Out with the old and in with the new. Life is moving fast and furious with technology screaming ahead. With the world becoming smaller it’s also easier to work from home or move across the country and leave everything behind. Abandoned places and old buildings tell a story of a different time. Decayed and left without the light of human life to keep them working, these places are being reclaimed by nature…and it’s both sad and beautiful.
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1. Country Beauty
Mendocino County is where you'll find this tiny beauty, shyly sinking into the land it's been sitting on for years. The photographer got a great shot of this one with flowers all abloom.
2. Industry Gone
Anderson is the home of this abandoned TeePee Woodchip burner, used back in the day when the logging industry in these parts was booming. The logging industry has been around here for over 130 years. Sadly, lots of mills have closed up and down the state.
3. Once a Freeway
Is there anything sadder than an old freeway onramp left to be destroyed by years and nature? It gives us an eerie feeling. Who is missing this part of our infrastructure? Why did it stop doing its job?
4. Old Rusted Cars
The old ghost town of Bodie is where you can find this gem. I'm sure a lot of guys would know exactly what the make and model is on this rusted beauty. Let us know in the comments.
5. Abandoned House
You can find this empty house near Moss Beach. Not sure there's a better place for this home to die than along the lovely coastline. Whoever owns this place is missing out on some gorgeous views. So sad.
6. Noah's Ark?
We had no idea Noah landed here. This is the shell of an old fishing boat has been left to be reclaimed by nature in Point Reyes. The irony is this: the company who bought the land specialize in wetlands preservation.
7. Plains Trains & Automobiles
This old freight car is rusting away in Richfield. Who left it? Why is it still here? Do train companies just drop off a car and ride away? I just don't get it.
8. Old Bridge
Find this one in the Sacramento River Canyon. This old abandoned bridge is a reminder of life not so long ago. It's near the Delta and while it's no longer functional, places like these are a photographer's dream.
9. No Gas Today
Old Highway 99 in Castella is the home of this gas station and general store. Nature is reclaiming it while life still whizzes by as proven by the train in the background. It reminds me a little of the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes" but with a gas station.
10. On the Dock of the Bay
Bodega Bay hosts this old place. It makes me wonder who built it. Who came to enjoy gathering on the water? Where did they all go? A place like this is just waiting for someone to come along and love it again.
11. Hot Springs Hotel
This is an abandoned hot springs in Northern California. I'm not sure I've ever seen antique toilet paper before.
12. Loma Prieta Benched this Building
The 1989 earthquake we know as Loma Prieta is the reason this gem stands empty. This train station in Oakland was built in 1912. I have a personal love for seeing this building restored - the first settlers of my family were here even before it was built and probably watched it going up. Train stations were the airports of their time. How many people flocked to this building, eagerly awaiting their first ride on a train.
13. Tilt A Whirl
Is there anything more eerie than an abandoned ride at an amusement park? The laughter of children can be a joyous thing or a scary thing. Chippy paint and rusted metal seats leave us wondering why was it left to die?
This forgotten spot is where artists gather. Graffiti on display in a place that's been abandoned. There aren't too many cops who are going to hike here to check things out. Enter at your own risk but bring along a camera for sure.
15. Ghost Town Fuel
Bodie is a ghost town built in the 1800s. The whole town is being reclaimed at the same time. But, we're pretty sure this is one of the earliest "gas stations" and almost looks like something out of a post-apocalyptic movie.
16. Passing Through
If you pass through Point Reyes on HWY 1 you'll see an old delapitated brick and mortor building. Most pass by and think nothing of it. Built in the last 1800s, it was once a general store, then a hotel with over 20 rooms. Dwight D. Eisenhower once stayed here. It's been closed since 1950. The new owner had plans to resurrect it to its heyday. But, in 2005, bureaucratic red tape killed all plans. Way to go government.
17. Two Shacks
Two tiny shacks left abandoned near Alliance Redwoods. To some this might be an eyesore. To others, they see a rich history of a time gone by. And, for even more savvy folks, they see treasure in old barn wood. It's a commodity for the eclectic few who love to decorate in woods.
These abandoned places hold so many stories…if only they could speak.