August 29th, 2003


The Lower Glencoe Springhouse

(Cross-posted to edg and urban_decay, with special thanks to embryomystic for pointing me here. All of the below photographs were taken by edg on August 29, 2003, using a Kodak CX6200 digital camera.)

For a while, I was the only one who could see the ruined stonework to the side of the road; it was usually covered in something - plants, snow, whatever - and rather hard to see, and it was only because I was exceptionally bored on the way home one day that I noticed it at all.

Before I begin the rest of my post, I feel obliged to mention that I make reference below to visiting the site. While I was taking the photographs, I was under the impression that the land was the property of the Baltimore County government and was set aside for public use; this appears to not be the case, and the springhouse and the land around it are, as far as I can tell, owned by a private individual. While the springhouse is a lovely ruined structure, actually departing the road to visit the structure itself is technically trespassing, and I would like to make it clear that I do not encourage this behavior. (It should also be known that I am considering putting forth an offer to purchase the land from the owner.) That said, it's still pretty neat.

The ruins sit on a stream which crosses Lower Glencoe Rd. in Sparks, MD, about 20 miles north of Baltimore in Baltimore County. They are about 0.15 miles from the junction of York Rd. (MD Route 45) and Lower Glencoe Rd., on the south side of the road. If you intend to visit the ruin and are driving, I recommend that you follow Lower Glencoe Rd. - away from York Rd. - about another tenth of a mile; on the left you will see a road leading to a development, and there is room on the west (left, from Lower Glencoe) side of the road to park and leave your car. It's also worth noting that the ruins of the Sparks Elementary School are less than a mile from the springhouse, even if you follow the roads.

The view from the road.
Look just to the right of center.

Getting to the ruin from the road is not particularly difficult, but neither is it insignificant, and unless you want to make your way through a twenty-foot bush of brambles, you will need to cross the small bridge on the road, and then get to and cross the stream itself on foot. This involves mostly walking through waist-high marsh grasses; there are some unnerving lumps on the ground, but these mostly turn out to be half-buried rocks and logs. Fortunately, the most threatening creature I saw was a small spider; there are snakes in the region, but they tend toward the larger rivers. When I visited the ruins, there was a rather convenient crossing point in the form of a set of large rocks, but don't expect this to remain if you visit; also, one bank of the stream is significantly - one or two feet - higher than the other, which may make crossing back something of a feat. The stream itself is about a yard to a yard and a half wide, less than six inches deep, and not fast at all, so if you have sturdy boots you may be better off simply stepping in the water.

The Lower Glencoe SpringhouseCollapse )

A generation of dust

The obligitory greeting:

The introduction:
I've recently joined this community. I found it through urban_decay, a group that I only discovered a few days ago. Normally I would lurk in a community for a month or more before I posted, but I'm feeling adventurous today and I think I might have something to contribute right away.

The story:
Over the Fourth of July weekend this year I had the pleasure of returning to my home town to visit my parents. They live on a small hobby farm a few miles outside of the town of Prior Lake, Minnesota. They've been there for around 25 years, and that's where I grew up until I moved away for college at age 17.

Somehow I had never noticed an old farmhouse that wasn't far away, despite the fact that my school bus used to pass it every single day. I guess I've become more attuned to things like this since I was turned on to ruin and decay by a photographer friend of mine. Since I saw the property was now up for sale I realized it wasn't much longer for this Earth, undoubtedly it would be bought up and developed into yuppie housing for the super-rich with prices starting in the "low $400,000s" for a 1/8th pittance of land with a brick mansion on it (Later conversations with my parents confirm my suspicions, the property has been bulldozed and is staked out with survey markers now).

The day that I left Minnesota to go back home I drove with my father up to the property. I didn't have my good old Canon AE1 Programmable with me, so I made do as best I could with my digital camera, a Samsung Digimax 210SE. I think the pictures were taken sometime around 1 PM or so on July 5th.

The pictures:Collapse )

The end:
I hope you enjoy these photographs as much as I enjoyed taking them.
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