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Art & Inspiration Sitting and Rotting.............picture thread

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Royalshifter, Jan 31, 2009.

  1. For decades, Villa Epecuén was a favorite getaway for Argentina’s wealthiest. During its heyday, the town of just 1,500 could accommodate at least 5,000 visitors. This all changed the day a dam broke and flooded the area under 30 feet of water, submerging the town for over 25 years.


    Villa Epecuén was founded in 1921 as the most exclusive tourist village in the country. Built around the salty waters of Epecuén Lake, the town thrived off of the many people who yearned for the water’s therapeutic effects. Located some 370 miles away from the city of Buenos Aires, next to the border with La Pampa, it rapidly became one of the trendiest destinations in the country and was especially popular among the rich and famous. Not only was it family-friendly, but it also attracted visitors with the alleged health benefits of its mineral waters, which were said to improve skin and rheumatic conditions.


    These waters were often compared to the ones from the Dead Sea and were touted as “miraculous,” further promoting the town as the perfect vacation spot. In the late ’70s, Villa Epecuén had up to 280 businesses, which included hotels, lodges, guesthouses and a wide range of stores that served the 25,000 tourists who visited in the summer months between November and March each year.

    Yet, even though officials poured a lot of money and effort into expanding the accommodations, no one focused enough attention or resources on the containment dam that separated the lake from the town.

    On November 10, 1985, the dam broke during a storm due to a series of strong winds that made the otherwise calm waters uncontainable. The water rose at a rate of half an inch per hour, and after two weeks the wall gave up for good. Locals had to be evacuated, and homes and businesses were abandoned.

    It took almost 25 years for the water to recede to its original level, but even today a few blocks remain underwater. Currently, the town still has streets flanked by half-torn businesses and houses. The great hotels and lodges from yesteryear, surrounded by rusty cars and overgrown trees, make for a post-apocalyptic sight. Nowadays, tourists from all over the world, extreme sports enthusiasts and photographers come visit the ruins of Villa Epecuén.



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  2. rusty valley
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    great story! thanks for the reply
     
  3. rusty valley
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    click on the link he provided
     
  4. Not that, anything !! JW
     
  5. chrisp
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    I've got the waggon and the hemi but I'm putting a '60 Cad 390 in mine, it's not a big car to American standard, it's at least 1ft shorter and 5" narrower than a' 49 Chevy.
     
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  6. classiccarjack
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    I totally respect a 390 Caddy....

    But let's put a Red Ram Hemi in it! LOL

    Sorry, I just couldn't resist....

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  7. Nicholas Coe
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    Old salvage yard auction in the first two pics. Last one parked in a backyard near Tontitown, Arkansas. Has been sitting for several years. Sadly, not for sale 20150501_102428.jpeg 20150501_102255.jpeg 20150430_162442.jpeg

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  8. Oradour-sur-Glane, France: moments of Nazi massacre frozen in time

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  9. Those Nazi's were so bad! (I hate those guys.) Sad and scary photos. Here's a model A pickup. I think it's still being used as a farm truck. I didn't want to trespass. So sorry, I couldn't take any closeup pictures. Ron..... 20190311_150507.jpeg 20190312_074603.jpeg 20190312_074949.jpeg

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  10. KRB52
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    Reminds me of one a neighbor of ours had when they purchased the farm across the street from us, back when I was a kid (mid to late 60s.) The wife drove it for a few years, until there was an "issue" with it, then it was parked in the front yard. The Packard became one of many cars, trucks, tractors, etc. that became "I'm going to fix that one of these days..." Sadly, I think most of this stuff went to the scrap after they both passed.
     
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  11. chrisp
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    It's a 32, I posted pictures of those 2 cars a couple years ago on this post. The ruins of this city is the eeriest place I've ever been, the silence is really heavy and the weird part is as you move away from this place you start to hear birds, but in the city : nothing at all, just silence.
     
  12. Wow... Thanks for your comment... Really appreciate the details... I would like to see the pictures...

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  15. rusty valley
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    too shiny, give me some rusty junk
     
  16. I’m not sure how that fits in the sitting and rotting thread....


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  17. Doesn't appear to be "Sitting and rotting" which this thread is about.
     
  18. Oh Man sorry!! My mistake... The Thread was Tired of homogenized hot rods...

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  19. What's the story on this 55 delivery? I've been trying not to drag anymore stray cars home. But I could't have left without that one! :rolleyes: Ron... Here's a sitting and rotting Packard I spotted this week. It's been sitting in the pasture on a farm, for a long long time. But it needs saveing!!! 20190315_072608.jpeg 20190315_072844.jpeg

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  22. raven
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    Sodbuster! Where have you been?
    Is that Chevy coupe attainable?
    r


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  23. Sod Buster
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    That was 2005, out in the Arickaree breaks in Northwest Kansas, my guess is its still sitting there but man oh man I would have a hard time finding it, took the photo while meandering the countryside.
     
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  24. Sad Stude Speedster.......could be the one I chased for years - complete - but slowly every glass that could be broke - including dash instruments - broke out ...
     
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  25. Thanks for the posts - actually most Germans weren't bad.....they just had a bad leader !
     
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  26. Believe the chrome strip across the top is still present on that 55 Speedster.....that's different than a President from the same year.....and ya think the 55 Crown was special.........
     
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