Against the unavoidable
Finally caught a break in the weather and was out and about in a farm area called Caspiana this morning. Rural farmlands in Louisiana are littered with small abandoned homes like the one pictured above: a main room, brick chimney & wall in the middle, and then a small kitchen area on the other side. The inside of this one (pics to eventually follow) was covered with newspaper clippings from wall to wall and all over the ceiling. Dates on these clippings ranged from the 1940s to 1990s (1993 was most recent found but by no means was it an exhaustive search). There was shotgun blasts throughout the inside and outside. The more I tried to imagine its history, the stranger it became. For starters, I’m not sure of a non-neurotic reason to wallpaper the entire inside of a place with newspaper clippings. The only practical reason I could come up with was for some insulation means, but that doesn’t sound likely. The clippings from the 90s baffled me too. I find it hard to believe it was habitable in the 1990s. Then there is the issue with the clippings from the 40s. It’s likely the same person(s) that pasted the 90s would have logically done the others. Whether it was at once or over time still points back to the question of why. The shotgun blasts are likely from hunters since the house sits a few hundred yards into a rye grass field. A makeshift deer stand is feasible although I question the choice of shooting in such close quarters, and for that reason, I’m guessing younger hunters have been by the house. I could go on for pages about the weirdness of this place.