Return to Crystal Springs
We first visited Crystal Springs in 2005, primarily to photograph the abandoned school which is quite visible from the Interstate. We didn’t find out until later that we had neglected to photograph a portion of Crystal Springs which sits just north of the highway. So, on Memorial Weekend of 2013, we returned to Crystal Springs.
The re-painting that someone began on the old church was never finished, and now the church is deteriorating again, the boarded-up front door kicked-in by vandals. The roof of the school has collapsed in places and the elements pour in. On the north side of the Interstate rests the former spring — a stopping off point for tourists in the pre-interstate era. We’ve heard many accounts from travelers who enjoyed a drink of cold water from the spring on a family trip through Crystal Springs. While many towns suffered when they were bypassed by an Interstate, Crystal Springs’ decline was hastened when it was bisected by the Interstate, effectively cutting the town in two.
Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC