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In The Wilds Of West Virginia by artwhiz47

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In keeping with the interesting trend fostered by Gene Walls, & most recently, Tracy Faught, here’s another derelict ~ a West Virginia FUFH (Farm Unit From Hell) that was (& I stress WAS – have no idea what its current status is) located on the most appropriately named Camp Mistake Run, not far from West Union, WV. I’m reasonably certain about this location – in Doddridge, or perhaps Tyler County in the northwest region of the state. I know that this was Camp Mistake Run, wherever it may be ~ could hardly forget a place like this on a road with a name like that…. I spent a fair amount of time driving around the muddy & oft-impassable tracks that pass for roads in the hills of this beautiful state, travelling with a good friend who was in search of land down there…the remoter the better. Many adventures ensued, but none was as poignant or compelling as the real estate auction we attended in one county town. A good portion of the properties up for grabs were going for taxes, out from under the noses of poor owners who could not afford the small rates but whose holdings were coveted by big companies looking to grab mineral & timber rights. One elderly woman wearing a large diamond spoke to us tearfully ~ her ring was all she had left, & she wouldn’t sell it to try & save her house & land, but she was outraged that her home was to be swept away in an avalanche of greed & avarice. There were three properties on Camp Mistake – all on a single stretch about a half-mile long, & they all resembled this example. Obviously, many years had passed since the last occupation of any of them, & the growth of pole-sized trees around them bespoke their neglected state very well. We drove along the ‘road’, took pictures, got stuck, & eventually made our way back out to relative civilization. Needless to say, neither this property nor any of the others fit my friend’s criteria (though they WERE sufficiently remote), but they were remarkably picturesque. By the way, our ‘FUFH’ designation evolved from the official auction descriptions of ‘Farm Units’ of all kinds – from the working farm to the abandoned wreck. I think it is self-explanatory. ‘Camp Mistake’ got its name when some deer hunters set themselves up at the wrong site somehow, & nearby Camp Misery was infested with biting, stinging insects. Never a dull moment.

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  • andy551
    andy551over 4 years ago

    Amazing light and nice colors

  • Many thanks, Andy. And many thanks for the favorite! ~ Sheila

    – artwhiz47

  • ctheworld
    ctheworldover 4 years ago

    I love this! Great tones!

  • Thanks, Arlane – such a place!

    – artwhiz47

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 4 years ago

    Wonderful but sad scene. It’s such a shame that so much land is “up for grabs”, as it were. Big business leaves me somewhat cold with their cold machinations and impersonal and unheeding quest for profit. I could rant on, but would probably end up muttering rude words…What sticks foremost in my mind is “her ring was all that she had left”……

  • Thank you, Mike, for that heartfelt comment. And obviously that lady’s words have stayed with me, as has the look on her weathered face. The atmosphere at that sale was charged in more ways than one; the oil & timber company reps, the ‘suits’, were smarmy, oily & arrogant, almost to a man, though there were one or two members of local companies’ staffs who seemed to be slightly more in tune with what was Really Happening. I can picture the scene very well, & to this day, it makes me shudder.

    – artwhiz47

  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...over 4 years ago

    wow!! that’s quite the writeup Sheila. Very interesting and great shot

  • Thanks, Dave. I could probably write a book…. Or ten, or a hundred….

    – artwhiz47

  • Brock Hunter
    Brock Hunterover 4 years ago

    fantastic view Sheila. A picture is worth a thousand words, in this case the description almost balanced it out! (I jest, thanks for taking the time to add the background story to this wonderful shot, all 419 words of it).

  • Bigod, & Zounds! You counted ’em, Brock. Some say a picture is worth TEN thousand words, so count your blessings. And thanks.

    – artwhiz47

  • WatscapePhoto
    WatscapePhotoover 4 years ago

    Great shot and interesting, if sad, text, Sheila.

  • Thank you, Steven. I should probably dig out the others – wouldn’t exactly make a panorama, but it might complete the ‘picture’.

    – artwhiz47

  • sundawg7
    sundawg7over 4 years ago

    What a catch of this decrepit & spooky looking structure. Don’t blame you for keeping your distance from it. Actually, the entire scene looks somewhat foreboding. Hope you didn’t stay long. >Ron<

  • Thank you, Ron. As you can imagine, it had that atmosphere that pervades abandoned, once active places. Compelling & repellent at the same time! But more compelling than not.

    – artwhiz47

  • Jamie  Green
    Jamie Greenover 4 years ago

    I like it, and it’ll do..also the words to the right that take up most of the page.

  • You said all the right things. I am, after all, a writer by nature, & this ain’t no Wiki…. Brock counted the words. What have YOU done lately? Many thanks for this & for the favorite, fell man.

    – artwhiz47

  • It also should be pointed out here that NOW most of the page is taken up by Comments. But if I work at it, I can make the Replies so long & complicated that RedBubble will implode.

    – artwhiz47

  • Shaun Whiteman
    Shaun Whitemanover 4 years ago

    Great shot of this amazing old building, a wonderful moving write up to!

  • Thanks, Shaun. As I say, I can’t imagine what’s become of it; did anyone ever actually buy the property? Will probably never know.

    – artwhiz47

  • hjaynefoster
    hjaynefosterover 4 years ago

    There is something about decaying ruins that draws us to them. This one brings the words of sadness and pity into one’s mind. Lovely shot and interesting writeup. Well done Sheila…

  • Many thanks, Jayne. There are many areas in the US that have more than their share of these desolations. Big Country often means Move On when the going gets tough. Many of the East’s most beautiful areas were abandoned when populations moved West….

    – artwhiz47

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