PERRY GOLF COURSE

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Yesterday while out cruising around the many back country roads around here, I decided to stop off and take a look-see at the Perry Golf Course that is not but a 20 min. drive for me.  The Perry Golf Course was built in 1970 and was a challenging course for all levels of play.  It had Par 5’s, 4’s & 3’s for everyone.  A open course to play.  No membership needed.  It was a very popular course around the area for quite some time.  The parking lot always had car’s in it with golfers playing the course.

Over the passing years it remained high on the Golf Course List to play, until in the late 90’s it started to decline for some reason that I don’t know.  I even played here on 2 occasions and found that the greens were well kept, cart paths were smooth, fairways and tee’s were always kept in superb condition.  The green fees were average, paying about $18.00 for 18 holes and a cart rental.

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Like I stated before, the Golf Course started to decline in business.  The next thing I heard was that it had closed, because there was not enough business anymore and the Owners were loosing money.  The Course closed 2 yrs. ago on December 31st.  It has been sitting vacant since then.  Here my Image shows the Club House to the left with the practice green off to the right.  Where the flag pole stands was a area for Golf Carts to rent.

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What remains of the Cart Path for the 18th Hole.  No one is here anymore.  No one to keep the Course lush & green.

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The Golf Cart Rental area now empty.  No Golfers walking around or playing.  Nothing but empty buildings and UN-trimmed shrubbery blowing in the wind.

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What is left of the 18th Green, now taken over by weeds & scrub.  The Flag is gone and the lush green color has long disappeared.  Nothing here anymore, which is a shame.  It felt kinda strange to walk around here.  Nothing here but me, my camera, and the wind with rain starting to splatter.  To me, it felt eerie, to walk in a place that once was so popular.

I was told later on that the property was bought by some big land developer that wanted to built 3 huge ware houses here.  That was years ago.  What happened?  No one has done a thing.  The once nice Golf Course is being reclaimed by Nature, as usually happens.

COAL CHUTE

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Yesterday, I took my Wife up to her old home in Minersville, PA to meet with some of her long time girl friends that she has known since High School.  They were going to have some lunch together at the old Washington House.  So, after I dropped her off, I had a few hours to spend just “snooping around” the area with my Pentax.

Located just outside Minersville on the road to Dunncock is this left over Coal Chute that was once used to load Coal into waiting trucks to be taken where-ever needed when Coal Was King in this area.  Located just behind the shed is a rusty old conveyor that was used to move the coal from one place to another.  You can barely see it because of all the over-growth.  I was not going to climb up there just to get a shot of it.  I’m surprised that the old thing is still standing.  It’s just wasting away into the past.

Like I had stated before, the Coal Region Area is just full of History.  The only problem is knowing where to find what remains.  I’m slowly doing this.

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“Out there” yesterday crusin’ the back country roads around my area, I happen to come across this old farm house that must have been here to awhile.  I thought that it was “interesting”, so I started walking around with the camera.  Since there were no “Private Property” Signs anywhere to be seen, I didn’t worry about being caught doing something that might get me shot at or thrown off the property.

You really can’t see this, but it’s a nice looking ole’ home despite the condition that it’s in.  What interested me was the stone work and the layout of the home.  It has/had a nice front porch and plenty of windows.  I wanted to go “snoop around” inside, but thought it would not be a good idea at the time.  You don’t know what/who is in there.  At one time in it’s past, this was probably a nice stone home and worth some tidy some of money.  What also got me is why is this home like this?  What happened here that it has gone to waste?  Who lived here?  Where are they now?  A number of questions that I’d like answered, but probably never will.  If someone that had enough money to restore this, it would be a great home to have.

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About 100 yds. off to the left of the house stands this shell of a barn that I assume goes along with the house.  It sorta looks like there was a structure fire here and it burned to the ground leaving just the walls/framework.  Did the roof just cave in from neglect?  What was this used for and when?  I just don’t know.  It has lot’s of land in front of it, as you can see.  Was this barn the cause of the house to be abandoned?  Was it too much for the people that once lived here?  These questions will probably go un-answered.

Images taken by my Nikon Coolpix P600.

MEMORIES

 

Back many years ago when I was much, much younger than what I am today, this place has some pretty good memories for me.  I does not look like much to you, nor is there much left of the old Barn that once stood here and belonged to the Moselem Springs Orchards.  Apples, cherries, pears, and pumpkins used to be sold here back in the early 60’s.

During that time the Orchard wanted some people or pickers to come out and help pick sweet cherries off their trees, that were located across the road and up a dirt road.  Well, my Cousins, were up visiting from Philadelphia one week-end and we got word of this.  Thought that it would be a good idea to earn some money and have a good time doing it.  All we had to do was show up in the early morning, sign a sheet of paper, climb on a tractor pulling a wooden wagon, and go up to the orchard to start pickin’ cherries.  There were lot’s and lot’s of trees to pick that were just full of red sweet cherries.

We got started climbing around on and in the tree collecting all the cherries we could pick.  At times, we used a ladder if there was one around.  Most of the time we climbed up into the tree to get what was at the top.  We had to fill a sorta large wooden box with cherries and at the end of the day, we loaded what we picked on the wagon, took it down to the above Barn, had it weighed, and were paid 10 cents a pound!  The wooden boxes weighed about 30 lbs. when full, so we could fill as many as we could.

We did this for 2 day’s and made a few dollars.  Just enough to use for some candy or what-ever else we could find.  While pickin’ there were lot’s of “cherry fights” and once in a while a tree limb would break from others climbing in the trees.

Now, more than 50 yrs. have passed by, but I still remember what was here.  There is hardly anything left of the old Barn.  That’s why I drew a “ghost outline” of what/where it was.

Just another Image to show some of the foundation that once was the barn.  Who owns this property now, I have no idea.  It’s just rotting away into History.

Soon there will be nothing left.  Nature reclaims everything.

 

Thanks for stopping by

Les

IN SHENANDOAH, PA

 

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In walking & driving around the Coal Mining town of Shenandoah, I happen to see this Historical marker placed on the side of a back street.

Here it shows what happened here many years ago, that most people don’t know about.  During the early day’s of when Coal was King in this area, there were a few strikes against the Coal Companies.  Ones like this one got a little nasty, because the working condition’s in the Mines must have been bad.  Hundreds of Miners went on strike to have their demands met.  At some of them, Miners were killed by shootings or beat to death.  They fought for what they thought was right.  It probably was.  I don’t really know if all this happened right at this spot, but it was sure to be close by.  There was nothing else here to show what happened in this area, except this sign to show for all to know.

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There was some more things I’ve noticed.  Like I stated in my previous Blog about Shenandoah, there were a number of abandoned & burned out homes.  Seems that for some reason there were many structure fires.  Just why, I don’t really know.  Maybe because the homes are old and caught fire for either one reason or another.

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Here’s some more.  However, with this it looks as if the whole block almost went up in flames.  This one involved some other homes.  Don’t have any clue which one started the whole thing, but I’ll bet this was a real mess to put out.  These buildings just might be torn down.  Going to take a lot to rebuild.

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On my way Home, I saw this abandoned building.  I have no idea what it used to be, but it’s another neglected piece of History that no one seems to care about. 

On a side note, I apologize for all the stupid wires that I just can’t avoid when shooting these Images.  Going to learn how to make them disappear.

 

Thanks for stopping by and reading.

Les