Just up the road from Fort Knox’s Wilson gate sits this little house overlooking the Wal Mart. It’s unassuming and a bit worn, but its unique double-front door style and undeniably antique construction make it just the kind of thing that would catch the eye of an observant traveler. Enter yours truly.
A little walk-about revealed that this “house”, while it easily may have started as a family dwelling, was later modified to accommodate either apartments or a duplex. Split in half down the middle, house numbers “885A” and “885B” are clearly marked.
Around the house on the right side, a grassy lot with abandoned cars sits unassumingly.
Further investigation on the left side of the house reveals an open window and even more peeling paint and rotting boards.
Above is a photo of the left side of the house. The open window just begged for a peek.
Walking further down the left side of the house, it became quickly apparent that there was a rather large, gaping hole in the roof near the back (above).
On the right side of the house (above), things seemed fairly intact–as opposed to the left.
A walk around the back of the house revealed a lot that appeared to have water and electric hook-ups. Was this perhaps a trailer park community at one point with the house serving as the office? That would certainly seem likely.
A bit of research into this curious structure revealed that 885 N Wilson was once Fields Automotive Services (perhaps explaining the car collection on the house’s right side), Abe & Ray’s Lock & Key Shop (885A) and Kang’s Sewing Shop (885B).
A map of the location on a for-sale site didn’t list any really useful information (such as date of construction, date last sold, etc), but it does show a map that leads me to believe that the trailer park theory isn’t all that far-fetched. In the link below, the property is denoted by a pin mark. Around the house’s location is a dull gray road, likely indicating that this road is no longer in use but still in existence. While this home may have been the office of a trailer park long past, I have not been able to find anything to support this theory online despite several searches.
That’s all for now. As always, thanks for reading, and keep an eye out for my next adventure!!