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Abandoned places:

Stone Staircase
Sans Souci
(Pt. 5)
Waterloo, IA

Abandoned Places: San Souci

-Sans Souci Island is an island in the Cedar River in the city of Waterloo, Iowa. The island has a population of between 40 and 50 residents[1] and is 100 acres (40 ha) in size, with most of the land area being woodland.[1] The island was severely affected by the Iowa flood of 2008. By June 10, 2008 the island’s entire population was forced to evacuate following the breach of a sandbag dike.

-Wikipedia

Just in a short five years time, the island of Sans Souci looks completely abandoned. I went exploring last week and was amazed at how beautiful and lonely the island had become, and how fast it changed. There are places where stone and brick is still in the ground, barely visible from nature’s take back. The stone walls and fire place look as if there are centuries old and have not seen human life in decades. On the opposite side of the walls and river, I found an old abandoned trail that lead into the forest. The trails leads to seemingly nowhere, only to the end of the other side of the island, and the river.

Sans Souci is beautiful and it was so fun to adventure the island and get lost.

And in case you were wondering, Sans Souci is French and means carefree. Which is very ironic with it’s destruction in the 2008 floods. 

Abandoned places:

Lost Forest Trail
Sans Souci
(Pt. 4)
Waterloo, IA

Abandoned places:

Rusted Trailer
Sans Souci
(Pt. 3)
Waterloo, IA

Abandoned places:

Stone Wall
Sans Souci
(Pt. 2)
Waterloo, IA

Abandoned places:

Stone Fireplace
Sans Souci
(Pt. 1)
Waterloo, IA

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