In answer to your questions:
- No, I did not visit Tinnelli’s House of Wonder.
- And, yes, there IS an apostrophe missing from the sign.
But I think we all can agree that the sign added a bit of visual interest to this abandoned building.
This trip was not intended to be a road trip, but that’s how it turned out. And then that’s how we happened to be in Hugo, which as it turns out is the home to only surviving brick roundhouse in all of Colorado. The roundhouse is so important that it has its own website.
This hospital closed for good in 2001. According to this article, at the time it closed, the hospital was the second-largest employer in town, with about 120 employees. The town itself had, at the time, about 2,200 residents, so the loss of that many jobs must have damaged the town’s economy in ways that are still being felt nearly twenty years later.
And, all these years later, there is still some stuff lying around. At this point, I guess it’s safe to assume it’ll just be here forever.
Hale Center, Texas