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Sun Dried Piano
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Rhyolite

Gold was discovered in 1904 here in Rhyolite NV. There were over 2000 claims covering everything in a 30 mile area from here. The most promising was the Montgomery Shoshone mine, which prompted everyone to move to the Rhyolite townsite. The town immediately boomed with buildings springing up everywhere. One building was 3 stories tall and cost $90,000 to build. A stock exchange and Board of Trade were formed. The red light district drew women from as far away as San Francisco. There were hotels, stores, a school for 250 children, an ice plant, two electric plants, foundries and machine shops and even a miner’s union hospital.
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.32 a gallon

Boulder Utah gas stop before heading off to Page UT.
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Bahia Honda

The Bahia Honda Rail Bridge is a derelict railroad bridge in the lower Florida Keys connecting Bahia Honda Key with Spanish Harbor Key. It was originally part of the Overseas Railway, but the state of Florida purchased it from the Florida East Coast Railway after the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane and converted it for automobile use as part of the Overseas Highway in 1938. After a replacement Bahia Honda Bridge was opened in 1972, two spans of the old bridge were removed for the safety of boaters. Wikipedia
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Retired

Probably produced food, feed and sore farmer butts. Found this in Pine Valley Utah which is a picture perfect town the head of the Santa Clara River in the Pine Valley Mountains, and was settled in 1859. The population was 186 at the 2020 census. Significant landmarks include the Pine Valley Mormon Chapel designed by shipbuilder Ebenezer Bryce (Bryce Canyon National Park is named after him) in 1868 using the scheme of an upside-down boat.It is the oldest Mormon chapel in continuous use.
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Neon Boneyard

Las Vegas has a wonderful, and growing, collection of old signs. They are refurbishing then decorating the streets with some that look fantastic after dark.
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I might be the same age…

Now that hurts.
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Roadside Art

Somewhere in Utah... I drove past maybe a mile or two, then turned around, got the camera out.......I simply had to.
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South Dakota Homestead

The territory that would become South Dakota was added to the United States in 1803 as part of the Louisiana Purchase. The first permanent American settlement was established at Fort Pierre by the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1804. White settlement of the territory in the 1800s led to clashes with the Sioux, as some of the lands had been granted to the tribe by an earlier treaty. Nevertheless, the territory was incorporated into the union on November 2, 1889, along with North Dakota.
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Color Splash

Walking through old downtown Las Vegas this effort could not be ignored.
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Radial Aircraft Engine

Nelson Nevada Mines, active from about 1858 until 1945. Many of the men that created this area were deserters from the Civil War. This was one of the first major gold strike areas in Nevada. Now a gold mine of great junk. Many open mines and ventilation shafts-use caution. Man who lived here after the mines closed was a hoarder.
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Nevada Suntan

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Rhyolite Nevada

In it’s day this was a large wealthy city until the gold mine stopped producing.
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Sun Baked

Nevada sun.....
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Nelson Art

Nelson Nevada is a wonderful collection of photogenic junk, cholla cactus, snakes and an old gold mine.
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Early 1900s

Nelson Nevada Mines, active from about 1858 until 1945. Many of the men that created this area were deserters from the Civil War. This was one of the first major gold strike areas in Nevada. Now a gold mine of great junk.
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Attached to the earth

Maybe 50 years ago it was parked?
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Civilian Conversation Corps

Nelson Nevada Mines, active from about 1858 until 1945. Many of the men that created this area were deserters from the Civil War. This was one of the first major gold strike areas in Nevada. Now a gold mine of great junk. Many open mines and ventilation shafts-use caution. Man who lived here after the mines closed was a hoarder.
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Lincoln

Not exactly sure of the year but over 50 years old.
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Window Art

It made walk over..so colorful, strong yet delicate.
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Plymouth

One of thousands
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Barn door

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Sun Dried Piano

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Chryslers

Hope I look that good in my 80s
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Headframe

Defunct gold mine near Pioche Nevada. The headframe is the structure above the mine shaft that enabled the hoisting of machinery, personnel, or materials. The building to the left contains the steam engine that provided the lift power. Always have to be carful around these places.
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And here it shall remain

At least someone mows around it.
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Nevada Forgotten

Sometimes black & white works well and some photos just need color. This one was taken in both but the lack of color makes for better edges.
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It’s an odd thing to photograph

But I can't help myself sometimes...usually
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Silver Mine

Pioche NV has lots of abandoned mines. The building contained the machinery to lift the ore up the shaft that is at the base of the wooden structure. I am always very careful where I step anywhere near these things.
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A hard worker in its day

Flat bed truck from long ago
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Pioche Nevada

On the site of an old ore processing plant established in 1891 that's been closed for about 45 years. The mill is intact and very interesting to photograph. This is just one of a few outbuildings on the property.
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Lift Engine

Used to lift the ore cart up the mine shaft. This is an old silver mine in Pioche Nevada. These old mines are pretty spooky to explore, have to be very very careful.
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Ford

I really like photographing old vehicles.
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Abandoned Hotel

Pioche NV is a dying town with plenty of old building such as this one.
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International Harvester

Delivery truck R.I.P. in Nevada
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One of many

Walking around downtown Las Vegas on lower Fremont Street almost all of these old motels were boarded up due to the Covid shutdown.
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Chevrolet

Sunscreen is a must when laying out in the Nevada sun.
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Old Godbe Mill Property Nevada

Abandoned mine building
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International

Baking in the Nevada sun
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Ore Mill

Old Godbe Mill - A silver-ore processing mill located in Pioche Nevada, the Godbe Mill was established in the 1920s, and abandoned in the 1940s.
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Godbe Mill

Old Godbe Mill - A silver-ore processing mill located in Pioche Nevada, the Godbe Mill was established in the 1920s, and abandoned in the 1940s.
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Overseas Highway

