of abandoned goodness on that drive though. If you ever make it out this way again, you'll have to spend some time up in the mountains. There are dozens of ghost towns including an entire city that was vacated in the 80's (google Gilman, Colorado, you'll love it).


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