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Old 01-31-2012, 03:29 PM   #76
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This was a cool thread indeed!!
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Old 01-31-2012, 03:34 PM   #77
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Then....
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And now...
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Old 01-31-2012, 04:27 PM   #78
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Smoky Hill Trail.

Alexander Gardner 1867, the Cheyenne were burning the prairies to destroy the grass trying to keep the soldiers off the Smoky when Gardner traveled the trail. Gardner had a small military escort when he ventured just to the south of the Kansas Pacific RR onto the Smoky Hill Trail, I-70 parellels the old trail all the way to Denver, it was the I-70 of old. This site is a little west of Fort Hays.




This was as close as I could get due to not having permision to get to this site. The angle of the dangle is not quite right, and Gardner was a lot closer.


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Old 01-31-2012, 08:04 PM   #79
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Just a little off topic...

I hope you don't mind this, but I'd like to add something to aid all you adventurers and ghost town lovers. There are numerous books out there about ghost towns and old mining camps. most of what I've read aren't really that great. Two that i do recomment are;

Nevada Ghost Towns & Mining Camps, Stan Paher's Illustrated Atlas.

The Mining Camps Speak, A new way to explore the ghost towns of the American West. By Beth and Bill Sagstetter.

Paher's book will help you discover 100's of old mining camps and ghost town throughout Nevada. It is full of photos and descriptions of the areas, along with brief histories of each. He has many other books in print that are also very helpful.

The Sagstetter book is more concerned with explaining to the layman what he/she is seeing when looking at the old mining equipment one finds lying about at these sites. It, too, is just stuffed full of great photos and drawings.

I bring these up to help encourage more folks to get out there and explore. And while doing so, add more pages to this magnificent thread.
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Old 01-31-2012, 08:25 PM   #80
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The Sagstetter book is more concerned with explaining to the layman what he/she is seeing when looking at the old mining equipment one finds lying about at these sites. It, too, is just stuffed full of great photos and drawings.
I've been looking for a book like this one. I travel all over this state and see rusting machinery lying everywhere and I have no idea what I'm looking at.
My local library has the book and I'll be there this week.
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In the neighbour village

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Old 02-01-2012, 06:27 AM   #82
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Thats interesting , the house blocks the canal ?
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Old 02-01-2012, 06:41 AM   #83
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Do you know anything about the history of this building, like its age?
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Old 02-01-2012, 07:46 AM   #84
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GSPep... Those are interesting changes over the past 30 years... the paint, the fence, the neighboring homes/structures.

A few more...

The well attended Boulder Falls in Boulder Canyon with well attended to men sitting still for the cam...


The Falls were closed to stabilize the rocks and hillside behind me, so I looked left and right and snuck in for a pic with no one present...


Platoro was a flare and fade mining community in deep southern Colorado...


Today, it mostly sees residents in the summer. If you have a DS bike, while not observable in this pic, the South San Juan Wilderness abounds in all directions. Forest Road 250 winds through it all, and it is a truly magical place that will put you in a I-have-no-words-to-say trance...


Russell Gulch is another boom and bust town. During boom times over a thousand lived here...


Today during bust times it is hardly populated with people, but it is populated with old and empty and small miners cabins...


If you hopped off the train in St. Elmo in 1878, this is how you might have been greeted...


If you rode in today...


And after walking through town and looking back in 1880...


And doing the same today...
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Old 02-02-2012, 03:48 AM   #85
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Thats interesting , the house blocks the canal ?
It's not a canal. Behind the building a small river continues. It's a tidal watermill. It uses the 6 meters difference between high and low tide to turn the wheel.
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Do you know anything about the history of this building, like its age?
The first time it's mentioned was in documents from the 14th century. It was completely rebuilt in the 17th century. And it was completely restored and put back in working order in the 1990's.

The tower in the back is already from the 12th century.
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Fort Hays, Kansas.

The old Block House at Fort Hays, it was first called Fort Fletcher but was little more than tents and dugouts at that time. The Block House was the first stone building. The Indian forts of Kansas run east to west Leavenworth, Riely, Harker, Hays, Wallace along the Smoky Hill River to guard the Kansas Pacific, Wallace was continually under siege by the plains tribes at this time. Spliting off at Harker the forts were stationed along the Arkansas River or Santa Fe Trail to the southwest, Forts Zarah, Larned and Dodge.

The Block House 1867.



Custer and his wife Libby spent the summers of 1869 1870 camped outside the fort on the prairies around Fort Hays.




Fort Hays was a stop on the B.O.D. Butterfield Overland Despatch, the stage to Denver, the Smoky Hill route cut a little over one hundred miles off the trip verses the Platte route. You could pay dearly for the quicker trip as the southern and northern plains tribes held the Smoky Hill River Valley as being their last chance at holding on, and they were trying their best to keep this road shut down.





As the railroad made its way west the stage route would shorten as you rode the train as far as possible then switched to the stage. Butterfield lost a lot of men and stock from about Hays on out as the Cheyenne and Sioux attacked and burned the stage stations along the Smoky.





An old mileage tabel of stage stops along the B.O.D. Pond Creek is the last stop in Kansas and Goose Creek is the first stop in Colorado, the Indian threat lessened the further you moved west towards Denver, as the huge herds of buffalo were concentrated to the east by this time.




A Butterfield Stage to Denver, with military escort, Fort Hays, Kansas. Alexander Gardner 1867.



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The first time it's mentioned was in documents from the 14th century. It was completely rebuilt in the 17th century. And it was completely restored and put back in working order in the 1990's.

The tower in the back is already from the 12th century.
Here in Colorado, 100 years ago is considered old, but when I work on archaeological survey crews in the mountains we find artifacts that are more than a thousand years old.
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Little West of Steamboat

Our local paper ran a series on then and now pictures from around Craig CO.
South of Craig


Ex Colorado Governor Johnson homestead east of Maybell CO

Downtown Craig

Looking south

And my favorite, taken by the editor of the Hayden Newspaper Nick DeLuca
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Old 02-02-2012, 07:20 PM   #90
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The Hartsel hotel...


I pulled over here unplanned, remembering I had seen a photo of this location, but didn't have the old pic with me. Had to guess. What isn't seen/known, is the temps were 10f when I paused for this single pic, freezing my poor little digits when the gloves off! I learned the '07 R12GSADV's temp gauge stops displaying at 14f, then springs back to life when temps climb above 14f. Came pretty close...
The best thing about Hartsel:

H.O.B. Cafe & Saloon


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