I Hear Banjos #14225

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The Story

This rusty 1954 Oldsmobile car covered in a pine needle blanket is a permanent resident in this vehicular old folk’s home. It’s a very old junkyard in the trees first started in the thirties. Through time, pine needles and leaves from the large forest that has grown up here cover all the ancient cars and trucks. Nature decomposes them into dirt right on the vehicles. In fact, the roofs and hoods of some are rusting through from the constant moisture.

This is a legacy junkyard, meaning ownership has passed from father to son. The owner has some playful fun with his horde of rusty old cars now that he’s retired. Done with a bit of whimsy and humor, there are transmissions lining the path, shiny hubcaps and rings are nailed to the trees, and a few silly signs have been tacked up. I have no idea what the building is for other than storage, but it’s newer than the cars.

This busted and rusted vehicle is just one of 4000 vintage vehicles out to pasture here. It takes hours to walk through this cluttered place of rusty old cars sitting in the forest that’s grown up around them. The oldest vehicles from the thirties sit where the original business began. Interestingly, the cars get younger into the seventies toward the back edge of the property. One of the best and most interesting junkyards I’ve photographed, it’s an amazing collection with a surprise around every corner. You name it, it’s in here. I made pictures here for four days and there was more to go!

This junkyard in the trees is no longer open to sell auto parts. Nowadays, it continues as an unusual tourist attraction and a mecca for photographers into junk, and as time moves on, there isn’t much call for parts for a 1954 Oldsmobile or a 1939 Hudson anymore. So here it all sits, a place where a person can look back through automotive history while walking in the woods. You really could call it an open air museum if you like.

Care for a few more images of cars in the woods? Have a look at No Passing Zone #14188 here and the very unusual black and white Branch Office #14212 here.

Image and text © Andrew Dierks

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