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Barn Wood Thieves

On more than a few occasions we’ve been accused of being, ahem, a little “long winded”. We hear it all the time in fact…”more pics, less words”, or some such thing. Most say it nice and gently and we can accept that, even if at a personal level we don’t get it. Others however have been a bit blunt…“Shut the f**k up!” What, not all the messages we get are “fan mail”? I know, who’d have guessed? We laugh it off. But still, these are the vocal ones and damn, this is what they’re saying.

An experiment, a post where the words will be few and the pics take centre stage. No writing, no history, no storytelling, just photos of old abandoned stuff. Easy for us, all we had to do was snap away and put them up. It feels lazy, it feels hollow, but here it is for your enjoyment.

These images…been holding on to them for the better part of a year. They’re pretty good, but they never seemed to really fit anywhere and we struggled to put them to use. Now they have a purpose I guess. Taken in the fall of 2016, in Cypress County and the “Special Areas” out near Medicine Hat, random shots from a busy weekend.

Speak up…more like this?

Gnadenfelt Cemetery

At a remote crossroad, Gnadenfelt Cemetery.

Gnadenfelt Cemetery Alberta

Lots of German sounding names here.

Outhouse Moon

An outhouse – the moon and stars!

Abandoned Barn Alberta

This abandoned barn under threatening skies.

Seventh Day Cemetery

Seventh Day Cemetery this way.

Seventh Day Cemetery AB

Bader, a name that shows up a lot at Seventh Day.

Seventh Day Cemetery Alberta

“At Rest….”

Alberta Seventh Day Cemetery

The property is overgrown and seems forgotten.

Abandoned House Alberta

A quaint old farm house.

Old Abandoned House AB

Windows are intact – vandals usually make short work of them.

Front Door Light

A welcoming light on a cold Alberta night…

Abandoned Farm AB

A peek inside…

Abandoned Farm Alberta

A modest sized dwelling – today most garages are as big.

Animal Yoke

Poking our head inside a shed…

Old Clothes Line

Back when everyone dried on the line.

Farm House Door

So much character.

Jason Sailer

Trademark yellow jacket – check, always present toque – check. With Jason Sailer.

Abandoned Farm Yard Lamp

The little details…

Ogilvie Mills Medicine Hat

Ogilvie Flour Mills, Medicine Hat, a massive structure.

Nails on a fence

More little details…

St Wolodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Church

St Wolodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Church looks like a shed.

St Wolodymyr Church

And damn, is it remote, access in via a cow path.

St Wolodymyr Church Cemetery

In the cemetery.

Cemetery St Wolodymyr Church

It was still and quiet on our visit.

St Wolodymyr Church Cappon

A fall day with gorgeous blue skies.

St Wolodymyr Cappon

Headstones show Cyrillic writing.

Ukrainian Orthodox Church Oyen

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Oyen brought here and buried.

Barn Wood Thieves

Barn wood thieves have been at it again.

Old Wood Stove

The old stove remains while the house is stripped away.

Farm Auger

And ancient auger.

Old One Room School

And old one room school turned farm building.

More posts from this same trip….
Zion Luthern Church.
Downtown Hilda.
The Howe Place.

If you wish more information on what you’ve seen here, by all means contact us!

Date: October, 2016.
Location: Special Area 3 and Cypress County, AB
Article references (and thanks): Jason and Becky Sailer, our tour guides.
Everything see was shot from public property and was visited with permission.


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Anne Elliott

Hi, Chris. I’m one of the ones who enjoys your accounts, stories, information, etc. plus photos. I think it would be a great pity if you gave very little information. Various times, I have copied and pasted part of a description and added it under one of my photos on Flickr – ALWAYS adding a link to your post on your website!! The latest was under a photo yesterday or the day before, showing Sharples grain elevator that I visited again several days ago.

Would have loved even more info (if there is any available anywhere) about the abandoned miners’ camp between Sharples and Carbon. A farmer at Sharples had told me about the old house further along and, of course, I just had to go and see it (just from the road, needless to say, lol). Thanks for all your fascinating blogs – love them!

Steve Boyko

My opinion? More like this – with less photos per post – so more posts. 🙂

Michelle McCarthy
Michelle McCarthy

Yes please don’t quit writing because we all need you.

Michelle Bonagofsky
Michelle Bonagofsky

Pictures are always nice, but it’s the words that keep me coming back. No one is writing about these places but you.


Hi BigDoer! I like your photos and your stories, but nothing wrong with switching it up from post to post. I do that, a longer story or sometimes mostly photos.
These are all great photos!

Hannah Marie
Hannah Marie

Don’t stop writing!

Larry Atwood
Larry Atwood

More words! More words!

Omo-udoyo JO Ronalds
Omo-udoyo JO Ronalds

How you’ve been doing them all these years is just right! Keep the words flowing.

jason sailer

Hi Chris.

The occasional post with minimal text and more photos are ok, but I like the ones where you and Connie write your souls out. Like mentioned, the photos are great but the research and information is what counts in the end.

Glad you finally posted the photos! Was a great day!