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Abandoned Places – East Lancaster “Dead Farms” (2008) – Part 1 [Mar. 28th, 2012|07:42 am]
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Here’s a blast from the past. In April 2008, I did several wanders into the desert around Lancaster with my kids. I recently recovered these images from a storage drive that failed.

These would be some of my last Southern California explorations before moving to the wilds of Northern Alabama. We explored 3 sites on this trip before the winds came up so strongly that they created a dust storm. The houses were all within sight of each other but not part of the same farm. In each case, they appear to have been departed in haste (foreclosed).





Different house






As seen above, the first house was surrounded by various out buildings for livestock and storage. Some withstood the test of time while others were being rapidly pulled apart by the winds and sand.


Coming around the back of the first house, I noticed this near the back porch (dog tie-down stake)


As I approached the fornt of the house where my kids were waiting, I discovered the dogs had never left the property and sadly never would again. Three adults dogs lay recently dead, poisoned, in a loose semi-circle. I discovered dog food cans, a large bag of food and rat-poison close by. I won’t speculate on the why, just that they were gone.




Doggie downers


If the dead dogs weren’t enough, this practically broke my heart. A resident of the household left this stuffed fuzzy by the front door.


The front room of the first house looked like it had been hit by a hurricane. Boxes and personal things were scattered. This Sunday paper caught my eye. Remember this trip was in Apr 2008.


Remains of an organ






Raising cattle








At the second house we found many similar sights. The former residents here were also pushed out quickly but in their case, they left books


Personalized name plate on one (name obscured)

More to come – part 2 next week

On a side note, for the third consecutive year, I will be presenting a forum on abandoned site photography at Frolicon (www.frolicon.com) in Atlanta, GA. The presentation is Saturday April 7th. I strongly encourage (adults) to come out to the con.
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[User Picture]From: hey_spectrum
2012-03-28 04:58 pm (UTC)

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very very eerie about the dogs :(
[User Picture]From: jj_maccrimmon
2012-03-28 05:59 pm (UTC)

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I found it sad that the people couldn't take them or could find anyone to take them. From the books, I found names of the former resident and a subsequent search on-line noted they lived in low income housing in Lancaster. They must have lost the place to eviction or some cost of living thing and couldn't take things or pets with them.
From: (Anonymous)
2012-04-23 05:28 am (UTC)

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did you go all alone ? any safety measures ? like a gun with you or something. i am planning such a trip next to next week. what would you suggest ? navderm@gmail.com
From: (Anonymous)
2012-04-27 02:48 am (UTC)

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No excuse for the dog tragedy. We all have relatives, and the pets forum on craigslist and other such sites make it easier in this day and age than ever before to rehome a beloved pet. Pets deseve so much better than heartless, irresponsible people like this for owners. What a cruel, crappy world it is...
From: (Anonymous)
2012-05-26 09:31 pm (UTC)

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These sites look fascinating - thank you for posting these photos. My wife and I live nearby, in Canyon Country, and love to visit derelict places. Could you offer any directions? Thank you!
From: (Anonymous)
2012-10-16 09:09 pm (UTC)

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Where in Lancaster was this?
[User Picture]From: jj_maccrimmon
2012-10-16 10:44 pm (UTC)

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No... Sorry, but I don't give locations to people in open forums. I especially don't give them to anonymous commenters. That said, I've been gone from SoCal for over four years. I doubt seriously this place is still standing.

Edited at 2013-01-06 02:28 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
2013-01-05 07:38 pm (UTC)

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That's just GAY. Why won't you give locations? Afraid someone mih
[User Picture]From: jj_maccrimmon
2013-01-06 02:35 pm (UTC)

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No, it's not gay... Its a matter of protecting the site from scrappers who'd rip out the walls to pick clean any salvageable metal. It's about protecting it from the taggers who will blanket the place in gang graffiti. It's a matter of protecting it from the developers who'll happily burn the place to the ground in order to lower the property value so they can buy the place cheap. It's also a matter of my personal liability, because if I give out a location and someone goes there and gets hurt, I don't want that person coming back trying to sue.

Abandoned site hunting is a personal experience. It's a matter of getting out the door without a gun or paint can and wandering the region. More than half the fun is discovering a place yourself.
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