The Lure of the Abandoned

Posted: August 5, 2010 in Uncategorized

What is the attraction of abandoned, decaying places? Why do so many of us feel drawn to these lost buildings, baking in the sun, drying, cracking, falling down? It seems that something still lives there, something we can’t see but can feel, can’t capture, but know is watching us with our cameras and our curiosity.

PHW Kirsten and family wandered into the Wagon Wheel and saw the result of years of neglect. There were attempts to save it, since it was a perfect example of mid-Century architecture. All the attempts were met with fierce opposition from the City of Oxnard and the developers who wanted to tear it down and build condominiums. A judge ruled back in May of this year that the once vibrant Wagon Wheel Restaurant and motel are not worthy of restoration or repair. Since there is no “historical interest” inherent in the structures–according to this decision–there is no compelling reason to save it. So, at some point in the near future, this time capsule from the 1950s will be razed to the ground.

Go to the “Investigations” page for more pictures and impressions of the buildings and grounds. Also, if you decide to go there yourself, remember that you do so at your own risk unless you secure permission from the City of Oxnard. You can take beautiful pictures from the outside, which is probably the better option.

I say goodbye to the Wagon Wheel with sadness and a sense of loss for all the decades that it served the public.

  1. ty says:

    Definately a creepy place. Thanks for posting the great images.

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