** Note-I receive many emails, and other messages regarding directions to this location. Due to where the site is located, and how many people are interested, and the danger of the site, I have stopped giving out directions. Thanks, as always, for reading!
I took another drive to the mill two weeks ago to see the mill on the Blue River. I ended up going to this location by myself, for the first time. The same place buzzed with anxiety, ill intentions, and repelled me on my last visit felt different this time.
I spotted a raccoon leaving its den and it took a while for it to spot me, but of course I didn’t have my camera ready. There was an older gentleman not too far away, who I noticed before I climbed down to the mill, and I saw him again on my way out. He photographed trains rattling through town, a toothy grin stretched across his face. I did not, however, brave walking down the girders or balance on any of the rebar and concrete slabs below the building. There is more to explore, but the plants are so overgrown, they hide the pieces jutting out of the ground, not to mention the poison ivy, and other unknown things just waiting for us. 🙂 I actually ran right into a nasty little section of rebar and it left an ugly bruise on my thigh. I’m lucky that was all that happened.
I will try to make it down there one more time this year when the leaves change. I imagine the lemon yellows and sunburst oranges will be beautiful next to the graffiti.
Trish Eklund is the owner and creator of Abandoned, Forgotten, & Decayed, and Family Fusion Community, an online resource for blended families of all types. Trish’s photography has been featured on Only in Nebraska, ListVerse, Nature Takes Over and Pocket Abandoned. Check out the new Bonanza Store for AFD merchandise! Follow on Instagram and Facebook. Trish is regularly featured on The Mighty, Huffington Post Divorce, and Her View From Home. She has also been featured on Making Midlife Matter, and The Five Moms, and has an essay in the anthology, Hey, Who’s In My House? Stepkids Speak Out by Erin Mantz.