The Travel Hmm…Abandoned Buildings and Properties

I wonder what prices were listed on this gas station sign outside Leadville, Colorado

I wonder what gas prices were at the time this sign was in action at a former gas station outside Leadville, Colorado.

The Travel Hmm... is a new feature on Travel Oops. Basically, the feature will highlight anything that makes you go “hmmm…I wonder…” Abandoned buildings and properties fit in that category for me. My imagination seems constantly to need fodder. An abandoned building always has a story. Here are a few photos of buildings and properties that pique my curiosity and make me wonder.

You can still enjoy fantastic views while reclining in a  favorite chair that remains in this wooden cabin.

You can still enjoy fantastic views while reclining in a favorite chair that remains in this wooden cabin.

Leadville, Colorado, USA.

I'm not sure if these buildings are actually abandoned but they look like they could use some inhabitants.

I’m not sure if these buildings are actually abandoned but they look like they could use some inhabitants. The different shades of rust are even pretty against the bluebird sky.

Port Adelaide, South Australia.

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These buildings are left over from the mining and railroad days of Salida, CO

These buildings are left over from the mining and railroad days of Salida, CO.

Salida, Colorado, USA.

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Loss of faith? A boarded up church.

Loss of faith? A boarded up church.

Leadville, Colorado, USA.

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Another building along with an outhouse on the church property.

Another building along with an outhouse on the church property.

Leadville, Colorado, USA.

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Home on the mange range.

Home on the mange?

Leadville, Colorado, USA.

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The gas station in Leadville, CO.

The gas station that goes with the sign in Leadville, CO.

Leadville, Colorado, USA.

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Ironically, this hotel didn't make it on the Vegas strip. Just down the road you can see the Mandalay Bay.

Ironically, this hotel didn’t make it on the Las Vegas strip. Just down the road you can see the Mandalay Bay.

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

close up of Mandalay Bay

I guess Hoteland’s pool, micro fridge and bilingual hotel staff wasn’t enough.

I take it back. Hoteland isn't completely abandoned.

I take it back. Hoteland isn’t completely abandoned. The broken sign makes a good resting stoop for this pigeon.

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9 thoughts on “The Travel Hmm…Abandoned Buildings and Properties

    • Thanks, Hayley! I love this topic, too. There is something so intriguing to me about a place that’s crumbling but still standing and has seen some history. It’s almost a survival type story.

  1. Intriguing and timely post Stephanie. Today we took the train from Bratislava to Budapest, and Terri and I had a conversation about why so many places get abandoned. As you probably know, there are lots of old, derelict buildings along rail lines, and it seems strange to me. I have visions of Nazis and Russian Communists forcing people out at gunpoint. It’s sad to me, and always seems a waste. ~ James

    • James — thanks for this information. I can only imagine how depressing it would be to see abandoned buildings along a rail line that you know the Nazis used to transport people to the concentration camps. It must be quite eerie.

      On a brighter note, I hope you and Terri are having a fabulous time in Poland and Eastern Europe. I have been behind with blogging and reading blogs — looking forward to catching up with your adventures! Cheers — Steph

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