Built in 1893 to connect Key Largo and Key West via steam train. Finished in 1912 the tracks were laid over 126 miles of ocean.
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Las Vegas

Walking for blocks away from the normally vibrant downtown area the economic signs of the pandemic are shockingly evident.
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Ford Forgotten

Spotted from a highway somewhere in South Dakota
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Once upon a time

Thompson's Opera House, also known as Brown's Hall, Brown's Opera House or the Gem Theater, is a small theater building in Pioche, Nevada. The Opera House is a wood frame building built in 1873, attached roughly to the adjoining brick Gem Theater, a 1937 masonry cinema. Wikipedia
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Neglect in Old Town

Unfortunately Havana is crumbling due to neglect by a poor government which owns all buildings. Outside of Havana the towns are similar or better than most Carribean counties but Havana is truly in tough shape.
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Mountain View Hotel

Built in 1895, this historic hotel in Pioche NV is located next door to the 1872 Lincoln County Courthouse. It has housed guests over the years such as President Herbert Hoover, state and national congressmen, and miner millionaires.
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You ask why?

Because I was wandering around this group of about 10 long, very long abandoned houses. They had been beat up, partied in, open to weather and quasi occupied by people I didn't want to meet. When I saw this one square of ancient surviving tough toilet paper just barely hanging on the roll I decided it should be documented. Since I took it, someone burned some of these old houses down. So....that's why. A friend even had this printed and it's proudly hung in her powder bath. There are no rules in photography.
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Modena Nevada

J.B. Lund hotel. Founded in 1898 when the railroad first came through the area, water at the nearby Desert Springs made the site an obvious choice for a railroad depot where steam engines could refill their water tanks. In the early 1900s merchants from as far away a Mesquite and St. George would head to Modena to pick up goods shipped by rail. With the invention of diesel engines that no longer needed to stop for water, however, the depot in Modena was rendered obsolete. The railroad company began to allow workers to live in nearby Enterprise, and slowly the town's population dwindled.
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Old Farm Truck

Found this behind some buildings on an old settlers farm. When a 3 legged very ugly mean dog showed up it was time to quickly get back to the car.
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School Bus

Found on an old farm in Utah.
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Las Vegas Signs

Near downtown Las Vegas there is a non-profit organization that has been saving old outdoor signs from destruction. For a donation you can enter their yard and view the signs. Once a month you can make a larger donation and enter after dark for the purpose of taking photographs. About 2/3rds of the signs are lit in some fashion so against a dusky sky they make for some interesting photos.
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Union Pacific

In Nevada with no sign of any railroad tracks.
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Fort Ord California

The base was named in honor of Union Army Maj. Gen. Edward Otho Cresap Ord. Initially, horse cavalry units trained at the camp, though eventually, mobile combat units such as tanks, armored personnel carriers, and movable artillery joined the base. Before its closure in 1994, it stood as a fascinating army base. It is located on the Monterey Bay of California’s Pacific coast, and after its abandonment, some of the land was converted into the Fort Ord National Monument. This monument is handled by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management as part of the National Landscape Conservation System. Although it is beautifully situated, the base has a dark history of environmental destruction. It is now one of the most toxic places in America. Its grounds were the site of 100 square kilometers of petroleum leakages, dump sites, landfills, and a large number of unexploded mines. During its peak, the base held some 50,000 soldiers, some serving in the Korean War and some in the Vietnam war.
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Abandoned school/hospital

St. Coletta School for Exceptional Children (formerly known as "St. Coletta Institute for Backward Youth"). Pretty interesting history if you want to look it up.
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Rhyolite Nevada

By 1914, Rhyolite was in decline and by 1919, it was a deserted ghost town. Its last resident died in 1924.
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Ghost Town

By 1914, Rhyolite Nevada was in decline and by 1919, it was a deserted ghost town. Its last resident died in 1924. In it's day was a producing gold mining town.
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Nelson Nevada

Nelson Nevada Mines, active from about 1858 until 1945. Many of the men that created this area were deserters from the Civil War. This was one of the first major gold strike areas in Nevada. Now a gold mine of great junk. Many open mines and ventilation shafts-use caution.
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In the Nevada sun

This and other colorful jewels can be found in Nelson Nevada
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Photographic Junk

Nelson Nevada Mines, active from about 1858 until 1945. Many of the men that created this area were deserters from the Civil War. This was one of the first major gold strike areas in Nevada. Now a gold mine of great junk. Many open mines and ventilation shafts-use caution.
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If walls could talk

Old motel on Fremont Street in Las Vegas
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Nelson

Nelson Nevada Mines, active from about 1858 until 1945. Many of the men that created this area were deserters from the Civil War. This was one of the first major gold strike areas in Nevada. Now a gold mine of great junk. Many open mines and ventilation shafts-use caution. The man who lived here after the mines closed was a hoarder. There are maybe 20 of these WWII trainers.
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Off the highway discovery

Lots of bullet holes
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I had to take a photo

Nowhere Utah
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Pine needle blanket

Old auto salvage yard in Georgia.
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General Motors Truck

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Junkyard art

At least I see it that way
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Cadillac

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Chevy Impala SS

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Once new, long forgotten

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Determined tree

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Salvage yard beauties

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Brave Desperate Cubans

Cubans crossed the dangerous FL straights, came ashore in the Keys in this "boat" made from styrofoam and wood with a Russian diesel engine. By my count it probably held a dozen people, their remaining food and water spread about. The red markings indicate the authorities had checked it.
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Been there awhile

Pontiac 1967, maybe
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Both steam engined trains and autos used this

Old railroad bridge converted to US1 then abandoned. Bahia Honda FL
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Car Art

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