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Abandoned House, Appleton, WI

There is a worn-down farm house just twenty minutes outside of Appleton, WI. The unassuming, dilapidated structure became a fixture in my memory of the State and my time living there. The first experience of the house was on a moonlit, snowy midnight during my first visit to Wisconsin, in January of 2005. We had decided to pull a prank on some friends, telling them to meet us at the house. Little did they expect that I was not only in town, but was hiding inside the forlorn building dressed as a homeless man.

Unfortunately, plans didn't work out as expected. Someone was already holed up inside, who half-scared the life out of me when
he/she/it came lurching out of the shadows. Actually, in the fog of sheer fright my first instinct was to stab the devil. Once I realized my knife wasn't even in my pocket, I collapsed in horror and back-crawled like a crab to escape, screaming butchery the whole way. It turns out the joke was on me: the person inside was a friend of mine and everyone had been in on it.

From that time we made several more trips to the house, exploring the expansive barn still full of old hay, or to eat lunch in the parlor with its collapsed roof. It remains a special place to me.

Canon 40D + Canon 17-40mm f/4 L    2008 © Michael Spotts:.
Canon 40D + Canon 17-40mm f/4 L 2008 © Michael Spotts:.
Canon 20D + Canon 17-85mm f/3.5-5.6 EF-s 2005 © Michael Spotts:.
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1 comment:

Slack Mech said...

I found this house while visiting my hometown only an hour away from Appleton. I made my boyfriend take me back to it for pictures...it really is a beautiful building.