Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Riding the hand cart at Boreas Pass Railroad Day

An IR image taken at the Boreas Pass Railroad day, in Como Colorado. Como is a ghost town, but recent efforts have stabilized and restored a number of the historic buildings. On  Boreas Pass Railroad Day all of the buildings are open to the public. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Fallen down shack

This corner of the site consists of this shack, and a number objects scattered around it, such as the shovel and spring.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Found Objects

One of the exciting things about the ghost town at Garnet, is its high state of preservation. I'm used to ghost towns here in Colorado being used for target practice. This site is in beautiful shape and is filled with interesting objects.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Garnet Ghost Town: Miners Cabin

In the 1800s miners migrated north from played-out placer mines in California and Colorado. Placer mining of gold or other minerals is done by washing the sand, gravel, etc. with running water, but by 1870 most area placer mining was no longer profitable. The Garnet Mountains attracted miners who collected the gold first by panning, then by using rockers and sluice boxes as the free-floating gold diminished. Although miners had located gold-bearing quartz veins, the lack of decent roads and refined extracting and smelting techniques, made further development unfeasible at that time. Silver mines elsewhere started to draw the miners out of the Garnet Mountains, but in 1893, the repeal of the Sherman Silver Purchase Act set off a panic throughout the region. Silver mines closed, and within weeks thousands of unemployed miners were on to gold mining in the Garnets. Miners began to trickle back.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Garnet Ghost Town: Kelly's Saloon

"Garnet was named for the semi-precious ruby-colored stone found in the area and it was a good place to live. The surrounding mountains were rich in gold-bearing quartz. There was a school, the crime rate was low, and liquor flowed freely in the town’s many saloons. The bawdy houses did a brisk business and Missoula and Deer Lodge were close enough for necessary supplies."

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Garnet Ghost Town

This is the first of a roll of images made at the Garnet Ghost Town near Missoula Montana. I liked the form of the chain hanging on the side of the log cabin.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Monday, August 8, 2016

Virginia City Montana Adobe

An old adobe meeting house in Virginia City Montana. Photographed in early morning light. It was hard to get this structure without cars parked in front of it.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Photographer’s Formulary Barn

The Photographer’s Formulary in Montana has this great barn. I had intended to make a few shots, but time and the light got away from me and only make this one. Its dusk and the light is fading.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

From Loveland Pass

IR image of the view south west from Loveland Pass with Arapahoe Basin Ski basin in the distance.