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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Lost

I am posting a series of photos today, hoping someone can help me solve a mystery. I was hiking behind Trillium Lake up in the Mt Hood National Forest a few weekends ago. The path I was following had taken me about a mile north of the lake. The trail was deserted; I saw no one else on the path except my dog. All of a sudden to my left I saw this car out in the bushes, about 20 ft off the path. I made my way over and the mystery began. First of all, does anyone know what kind of car this is? It had obviously been there for a really long time. Secondly, I have no idea how it got there in the middle of the woods! There is no evidence of even an old abandoned logging road out where I was, so I can't imagine how it ended up at this final resting place. Kinda creepy really. But interesting!





15 comments:

  1. Well, I can't identify its make, but I do know it is very old because I remember the window and door handles. There has been plenty of time for the woods to grow up around it, obliterating any traces of an old track that probably wasn't a real road at any time.
    On the other hand, there is no engine, so it might not have weighed a lot, and could have been put there as a prank. Either way, it has been there more than 50 years, I'm pretty sure, probably close to 60 years.

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  2. I don't know what kind it is, but it's beautiful. Nice that there's still so much blue. You have documented it very well.

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  3. It sort of looks like an old Studebaker pickup I once helped to restore. Very curious! :)

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  4. A graveyard for old cars junked, abandon unceremoniously is my best guess!!

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  5. It reminds me of an old car in our Northern Ontario backyard (33 acres).

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  6. Great shots of your mysterious abandoned car. Maybe some homeless person made use of it a very long time ago. Its very old as someone said because of the door handles and bumpers that look like a Studebaker.

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  7. So did a car get stolen and abandoned? Mystery indeed.
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  8. What a mystery it is. Wonderful photos!

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  9. I love finding stuff like this. It very well may go back to early 20th century logging, we're so overgrown here in the Pacific Northwest. Cool find!

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  10. We always like a good mystery, don't we?

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  11. You were lucky that no corpse was inside, lol !
    Gattina
    ABC Team

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  12. I LOOOOVE mysteries! But sadly can't help you with this one as I know nothing about cars - except that this old rusting one makes mighty fine shots!

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  13. That is sooooo COOL! And a little bit creepy too, I might add. Who knows who dumped it there and why. Could have been a bank job during the depression. It looks way older than 60 years; remember that would have only been 1951. No license plate? Maybe do some research on crimes in the area from 70-80 years ago?

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  14. Oh, what a wonderful story this scenario would make. Okay, all you writers out there!

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  15. What a mystery - but I love the photos

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