Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Abandonment: Johannesburg House

Johannesburg House - Johannesburg, California
A couple of weeks ago when I visited Atolia, California I also visited an abandoned house in Johannesburg. This turned out to be an interesting stop.

Johannesburg, which is right outside of Randsburg, was founded in 1896 and was a booming mining town at one time. The interesting thing about Johannesburg is that it was a "civilized" community, and not the rowdy western town typical of that era. The fate of the town was dictated by the mining industry, with plenty of ups-and-downs. Today the town is a small gas stop along U.S. 395 and a tourist attraction (although not nearly as touristy as Randsburg).

At the north end of town is an abandoned house. It was once a business of some sort, although I'm not really sure what kind of business it was. There's a sign along the highway that used to say, but it doesn't say anything anymore.
Tree, House - Johannesburg, California
I didn't find a lot of clues on the inside of the house. There were a few remnants, such as an old wood table, a chair and a suitcase. Mostly the place was empty.

The glass in the windows were broken. Some doors were broken. There's an old bus that had been converted into an RV that had been converted into a guest house in the back. It was a bit interesting. Although, again, it was largely empty.

I used a Nikon D3300 DSLR with a Nikkor 40mm AF-S DX f/2.8G Micro lens to capture these images.
Small Wood Table - Johannesburg, California
Retro Living - Johannesburg, California
Oval Window - Johannesburg, California
The Inside Door - Johannesburg, California
Arched Door - Johannesburg, California
The Little Red Window - Johannesburg, California

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