We’ve all seen them – previous deserted automobiles parked in place to die in a area someplace out in the midst of nowhere, left to the weather, forgotten by their homeowners after years of trustworthy service or, extra probably, given up on by semi-talented residence mechanics as they ultimately price extra to maintain operating than they had been value alive.
Generally we catch glimpses of them out the nook of an eye fixed as we fly by on an Interstate. Generally we see them in slow-motion as we cruise by way of a small city. Now and again we resolve to drag off and go verify ‘em out.
Our pal, journalist and photographer Mike Magda, checked these out.
“I’d heard about them from some buddies who had been capturing footage of previous ghost cities,” Magda mentioned. “Three Falcons simply sitting there.”
“There” was the ghost city of Owanka, South Dakota. Magda lives in Speedy Metropolis, SD, about 30 miles west of the automobiles. So when he was getting back from a wildlife shoot in Badlands Nationwide Park, he determined to make a detour and see the Falcons for himself.
Deck lid’s nonetheless there!
Owanka was settled within the late 1880s, however fell pretty rapidly on arduous instances. At its peak it had perhaps 200 individuals, a newspaper (The Owanka Bee), a college, two church buildings, two cafes and a five-story grain elevator. The city ran out of water within the ‘20s, then the railroad which had been its lifeblood, and which introduced water to the city, stopped bringing it after which moved its depot agent out of city. This was after the financial institution was robbed – probably an inside job – and a scandal within the native college drove extra individuals away. A homicide within the city in 1940 additional divided the remaining residents and by now there’s imagined to be only one household left, in accordance with native historian Connie J. Mickelson.
It was into all this historical past that our man Magda drove final week, looking for Falcons. He discovered them, in addition to a pair vans.
“These three Falcons simply killed me,” he mentioned.
He guesses they’re between 1960 and 1962 mannequin years. The primary-gen Ford Falcon debuted in 1960 and went by way of to 1963. They had been offered within the hundreds of thousands, with unibody development holding a 144-cubic inch straight six that powered the rear wheels by way of a three-in-the-tree guide. You can get a brand new one for lower than $2000 again within the day.
However that was 57 years in the past. And now right here they sit, their histories forgotten, like Owanka itself. One among them suffers the indignity of a tree rising by way of the empty engine bay. We steered to Magda that we might repair one up and drag race it. He steered the two-door purple coupe, “It might look good with a 427 SOHC motor operating A/Fuel!”
However who’re we kidding? Until… Who’s in?