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    Default Ghost towns near Lake Okeechobee, Florida

    This past saturday Nov 10th I went on a ghost town day trip looking for sites along the east side of Lake Okeechobee, near the Belle Glade area. I had gone there earlier in the year and found Fruitcrest and Geerworth, two small farming communities that were wiped out in the Hurricane of 1928.

    After doing more research I found 3 others that met with the same fate; Ritta Island, Okeelanta, and Chosen. Plus Gladecrest, a farm village that was abandoned years earlier due to poor soil conditions and minimal crop output. At least that town left before the big storm.

    The 1928 Hurricane swept over Lake Okeechobee, creating a huge 17 foot high wall of water which flooded and destroyed many of the small towns along the southeastern edge. It's estimated to have killed 2300 people, more than a third of the area population of 6,000.

    Neither Fruitcrest, Geerworth, nor any of the 4 townsites I visited on this trip were ever rebuilt. Ritta Island stands completely empty, and all five of the others are now forgotten spots among the Glades area sugarcane fields.
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    However, going over to the shore of Lake Okeechobee did give me a chance to visit my winter home
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    Lakefront property isnt easy to find these days
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    another successful ghost town hunt
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    MMW, Nice write-up and pics. Thanks for sharing. That summer home of yours' could use a few windows. What do you think the building was used for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mainmanwalkin View Post
    another successful ghost town hunt
    Yeah, you have that "another satisfied customer" grin going on. Man, it's flat down that way! Imagine the fear a 17 foot wall of water would have caused. Poor s.o.b's.
    The summer house also needs a lick of paint, fella!
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    Nice pics, MMW....thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by LauraA View Post
    MMW, Nice write-up and pics. Thanks for sharing. That summer home of yours' could use a few windows. What do you think the building was used for?
    Not sure what it was used for originally, other than something to do with the lake. Those are two thick pipes going up into the building, although I didnt open the door or get too close because it was crawling with wasps.

    As you can tell by the rust, holes and lack of a complete roof, it hasnt been in use in quite a while. So I guess that make it... a "ghost building"!

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    Ah, to be sure, it is, it is! A fine man, of impecable tastes and vices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mainmanwalkin View Post
    To Gravelrash: if you look closely you can see I'm wearing a Guiness t-shirt
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    If you ever come to Vegas, we have an official Guiness micro brewery.

    http://www.mcmullansirishpub.com/index.cfm

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