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Hearthstone Castle in Danbury, Connecticut

We’re flat-out addicted to the allure of abandoned places. So we’ve sent Liz on a mission to hop alphabetically from state-to-state exploring bygone structures steeped in history and mystery. This week, she’s made the snowy trek to Danbury, Connecticut to check out the 1895 Hearthstone Castle. Photo above courtesy of So Where to Next.   Fancy a fixer-upper, anyone? The Hearthstone Castle, located in Danbury, Connecticut, is an historic house hunters dream. With sweeping views of the valley below, an expansive property featuring a gold fish pond and a caretaker’s cottage, the castle could fetch a hefty price tag and attract many potential buyers, were it not in its current state of abandonment.   var OB_platformType=3; var

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Disappointment Valley’s Last Remaining Pioneer Cabin

Photo courtesy of The Denver Post.   We’re flat-out addicted to the allure of abandoned places. So we’ve sent Liz on a mission to hop alphabetically from state-to-state exploring bygone structures steeped in history and mystery. This week, we’re exploring the Lizzy Knight Cabin in — yes, this an actual place name — Disappointment Valley, Colorado!   I had off from work for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and found myself with the luxury of being able to flip through TV channels on a Monday afternoon. I smiled upon finding Little House on a Prairie; the books, on which the show is based, were a favorite of mine growing up. I used to dream of being a pioneer, traveling across the plains in my covered wagon on my way to a newly-constructed, snug log cabin in the woods.

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The Redman-Hirahara House: California’s Queen Anne Curiousity

Photo courtesy of gatesofmemphis.   We’re flat-out addicted to the allure of abandoned places. So we’ve sent Liz on a mission to hop alphabetically from state-to-state exploring bygone structures steeped in history and mystery. The Polar Vortex has taken over our part of the country, so we’ve headed west to explore a wonderful old Victorian in the great state of California.   Queen Anne style homes, those typically referred to as “Victorians,” are loved throughout America for their steeply pointed gabled roofs, wrap-around porches, ornate shingles that often resemble fish scales, large bay windows, and intricate millwork. Many of these homes fetch high real estate prices for their sought-after architectural qualities and stately presence on oft-tree lined, historical streets.   The Redman-Hirahara House is everything you could wish for in a classic Queen Anne — it features a rounded corner

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Hester-Lenz: Arkansas’s Original Dog-Trot House!

Photo courtesy of Abandoned Arkansas.   We’re flat-out addicted to the allure of abandoned places. So we’ve sent Liz on a mission to hop alphabetically from state-to-state exploring bygone structures steeped in history and mystery. Today, she’s paying a visit to the great state of Arkansas!   Dream of restoring an abandoned home? The Hester-Lenz house, a vacant home in Benton, Arkansas, would provide the right person the opportunity to rehabilitate an exceptional example of rural, Antebellum architecture and folklore! Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Hester-Lenz house was constructed on land which was once the Southwest Trail — a route utilized by pioneers traveling westward to Texas during the nineteenth century. James Hester purchased the land from the U.S. Government in 1836 and in 1837, Thomas Rowland constructed a two-story log cabin in a

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Santa Claus, Arizona: Kriskringle Rum Pie For Everyone!

We’re flat-out addicted to the allure of abandoned places. So we’ve sent Liz on a mission to hop alphabetically from state-to-state exploring bygone structures steeped in history and mystery. ‘Tis the season to visit Santa Claus, Arizona!   In the spirit of the holiday season, the States of Ruin column traveled to Santa Claus, an abandoned, approximately four-acre Christmas-themed town located in the Mohave Desert in Arizona. Santa Claus originated in 1937, when a California real estate developer, Nina Talbot, purchased the land and incorporated the small town, hoping to sell off parcels of land to subdivide and build homes on. Talbot believed a Christmas-themed town would be a lucrative idea to attract potential residents to her land office. Talbot’s elaborate scheme included the construction of an inn, originally named Kit Carson’s Guest House, a U.S

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King Island: Alaska’s Ghost Village

King Island in the Bering Sea. Photo by Loren Holmes/Alaska Dispatch.   We’re flat-out addicted to the allure of abandoned places. So we’ve sent Liz on a mission to hop alphabetically from state-to-state exploring bygone structures steeped in history and mystery. It was a long, cold swim, but she finally made it to Alaska!   Once uncharted territory and reserved for only those residents whose generations before them had braved the harsh winters, America’s forty-ninth state, Alaska, has become a pop-culture phenomenon. Television programs such as Deadliest Catch, Selling Alaska and Gold Rush now make stars out of anyone who can catch a king crab, run a backhoe to dig for gold, or purchase a log home in the wilderness. Of course, for centuries before this, native Alaskans called these snow-covered mountains and valleys home. To them, Alaska

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The Most Photographed Abandoned Post Office in America

The US Post Office & General Store in Sprott, Alabama. Courtesy of Rural Southwest Alabama.   We’re flat-out addicted to the allure of abandoned places. So we’ve sent Liz on a mission to hop alphabetically from state-to-state exploring bygone structures steeped in history and mystery. First up: Alabama!   A one-story clapboard building stands at a dusty, deserted intersection in Sprott, Alabama. The present-day exterior features unfinished wood clapboards painted white. Shutters once pinned back to allow light inward are tightly closed. The metal sheathing on the porch roof is starting to deteriorate and the wooden porch floor could no longer withstand a crowd seeking shelter from the hot Alabama sun.   What I love most about abandoned buildings and properties are the stories they tell. Faded store signs hanging by threads on the front of rural buildings have been

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