Friday, November 28, 2008


This sad, desolate and decrepit building was built at about the same time as the Belen Hotel (see prior posts), in the early 1900's. Then, like the Belen Hotel, it fell into disuse and neglect. Unlike the Belen Hotel, no one has seen fit to rebuild it, to bring it up to date to meet today's safety codes. Perhaps it is a 'basket case,' I don't know. I do know that throughout America's midwest, there are many similar buildings deserted by their once proud owners. There are many reasons for this, the most frequent being many small communities (especially those with just one major source of industry/employment have had their economies collapse as major businesses consolidated or folded. Families, who have lived on farms for generations, have beenn forced into bankruptcy and moved into the big cities to find work. I have heard that some states, like Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska, actually offer financial incentives (after a sufficient 'proving up' time) to those people -preferably with large families- who will move into these towns and operate some type of business. If you are looking for a job, this is one good way to start. All you need is ambition, some good business ideas, and hopefully some cash! Maybe thn you can find a similar tired old building and bring it to a new life.

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