Wayzata, Minnesota

Friday, August 2, 2013

Sepia Saturday - 3 August 2013 Off the Norm

"I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it was worse, perhaps, to be locked in." - Virginia Woolf


I'm drifting off the normal "follow the theme of the week" for a series of things-

Abandoned or  Ghostly Encounters.  This week is,


My post for today begins in a field.  It's a hidden location where many folks from around here, may not even know about.  Of course, that entire business of not knowing, forces an incredible urge within me, and reason enough to uncover it!  Whatever it is, sitting out there in the middle of this field, we'll all know by the end of this post.


I might as well warn you now, my post is taking you off the beaten path today.

Just remember, I warned you, we will be heading in uncharted waters, or rather fields.

There had to be a reason, that this oddly shaped building sat at the end of a dirt road with corn stalks engulfing the field, (as if to conceal it) or not.  First off, I knew some sort of human life existed here.  Why else would there be a propane tank next to it?

I bet you're as curious as I am right?   I had to discover the truth about this place.

Sure, you may be thinking it must appear to be something like this photo below right?

No way, I would never ever give this a second thought.  Obviously, it holds water.
Truthfully, it was much stranger than that.  Something I'd never seen before.  A description would be more like this.  An oddly designed, strange cylinder, with a peculiar styled tower in the center .  Which immediately brought this image to mind.
 But, no this isn't it either.

On the serious side.....

So far as yet, I haven't met any alien type folks wandering about the field.  Not yet anyway.

There won't be any need for Three D Glasses either.  But please do bring your binoculars if you can.

I uncovered this mysterious location while driving down a series of dirt roads not far from my own house.  It's so amazing (to me anyway) how you can spend so many years in one area and still come across places and things you never knew existed.  Just follow the dirt road. 

That's when I spotted something quite mysterious lurking in the center of a field all by itself, with an intention as if it were saying, "Please, come check me out.

Wouldn't you know it, the gate was secured by a padlock?

On closer inspection I didn't notice even one "No Trespassing" sign anywhere.

Still, I snapped a couple of pictures and left, to return home and consult my favorite friend, Google.  Sadly even the internet was keeping it secret and I couldn't discover one shred of information regarding this odd structure.  Yet, anyway.  So, I brought my (once licensed pilot) husband out here.

Don't laugh now, do you have any idea as to what this might be?

Okay, if you were to think about a list of things that have become obsolete, but still possibly waiting for the wrecking crew to remove it forever, then you may have already guessed what it is.

I know a list as such could be extremely long.  What with things like, Landlines, Long distance phone calls, public pay phones, dial-up, film development, maps, VCR's, Movie Rental Stores, dictionaries, telephone books and etc.  but, think about what we already know.

Here's a clue that might sway your thoughts.  Or, confuse you more.

Beacon Field Airport

Above photo just one extremely important reason why aircraft beacons were so necessary.

Are you asking, could it have something to do with aircraft beacons?

May 30, 1927
According to the Library of Congress Prints and Photos department
this is a photo of, "The first radio beacon is inaugurated.  Here is Dr. George K. Burgess, Director of the United States Bureau of Standards.
The aircraft radio beacon at College Park, Maryland, designed for guiding airplanes by radio.
This is the first radio beacon for use of civil aviation and this station is a forerunner of forty other similar installations to be established at 200-mile intervals along the 8,234 miles of civil airways.
 Here's a view of one from the east coast.

Chestnut Ridge Beacon House.
The photo below brings to mind a lighthouse for ships, but it's not.
The Black Beacon Orfordness
 If you guessed what it was before I mentioned "aircraft beacon" maybe you've already been by here.
Since that's just what my secret building is.

This is how it looks today.
I'm hoping to get a closer look, soon.
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Filip and Kristel said...

These old pictures always surprise me. The world changed a lot.


Joan said...

Loved the trip through your witty mind --- and especially liked the picture of all of the folks in 3D glasses. Thanks for the trip.

Brett Payne said...

That is an oddly shaped thing to see in a field - just the sort to rouse one's curiosity, but I trust you'll not do any trespassing ... or at least not get caught.

Alex Daw said...

Well fancy that - now we know!

Wendy said...

Oh, I thought for sure your story was leading to an ending like the one in "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."

Karen S. said...

Wendy, that was my plan! Ha! Ha! :)

sage said...

Thanks for taking us off the beaten path--at one time there must have been a side track by that water tower. Those beacon towers are clearly seen out in the desert--there are a number of them to been seen on I-15 heading down toward Vegas from Utah.

Bob Scotney said...

I would never have guessed although with the hole in the roof I thought it may be home to a telescope. My other idea was that it was an old weather station of some sort.

Little Nell said...

Goodness, well that was a revelation in more ways than one. I rather enjoyed going off the beaten path for once- Very refreshing.

Mike Brubaker said...

A creative way to illustrate your detective mystery. In Britain and France there are small squat masonry towers called Martello Towers that resemble a rook chess piece. They are not ancient but were built in the early 19th century for defence against invasion. They used a kind of optical semaphore for line of sight communication. They had only a brief life for practical military purposes but were too massive to be dismantled. The modern world still has the same kind of obsolete monuments.

Boobook said...

Google Earth has a mystery photo competition. They should include yours:)

diane b said...

You certainly make one inquisitive. One would wonder what it is and yes a little similar to a lighthouse.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

I've never heard of such a thing. Very interesting, Karen.


Kathy M.

Anonymous said...

As long as there is no Soylent Green in there, we're good.

Sharon said...

I never would have guessed!

JJ said...

The Flash Gordon series and Gort from The Day the Earth Stood Still are two of my favorites. I wish I could see them in the field!


What an odd thing indeed!!
And contrary to someone else here,
I do hope you'll trespass...
(and not get caught, of course!!),
but if you find crop circles,
run away from there.
I wouldn't want you to do your next post
from a galaxy far, far away!!

Cloudia said...


Klatu Barada Nictu!

ALOHA from Honolulu
Comfort Spiral
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tony said...

Only trespass with a camera!:)I bet it looks pretty interesting inside too!

Rob From Amersfoort said...

Oh dear, you've stumbled upon an area 51 (where are Mulder and Scully when you need them)...