Abandoned home on Donaldson Point, New Madrid County
Abandoned houses have always fascinated me. This one was quite the house in its day. Two stories, nice front porch, nested in beautiful trees. Why would anyone just abandon this beautiful structure? Each one has its own story. Most common is the children left home, the parents died, no one wanted to buy it. So it sits empty, decaying a little each year, until its structure weakens and a storm blow in and it collapses. At that point the rubble may sit for years, or the landowner may torch it, and in a matter of minutes its gone, with nothing left but maybe a hand pump where the water was retrieved, and the bricks of the chimney standing tall like a skeleton.