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Termite Motel: 1937

Termite Motel: 1937

August 1937. "Old house in Tower, Minnesota, former prosperous lumber town." Medium format nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the FSA. View full size.

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Ok, now I have a new template in my mind for "haunted house." This place looks terrifying during the day, I wonder what it would've looked like under the light of a full moon. Scary, that's what. At least I can rest assured that it's no longer standing. Or is it???

Potential is in the eye of the beholder

I see lots of easy potential with this place! Mow the lawn, re-shingle the roof, give it a fresh coat of paint and it would look hundreds of times better! Of course, a friend once joked with me that I would buy a house with no roof if I thought it had enough potential! (this was after I showed him pictures of a gutted 1948 Chevy I was considering buying as a daily driver)

Ah, home crap home

I think this was the inspiration for the film "The Money Pit."

Victorian Gem

When this house was new, maybe in the 1870s or '80s, and had a fresh coat of paint in probably three colors, it would have been a sparkling gem. And with a riot of color in the flower garden in front. When they got old and worn out, they were demolished by the millions, like so much trash. You can't build 'em like that any more!

Those meddling kids

and their dog Scooby assisted the Globetrotters in ridding this place of spirits back in 1973.

A little question

Sorry if this sounds too dumb to ask, but I've always wondered why those old-style houses were not built at ground level, but rather high.

[The floor of a frame house is elevated to keep it from rotting. And in a cold climate, the earth is a heat sink. The house will be much easier to keep warm if the floor isn't sitting on the ground or if it has a basement under it. - Dave]

Mouse Motel

I'm fairly sure termites aren't so much of a problem way up north, but mice and other rodents sure are.

Handyman Special

This fixer-upper only needs a for-sale sign out front!

An Iron Town

I know a bit about this town not much as being lumberous but it is the oldest town in the Iron Range. The Iron Range is an area with very much iron ore.

Coming Mother!

You couldn't build a creepier looking place on a movie set! Looks like Norman Bates's summer cottage!

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