Finding History Hidden In Plain Sight

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Chapter 5. A Huge Disappointment.

Sometime later we went back to the "overlay" map, but in Satellite mode. We wanted to zoom in and see what modern landmarks are where Silas White lived. This is what we saw:

 
 

WHAT??!! Are you kidding me?? It's a construction site!! It's the place we walk past where they are building those huge houses on Penn Oak Drive. Who in their right mind would knock down one of the most historic homes in Gwynedd and replace it with a McMansion?

Augh, we were sick about it. I said to Andrea, "Let's go down there and find a rock or a pane of glass or a bottle or something we can keep as a souvenir."

 

Alas, when we got down to the site they were filling it in with dirt. The "steep slope" leading from the rude bridge had to be topped off to make room for the mansion. Any hope of rescuing even a small piece of the house was dashed. The debris had been carted away, then the location had been filled with tons of soil. The government couldn't have covered the site of a UFO crash any better than this.

So that was the end of it. The Robert Evans house was gone for good. Completely obliterated. "Missed it by that much." Man, dear. If only we had looked for it the year before, but we hadn't yet met the year before so we had never been down here.

 
The fill they used isn't even the right color. The soil in this area is full of shale and is reddish. This is awful.
 

A few weeks later, Andrea surveys the scene of the crime.
 
Over the next few months this spot was excavated and filled in TWICE! This picture was taken in 2011.
 
September 2013. The new house is under construction. This picture was taken from Penn Oak Road.
An empty lot on this street costs 1.5 million dollars. In the last four years five new houses have been built here.

The well kept lawn in the foreground belongs to the house next door. On the next page you will see the irony in
choosing this particular spot to take the picture. One small window, that probably doesn't even open, will change everything.
 

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