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abandoned by the promised land


Pitt County


You can just tell with some men who they are just by shaking their hand. When I met Case Allen, owner of this 1952 Ford F1 Pickup, he stuck out his hand to shake mine. I knew right away that he worked hard for a living, that he worked with his hands and that he was going to tell me the truth about everything we talked about for the next two hours.


I had driven by this truck Friday morning after a little fishing at my secret spot during some "environmental scanning" for work. The sun was on the east side of the west facing truck, so I needed to come back later to get the shots I wanted. Coming back around 2:30 I catch Case taking with his neighbor Johnny Thorne. After introducing each other I ask him about the truck parked around pack, which Johnny chimes in that he just bought it off of Case.


Case parked this truck in 1981 because of a hole in the radiator. He said he had driven it everyday up until that point. He had told himself that he wasn't going to keep on fixing it up and the next thing that went wrong with it he was done. 10 year later some kids stole the carburator off of the truck. The farm that this truck sits on has been in his family since 1904. It sits behind the house his grandfather built and next to the well that still feeds his house.


We continued to talk about the problems facing Eastern NC's water supply, bears, BBQ, tomatoes and tractors.

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Taken on May 12, 2006