Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Abandonment: Backus Road Houses - Mojave, California

Broken Gate, Broken Home - Mojave, California
Between Mojave and Rosamond in California's Mojave Desert are a bunch of abandoned houses. They're found along Backus Road, between California Highway 14 and Tehachapi-Willow Springs Road.

Some of these abandoned homes are over 100-years-old. Some of them are closer to 40-years-old. The mining industry brought many people to the desert. When the mines closed (only a few are still active), those that lived among the cactus and creosote simply moved on, leaving behind their old houses.

Many of these places did not have indoor plumbing. Some didn't have heating or air conditioning. A couple didn't have electricity. This was not easy living. It was a difficult life.

Some of the houses have been abandoned for many decades. Others have only been abandoned for about 10 years. A couple places look like with just a little work they could once again be lived in. A few places have fallen  down.

There are about 25 abandoned homes along Backus Road. Some are right off the road, while others are found on dirt drives off of the main road. Some have "no-trespassing" signs displayed, but many do not.

The photographs in this post are of the homes found in this area. They've been captured over the last two years using several different cameras, including a Nikon D3300 and a Nokia Lumia 1020. This may surprise you, but the majority were captured with the Nokia camera.
An Abandoned Desert Home - Mojave, California
Boarded Up Window - Mojave, California
Old Fire Extinguisher - Mojave, California
Yellow House In The Desert - Mojave, California
Forgotten Hope - Mojave, California
Creosote Window - Mojave, California
Old Broken Hinge - Mojave, California
Dips In Pavement - Mojave, California
Forgotten Blue Chair - Mojave, California
The Compaq Desert - Mojave, California
Red Can Brand - Mojave, California
Knob - Mojave, California
Ghosts of the Past - Mojave, California
Cactus House - Mojave, California
Abandoned Desert Home - Mojave, California
Shadows of Abandonment - Mojave, California
Forgotten Cupboard - Mojave, California
Old Tire Pile - Mojave, California
Cabinet Left Behind - Mojave, California
Shutter - Mojave, California
Abandoned Home Window View - Mojave, California
Boot Abandoned - Mojave, California
Bear Abandoned In The Desert - Mojave, California
Theo Borgman Co Light - Mojave, California
Collapsed House - Mojave, California
Memories of A Sunny Day - Mojave, California
Monochrome Circles - Mojave, California
Tire And Hose - Mojave, California
Sleeping Doorway - Mojave, California

Old Plumbing - Mojave, California
Broken Hallway - Mojave, California
Stairs To The Unknown - Mojave, California
Old Paint Can - Mojave, California
Look Up - Mojave, California
Divine Window - Mojave, California
Interior Design - Mojave, California
Door, Broken - Mojave, California
Lost Boy - Mojave, California
Abandoned Interior - Mojave, California
The Looking Hole - Mojave, California
Roof Line - Mojave, California
Joshua Roof - Mojave, California
Forgotten Cans - Mojave, California

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