Archive for May, 2015

More exploring!

Posted in Abandoned buildings, Ghost towns, Hatherleigh, Nolan, Saskatchewan, Whitkow with tags , , , , , , on May 18, 2015 by Amanda

I decided to go looking for ghost towns and random abandoned buildings again this morning.  Again, I opted to not go too far out of town and just see whether random places (which I hadn’t heard of) in my road atlas actually had anything there anymore.  Mostly, I found nothing at the actual places I’d mapped out but I found a fair bit on the way.  I probably could have found just about as much by making random turns wherever as there really is a lot of abandoned stuff in the countryside but I think by putting specific places into my GPS I should be upping my odds of finding actual ghost towns.

I noticed an old one room school just off the highway called Nolan School.  I’ve been by here several times and never noticed it before.  I think it is easy to miss things when travelling at highway speed.

Nolan School

Nolan School

Once I made my way onto my first gravel road of the day, I immediately found an abandoned house and then another schoolhouse called Scentgrass Lake School.  The schoolhouse was a bit strange as it looks like it might still be used for something (the siding looked newish) but there were no windows at all expect for tiny basement ones.

First abandoned house of the day

First abandoned house of the day

Hatherleigh had a sign saying it was 2 km when my GPS said it was over 3 km away; my GPS was correct.  This place had a community hall that looks like someone is working on fixing up.  There are a few lived in houses around too.  It looked like there was an abandoned house next to an inhabited one but there was a big No Trespassing Sign and something about Protecting; so I had stayed well away.  I later stopped when I noticed what I think might have been an old railroad station which was a fair bit back from the road right next to an inhabited house.  When I got out to take a picture, I was quickly accompanied by a large dog from across the street.  He seemed harmless enough but stayed right by my car until I drove away.  Anyway, this place just had a weird vibe to it.

Hatherleigh Community Centre

Hatherleigh Community Centre

 

I drove around a bit more and found some more abandoned houses, some fenced off and some not.  I didn’t find any actual towns though they were on the map.  I also briefly stopped by Whitkow which I visited last fall to see how the community hall was doing as it was collapsing then.  Surprisingly, it really doesn’t look any worse than it did then!

I ended up spending about three and a half hours driving though I really didn’t go all that far.  As usual, I didn’t encounter much traffic.  Strangely though I did encounter several transport trucks on gravel roads on a holiday; they sure create a lot of dust!

 

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First ghost town trip of the year!

Posted in Abandoned buildings, Cloan, Elk farm, Gallivan, Ghost towns, Ibstone, Porter, Prongua, Rockhaven, Saskatchewan, Thackeray with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 10, 2015 by Amanda

This afternoon I finally went on another drive to explore ghost towns and other random buildings.  The gravel roads were actually quite dry; I probably could have done these a few weeks ago!  I didn’t go too far but still managed to see places I hadn’t seen before.  Only of one of the towns was a true ghost town with abandoned buildings; the others either had some inhabitants or had a sign at most left.  I also found an interesting abandoned farm.  I also found an elk farm.  I didn’t know that there was such a thing! It amazing how many roads here literally have nothing along them but perhaps some cows for kilometres.  The farms are so far apart.  It is quite different from Ontario.  Anyway, it was an interesting way to spend a few hours.

I began by visiting Prongua.  It has an old grain elevator and community hall.  I didn’t get to close to the community hall as it was surrounded by trailers and stuff and looked like someone probably uses it for storage.  There were a few inhabited homes but it does look like it was a larger community.

Prongua's grain elevator.

Prongua’s grain elevator.

I saw an interesting-looking barn that had started to collapse on the way to Gallivan.  It was on a modern-looking farm so again, I didn’t get too close.  I then went to Gallivan.  This was definitely the best town of the afternoon!  It had an abandoned church, community hall, and a house and well as some small buildings, some abandoned vehicles, and a sign about its former school.

Some of Gallivan.

Some of Gallivan.

I came across an abandoned farm.  It was an interesting place but it wasn’t the easiest place to access as the entrance was quite overgrown.

Some of the farm.

Some of the farm.

On the way to Rockhaven, I discovered the aforementioned elk farm. The elk looked at me but seemed quite calm. There was a sign about hunting so I suspect they’ve had issues. A lot of small towns appear on maps and its hard to know what is there now. Anyway, actually had grain elevators still in use and some lived-in homes. However, it also had some abandoned homes and a church that looks like it might only be used occasionally. The roads within the town were horrible, undoubtedly the worst of the afternoon. I found this surprisingly as people actually live there!

The elk farm.

The elk farm.

I then went to three towns that are nothing more than signs now: Cloan and Ibstone.  Thackeray was also basically a sign though there were a couple old farm buildings.  I couldn’t even find a sign for the last one (Porter!).  I wasn’t too surprised as the road leading there was more like a driveway than a road.  It is really strange to imagine what these places must once have been like!

This was once a town?

This was once a town?