Abandoned Desert Buildings On Creepy Lunar Landscapes

Abandoned Desert Buildings On Creepy Lunar Landscapes

These photos by Ed Freeman all elicit a deep sense of alienation and a weird sort of fascination. They underline questions that we want answered. What happened here? Who lived here? How did these places fall into disrepair?

Through the atrophy of the material world we can get this uncomfortable sense that we’re all destined for flux, termination and migration. Everything that we build to comfort ourselves is only temporary and literally built on the shifting sands.

Abandoned Desert Buildings On Creepy Lunar Landscapes
On the border of Nevada and California, near Death Valley

 Ed Freeman Image Source

Abandoned Desert Buildings On Creepy Lunar Landscapes

  Ed Freeman Image Source

Photographer Ed Freeman has had an interesting life. He worked for many years in in the music industry; as the road manager on the Beatles’ last tour. He also composed orchestral arrangements for Carly Simon and Cher, and produced Don McLean’s American Pie.

Abandoned Desert Buildings On Creepy Lunar Landscapes
The Do Drop Inn on Route 66

 Ed Freeman Image Source

Abandoned Desert Buildings On Creepy Lunar Landscapes
A temporary house built during WWII in Trona with strange wood panelling

Ed Freeman Image Source

These derelict properties in the desert and byways of Southern California show that Ed Freeman also an immensely talented photographer.

Abandoned Desert Buildings On Creepy Lunar Landscapes
A house in Nyland California

 Ed Freeman Image Source

All of these haunting images are available for purchase at Ed Freeman’s website

I hope you like these images, keep me in the know of any other cool abandoned buildings you find online…

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14 thoughts on “Abandoned Desert Buildings On Creepy Lunar Landscapes

    1. Thanks for stopping by Janet, and thanks for always liking my other posts appreciate it. They are very spooky these images, I imagine they wouldn’t look out of place in a Stephen King film adaptation or a horror film 🙂


  1. This is a GREAT post!!

    I really feel sorry for the Do Drop Inn. The name of the place sounds so inviting and in the days before inter-state highways, when RT 66 was THE road to travel the United States, I would imagine it was a very busy place.

    Rt 66 stretched nearly the entire length of the states from east to west with bustling towns busy with travelers and tourism.

    In the 1960s there was even a TV anthology show titled “RT 66” which featured everything from love stories to murder mysteries. The series followed two men as they travelled across the United States along this famous road. Each episode took place in a different town and they were all shot on location.

    When the inter-state highways were built, people were able to travel great distances in a short period of time. RT 66 was by-passed by travelers and tourists. Over time, as less people used RT 66 most of the towns that ran its length were forgotten and many were abandoned.

    Sorry if I got a bit long-winded here. Thanks again for this wonderful post!!!

    Very Best Regards,


    1. I love this extra history you’ve given me Eric. I think you should write a post of your own about this and incorporate some of these fascinating tidbits. Have you travelled on RT66 before? My brother wants to travel to the states get one of those big American cars and do RT66 in a fancy old car. I think it’s a guy thing, big cars and big open spaces. Although I would love to do this myself too, wouldnt be the first place I would pick. What places in the US are your favourite? I think if anything I love nature so probably Arizona, South Dakota, and New Mexico. I have a friend who lived in New Mexico and she loved it. Anywhere that nature runs wild is beautiful. Take care, thanks for stopping by and have a good weekend 🙂 x

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      1. Unfortunately I have never travelled along RT 66 but the big car and wide open spaces does sound inviting.

        I live near Chicago in Illinois which is a great state nature-wise.

        In the 1960s, when I was young, my family and I took a road trip to the Grand Canyon in Arizona. It was the most astounding place I’ve ever seen. We took a plane ride into the canyon which I think the park service doesn’t allow anymore. I still have the photos I took somewhere. I should look for them.

        While we were driving to the Grand Canyon I got to see some amazing sights; the Ozark Mountains with its twisted trees in Arkansas, dust devils swirling on the plains of Oklahoma(?) and the great meteor crater, ancient lava fields and the petrified forest in northern Arizona. We also visited Indian ruins in New Mexico and Arizona.

        These places made a big impression on me. At the time I wanted to be an archeologist so I really focused my young mind on the details of the places we visited.

        Perhaps you’re right. Maybe I should put a post together. I’ll look for the photos and if they aren’t too degraded I’ll post them. Thanks for putting the thought into my brain.

        Regarding your wanting to visit the northern states. We took a vacation to the St. Germain Lakes west of Eagle River in northern Wisconsin. We rented a cabin in a forested area off the shore of the Little St Germain Lake. At night you could hear all manner of animals, large and small moving about the cabin. My wife insists that one night she peeked out the window and saw a bear. It reminded me of the Hunter S Thompson quote “It was the Law of the Sea, they said. Civilization ends at the waterline. Beyond that, we all enter the food chain, and not always right at the top.”
        Just replace the word “sea” with “wilderness”.

        Aside from that northern Wisconsin was beautiful and I got to see a lot of American Bald Eagles, fish, deer and bats (which flew over the lake before dawn and at sunset catching mosquitoes).

        I hope you get the chance to visit the northern states. I’m sure you won’t regret it.

        Take care!!

        Very Best Regards,


      2. Sorry for the delay in replying. I loved these suggestions you made. I will put them all onto my fantasy list of places I need to go in my lifetime. I love the Hunter S Thompson quote as well “It was the Law of the Sea, they said. Civilization ends at the waterline. Beyond that, we all enter the food chain, and not always right at the top.” He has so many awesome quotes. Henry David Thoreau is another one with great quotes about spirituality and nature. Here is one I like “This world is but a canvas to our imagination.”

        Grand Canyon and the Ozark mountains sound like my cup of tea. Lots of animals that I rarely have seen as they aren’t anywhere except the Zoo in Australia and New Zealand.

        If you have any pics to share of your adventures in these places and the animals would love to see them.

        Take care, talk soon

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