From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Bulldozed and Burned

Life in Christian County, Kentucky...



Bill's house bulldozed and burnedOnly the roof remains.

Back in February, I posted a picture of an old house and wrote briefly about the old fellow who lived there for many years. (See this blog entry.)

I was shocked when I drove by there yesterday. The house has been bulldozed and burned. I think the landowner may have been having trouble with people going into the house. He had recently cut some trees so that they fell across the driveway and blocked it. Maybe he was afraid that someone would get hurt while messing around there. And I suppose it's better to burn the house down than to let it slowly fall down.

So it's dust to dust and ashes to ashes with Bill's house. I suppose that the land will be plowed and planted along with the rest of the field that adjoins it. All too soon, no one will even remember that there used to be a little house there.


Bill's houseBill's house in February, 2006

1 comment:

Trixie said...

I'm so glad you didn't let this house pass into obscurity unnoticed.

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