Monday, January 30, 2006


These picture I took today from the parkway. The furthest of these is about seven miles south of here. You own them. That's right, they've been bought up by the National Park Service. Who lives there? No one. Want to buy one? Not for sale. What's going to happen to them? Nothing. Want to look around? OK, the doors are unlocked.

The Park Service keeps them around for local color, I guess. It seems a shame that these homes where once children played and families experienced joys and sorrows now sit empty. Faceless windows looking out over the mountains with a longing for someone to return.

If there are three from Mile 195 to Mile 2oo on the parkway how many more are there along it's 400 or so mile length? There is something wasteful and perverse about this. Our government buys up perfectly good homes to let them sit. It makes no sense.


Blogger Sandy said...

Oh that is just least let the Park Rangers live there or something...they look like decent homes.

4:21 AM  
Blogger The MacBean Gene said...

I don't understand it at all, Sandy. Soemtitmes the Park Service just like the rest of the government doesn't make sense.

5:36 AM  
Blogger Bonita said...

I'm glad they didn't demolish the homes. I'd be curious to know what the land was being used for.

9:18 AM  
Blogger GUYK said...

At one time when the Feds condemed that places and bought them they would grandfather in the owner and let them stay there as long as they lived but noone else could live there after they were gone. There were several grandfathered in this way in the Everglades when they made it a National Park. Seems only right to do this but I have not heard of it happening for along time.

10:38 AM  
Blogger The MacBean Gene said...

Don't know what all the land is being used for but those horses in the botton picture belong to our friend, Granny.
Understand what your saying, Guy but it's strange that new homes are being built closer to the parkway than these.

11:21 AM  
Blogger Sean said...

Yes, it makes perfect sense. Squeeze out the homeowners. Then, neglect pastures, the land and the roadsides until every view is obscured by one million invading Paradise Trees. Genius!


4:12 PM  
Blogger D L Ennis said...

Interesting...I wonder when the Park Service bought the land.

9:53 PM  
Blogger The MacBean Gene said...

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5:58 AM  
Blogger The MacBean Gene said...

I don't know, D L. It was long before we arrrived. This is more your baliwick.
I deleted my own comment. A couple of errors.

6:01 AM  

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