Sunday Stills: Dilapidated, desolate places and things

Maybe it’s only me, but I seem to see a lot of news stories about bad things happening to people in cities recently.  Like the street crime in Chicago and New York City; homeless drug addicts attacking walkers on Venice Beach in California; and AntiFa attacking drivers stopped at traffic lights in Portland, Oregon.

Aside from all that, you sometimes see dilapidated or abandoned buildings in your travels around.  About two miles from my house, there is a large plot of vacant land, flooded and filled with dead trees and other plants.  I cannot figure out what the history of that lot is, but whenever I go by, it just screams “desolate” to me.

This old barn is in the tiny town of Duvall.


It must have been beautiful before it fell into ruin.  That’s a building that I’d like to know its history.

Intake Center ruins, Minidoka Concentration Camp, Idaho

This is one ruin that I am glad is dilapidated.  This was the “Intake Center” at the Minidoka concentration camp in Idaho.  During World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt (D), imprisoned thousands of law-abiding Japanese-Americans.  They were forcibly pulled from their homes and businesses, and crowded into what was described as an “internment center”, but was a genuine concentration camp.  These Japanese-Americans lost all of their property, homes, businesses, and livelihoods.  The only thing missing was the death-chambers, although many died here.  This is one horror of war that must never be forgotten.


This was once a pier on Puget Sound, but it’s mostly dilapidated and worm-eaten posts now.  Even so, they have their own kind of beauty.

Hippodrome, Herod's Palace on the Mediterranean

These are beautiful ruins of the Hippodrome at King Herod’s Palace on the Mediterranean in Israel.  Chariot races and other contests were held here.

These lovely ruins are the Abbey at Bury St. Edmunds in Cambridgeshire, England.  See the person for scale in the left-hand photo.  On the right, you can see modern-day ingenuity, effectively using the ruins of the 11th-Century walls to house people today.  I spent three weeks in the summer of 1991 on a UCLA summer program.

Here’s the link to Terri’s original post for this week.

4 thoughts on “Sunday Stills: Dilapidated, desolate places and things

  1. Pingback: Sunday Stills: The #Dilapidated State of Things – Second Wind Leisure Perspectives

  2. Great choices for this week. That barn is pretty cool, and it would be neat to hear the story. I had heard about the internment centers but didn’t know there was one in idaho.

    1. You are not the first to say you have not heard of Minidoka. I will do a separate post about it. This is an important part of American history that must never be forgotten.

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