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A-Z April Challenge; A is for Abandoned

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Eagle River, Alaska PHALL PHOTO 2014

Eagle River, Alaska
PHALL PHOTO 2014

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Sadly, this will all be torn down by the new owners, so I am glad that I got these shots before it’s all gone. I did an internet search and called my sis who is a Realtor there. I read interviews of the locals who have good memories of the restaurant and dance hall.

ABANDONED

Whatever hopes faced those better days,

now lay wasted and abandoned in a bitter haze.

Long lost dreams cling to every wall,

remembered excitement trails down each hall.

Locals recount their fond memories there;

early morning omelets and dancing without care.

The service was excellent, the food a delight,

a woman taught her dad to swing dance late one night.

These photos will last, my words will remain,

and old memories will surface again and again.

But soon those walls will come tumbling down;

all those hopes and dreams will shatter on the ground.

Patti Hall 2014

Author: Patti Hall

Writer, daughter, sister, mom, niece, grani, and friend. Works-in-progress; 3 children's books, some poetry and a memoir series, "Souvenirs from My Heart." Pursuits of happiness include gardening, walking the beach, reading, writing, photography, traveling and genealogy. I am a widow (2009), lost my sis in 2012, my aunt and a precious grandson in 2013.

18 thoughts on “A-Z April Challenge; A is for Abandoned

  1. Amazing, Patti. I love this.

  2. Good

  3. Lovely post, lovely pictures. What a shame the new owners want o destroy such heritage. If people want to live there why not do the buildings up behind the frontage. If people don’t want to live there, what will the new owners do once the property has gone?
    xxx Massive Hugs xxxx

  4. Eagle River is more or less a suburb of Anchorage. I am sure it is feeling “urban pressure.” I drove through there last summer and saw lots of changes from when I lived in Anchorage in the 80s. On another note: I saw last night that one of the contestants on Voice is from Eagle River. –Curt

    • Yes, not much between Anch and ER, except military land. Oh, my family in ER watches that, so they probably know who it is…still a small world there and my family has been there a million years. Thanks for the visit, Curt.

  5. This was wonderful. Shame about the place, though. Good luck with the Challenge!

    Visiting on behalf of Untethered Realms for the A to Z Challenge. 🙂

  6. I love the pink Jail and the balcony on The North Slope. It’s too bad they have to go. Great photos!

    I’m doing the A-Z challenge too. I’ll be watching your site every day. 😀

  7. Stopping by from the AtoZ! Great post.

    You might want to see if you can edit your entry in the LinkyList. There is an odd space before “.com” that is giving some people errors.

    Don’t want you to miss out on the visitors!


    Timothy S. Brannan
    The Other Side, April Blog Challenge: The A to Z of Witches

  8. It’s so sad how things get old so fast in the U.S. We often throw away our history never thinking twice about it. I’m glad you got the pictures taken…this is a great post!

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