The Devil Queen

How my wife and I sold our souls to the Queen Anne Victorian we tried to save.

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Location: Crow Mountain, Arkansas, United States

Synopsis: This is a cautionary tale. A seriously disturbed couple find the charming, old ruin of a Queen Anne Victorian in Russellville, Arkansas, and buy it for $1.00. They tore the roof off, cut it in half, and had it moved to some land they owned sixteen miles away because they didn't know any better. Since then, they have hired and fired contractors, had all of their tools stolen, re-wired, re-plumbed, insulated, and essentially rebuilt the entire house. Their only problem is that after four years it still isn't finished. Now they are tired, broke, and wonder what in the hell it is they've done to themselves. And, it's haunted.
(Last updated on April 3, 2008)

Press: Russellville Courier Article - December 2003, HGTV website article, AP story - October 2006, and Victorian Homes Magazine - February 2008 (link coming soon).
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Friday, April 27, 2007

The Road To Hell

The road to hell is usually paved with good intentions. In our case, it's paved with around 250 Coffeyville bricks.

Of course our path isn't finished yet, so it will probably take at least that many more to connect the parking area to the front steps.

Somewhere in the Ur-days of this blog, I had a rather extensive post about these bricks. I'm too lazy to find the post so I can link to it, so let me make a brief recap and leave it at that. These bricks are very hard, solid, and heavy because they are made from fired slate. This is far superior to fired clay bricks. They were made in Coffeyville, Kansas, some time in the first couple decades of the 20th Century. They were used to enclose the Devil Queen's crawlspace and replaced a skirt of older, locally-made, clay bricks. And, when we were preparing to move the Devil Queen, every asshole in Russellville with a pickup truck tried to steal them.

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Blogger Kristin said...

Those scavenging pick-up truck bastards! I hope you ran them off with a shot gun! :)

8:01 PM  
Blogger John said...

I didn't have that pleasure, but the manager of the business who owned the Queen ran them off.

My favorite one was the guy he'd caught with a truck full of bricks and foundation stones. He told them that they were trespassng and that he was going to stand there and watch them unload their truck, or he'd be calling the police with their license plate number and pressing charges. They emptied it.

9:14 AM  
Anonymous mindy said...

Cool bricks - that makes a great addition!

They just bulldozed an old brick house a few blocks from us and I was soooo tempted to grab the truck and haul off the bricks. I was too chicken, thinking that they might be reusing them for something and not wanting to be a theif. But nope - I later saw them going into a dump truck.

10:30 AM  

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