Throwback to 2008, early in my exploring journey as I drove the backroads of Saskatchewan in search of abandoned buildings. I owned a crappy little camera and was all about documenting sites vs taking good photos. Now I care about both, and I own much better gear. I have no regrets though - a good majority of the places I visited are long since gone and the only record I have is my images. Even though they may not be the best, they still do tell a story...and that's the point right?
The Aldous house, also known as the "blue kitchen house" is a gorgeous 2 storey home built from cement blocks in rural Saskatchewan.
Robert Benjamin, son of Benjamin and Catherine Aldous, came west from Ontario in 1883. He spent some time working on the construction of the C.P.R railroad west from Brandon. He arrived in Wolseley and started to check out the area. He obtained entry for his homestead in august of 1883.
Robert lived in a tent from April 1, 1884 until July of that year, when his log house was built. The winter of 1884 he spent in Regina, and in 1885 he married Hannah Elizabeth Morton. They were absent from the farm the following winter, when he operated an engine in a mill at Fort Qu'Appelle. R.B. Aldous operated a steam-powered engine for custom threshing and breaking of the sod in the surrounding area.
The definition of "abandoned"
1. having been deserted or cast off.
Similar: deserted, forsaken, cast aside/off, stranded, rejected, dumped, ditched, unused, disused, neglected, idle, unoccupied, uninhabited
2. unrestrained; uninhibited.
I have been exploring abandoned buildings all over Saskatchewan and beyond since 2007.