Now you may be saying to yourself, Halloween adventure? Why in the world would an old silo, perfectly ordinary looking to me, be the subject of a Halloween adventure? Well, step along with me and find out. PS: This post inspired by a reader that is very interested in the silo and is thinking of converting it into living quarters...
Here is the object of our attention. The wind is blowing hard today and the whole structure is moaning and groaning and howling. The noise is enough to make the superstitious nervous, especially if it was the 31st. But it's not and we are brave souls right? Let's take a closer look.
Well, here we are at the "front door." I am tall enough to step/hop/scoot through the lowest hole, so I'll help you through. Mind your head...
But before I help you in, do look up. It's quite a sight.
As we step in, wow, what a mess. What you see on the ground is tons of twine for big round bales, that the previous owner/tenent decided to pile here. As you step on the ground it is curiously springy, almost like the rubber athletic asphalt, but more so. Very spooky don't you agree?
Wow, it's a long way up. Couldn't climb out if we got locked in. Do stay close to the door so we don't get "accidentally" shut in, wouldn't you? Meanwhile I'll take some measurements. Hold the measuring tape at the door...that's great...ok, it's 14ft across, so a 14ft diameter. You could maybe have spartan living quarters here...but look, on the ground. Did any of you sing a song in school that went like this:
Have you seen the ghost of John?
White with no skin on the booones,
Whooo, whooooo, whooo, whooo,
Wouldn't it be chilly with no skin on?
No, just me? How odd. Well anyway, we know who John's bones are, but who are these?
Spooky! Let's get out of here! Race you back to the house!
Now that we are back at the house, safe and sound, I am doing a little math for the curious reader. There are 31 spaces between the wire holding the blocks. There is 15" between each wire to the next. So that makes 465" of space going up or 38 3/4' of silo, not counting the open wires at the top. If you'd make each floor 8 feet tall you could have 4 floors, maybe having to add a little more at the top to allow for floor thickness. The roof could be a marvelous observation platform to look at stars. So if you only had the bare essentials or were good at using space, you could have a bedroom, a living room, kitchen, and a bath, with a tiny staircase that hunged the wall spiraling up from the bottom to top. Not too shabby.
But the real question is, would you be brave enough to live there???