House in The Field
In my back road travels, I find all types of things, many piqué my curiosity. Out in the farm flatlands I came across a huge old concrete structure in a state of slow decay. It was not the usual farm/ranch home because of the way it was built. There also doors all around, two on the front, one on the side and a backdoor plus a cellar door.
The two front doors, next to each other remind me of a hotel, boarding house with a café. Nice large upstairs windows for the guests to stay in. A large spacious basement with appliances for the family to live in. All this in the middle of somewhere, close to not much.
I got my old maps out, there were no old wagon roads, nor was there any kind of town at this location. I’ve asked a few people in the area if they knew anything about the building…… got blank stares and quizzical empty eyes. Oh well, someday I will find the right person.
On the eastern Colorado prairie it would’ve been a large luxurious building for the early 1900’s. The interior was nicely finished, plastered walls, nice wood work. In the basement a huge cast iron cook stove still resided. The house had multiple chimneys and a variety of stoves pipe outlets in the walls. It took a large chunk of money to build this house more then a 100 years ago.
On the side of the house was a large well house with storage tank. The pipes still went from the pump house to the building, now exposed and naked plumbing. It was a good sized complex. The other thing that struck that maybe more then one family lived here. Oh me, I speculate so much about a curious building way over yonder.