885 North Wilson, Radcliff, KY

The house from the front.
The house from the front.

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.

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Around the house on the right side, a grassy lot with abandoned cars sits unassumingly.

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Further investigation on the left side of the house reveals an open window and even more peeling paint and rotting boards.

Front porch view
Front porch view
Front porch view (this time from the right side).
Front porch view (this time from the right side).

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Above is a photo of the left side of the house.  The open window just begged for a peek.

Looking directly into the open window on the left side of the house, first floor.
Looking directly into the open window on the left side of the house, first floor.
A look up at the ceiling in the room with the broken window.  Looking a bit worse for wear these days....
A look up at the ceiling in the room with the broken window. Looking a bit worse for wear these days….

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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).

Left side of the house toward the back, hole visible in roof.
Left side of the house toward the back, hole visible in roof.
Back of the house.  The loss of some of the original wood exposes the underlying material and a bit of insulation.
Back of the house. The loss of some of the original wood exposes the underlying material and a bit of insulation.

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On the right side of the house (above), things seemed fairly intact–as opposed to the left.

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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.

Side view (toward the left as you're facing the house) of the back yard, lots and electric/water hook ups visible.
Side view (toward the left as you’re facing the house) of the back yard, lots and electric/water hook ups visible.

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).
http://fonolive.com/b/us/radcliff-ky/auto-service/512050/fields-automotive-service
http://www.a-zbusinessfinder.com/business-directory/Abe-Rays-Lock-Key-Shop-Radcliff-Kentucky-USA/11213595/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kangs-Sewing-Shop/161593290531027

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.
http://www.forsalebyowner.com/property/885-N-Wilson-Rd-53-Radcliff-KY-40160/50884411

That’s all for now.  As always, thanks for reading, and keep an eye out for my next adventure!!

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