We’re looking at an abandoned and deteriorating house. The story started on Corndancer Dot Com’s photo of the week page. If you want to see the first part of the story, a cool thing to do, click here. Looking at the house, near Beulah, Arkansas on state highway 33, you can see a wave in the roof and an obliterated corner.
Like many rural southern homes, this one had “add-ons.” Looking in the side door, one can see a former exterior wall on the left and in the foreground. Additions were normally made to the sides or back of the house. The exterior wall apparently enclosed a back porch. Homeowners either did not want to be closer to the road or spoil the front appearance of their home.
This door was probably the first to be vandalized, I suspect the door glass was broken by human hand and not by the forces of nature.
The house was heated with wood. Just to the left of the back door is a side window through which the flue for a wood heater ran. The metal flange is homemade and began its life as something other than a window flange for a wood heater flue. But it was the right size and available. It appears that the hole through which the flue ran was made with using a cutting torch, a common tool in agricultural environments.
I looked through the hole in the window flange and saw the old stove still in the room. A rusty remnant of the elbow by which the exhaust flue attached to the stove is still in attached to the stove. The stove is not the venerable and virtually indestructible cast-iron potbelly variety, but is a cheaper sheet metal stove. The hole in the window flange let the camera look into the room (below).
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