In Retrospect: Furnace Creek CA

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Mining Wagon
Furnace Creek CA
March 1, 2014

Furnace Creek is appropriately named, as it holds the record for the highest ever recorded temperature in the United States, as well as one of the highest ever worldwide, reaching 134 °F (57 °C) on July 10, 1913. It is 190 feet below sea level. Badwater, just down the road, holds the distinction of being the lowest elevation in the United States at 280 feet below sea level.

Rear View Mining Wagon
Furnace Creek CA
March 1, 2014

There are so many ghost towns in Death Valley due to the mining of precious metals that began in 1849. But it wasn’t only gold and silver that drew the people here. Borax is still mined and is still used in any number of products, a mineral so common that it is used in cleaning and beauty products as well as enamel glazes.

Vintage Steam Engine
Furnace Creek CA
March 1, 2014

Furnace Creek has become a favorite stop for tourists as it boasts a general store, motel, diner and bar, and golf course and is a short distance from Badwater, Dante’s View, Artist’s Drive, and Zabriskie Point. And lots of ghost towns for me!

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Seven Day Photo Challenge, Day 7

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Finally, day 7:

Furnace Creek Train
Death Valley CA
March 1, 2014

I have been invited to participate in Judy Dykstra-Brown’s Seven Day Photo Challenge. Actually I wasn’t really invited, but had to beg Marilyn and shame her into extending an invitation to me. She is too much like me in that she does not like to impose so I, too, will not invite anybody to participate unless they tell me they want to join in. Anyway, the rules, which I’ve already violated, are as follows: “The challenge is one black and white photo from your own life each day for seven days. No people depicted, no words of explanation. Invite one other person to join each day.”
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Seven Day Photo Challenge, Day 6

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Day 6:

Kelso Visitor Center
Kelso CA
February 28, 2015

I have been invited to participate in Judy Dykstra-Brown’s Seven Day Photo Challenge. Actually I wasn’t really invited, but had to beg Marilyn and shame her into extending an invitation to me. She is too much like me in that she does not like to impose so I, too, will not invite anybody to participate unless they tell me they want to join in. Anyway, the rules, which I’ve already violated, are as follows: “The challenge is one black and white photo from your own life each day for seven days. No people depicted, no words of explanation. Invite one other person to join each day.”
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Seven Day Photo Challenge, Day 5

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Day 5:

Nipton Motel
Nipton CA
February 28, 2015

I have been invited to participate in Judy Dykstra-Brown’s Seven Day Photo Challenge. Actually I wasn’t really invited, but had to beg Marilyn and shame her into extending an invitation to me. She is too much like me in that she does not like to impose so I, too, will not invite anybody to participate unless they tell me they want to join in. Anyway, the rules, which I’ve already violated, are as follows: “The challenge is one black and white photo from your own life each day for seven days. No people depicted, no words of explanation. Invite one other person to join each day.”
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In Retrospect: Amargosa CA

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Amargosa Opera House
Death Valley CA
March 1, 2014

As is our habit, we took a drive that day, not knowing where we might actually end up. It was not a particularly warm day, so we headed towards Death Valley. We ended up in Amargosa Valley at Death Valley Junction. The Amargosa Opera House is a historic building located in Death Valley Junction near Death Valley National Park. Resident artist Marta Becket staged dance and mime shows there from the late 1960s until her final show in February 2012.

Amargosa Hotel
Death Valley CA
March 1, 2014

The theater was constructed in 1923–25 by the Pacific Coast Borax Company. The U-shaped complex of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture style adobe buildings included company offices, employees’ headquarters, a dormitory and a 23-room hotel with a dining room, lobby and store.

Amargosa Diner
Death Valley CA
March 1, 2014

At the northeast end of the complex was a recreation hall used as a community center for dances, church services, movies, funerals and town meetings.

Amargosa Hotel
Death Valley CA
March 1, 2014

The Death Valley Junction Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places and is owned by the nonprofit established by Becket for the preservation of the property.

Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Seven Day Photo Challenge, Day 3

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So, day 3:

Amargosa Opera House Death Valley CA March 1, 2014

I have been invited to participate in Judy Dykstra-Brown’s Seven Day Photo Challenge. Actually I wasn’t really invited, but had to beg Marilyn and shame her into extending an invitation to me. She is too much like me in that she does not like to impose so I, too, will not invite anybody to participate unless they tell me they want to join in. Anyway, the rules, which I’ve already violated, are as follows: “The challenge is one black and white photo from your own life each day for seven days. No people depicted, no words of explanation. Invite one other person to join each day.”

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Seven Day Photo Challenge, Day 1

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I have been invited to participate in Judy Dykstra-Brown’s Seven Day Photo Challenge. Actually I wasn’t really invited, but had to beg Marilyn and shame her into extending an invitation to me. She is too much like me in that she does not like to impose so I, too, will not invite anybody to participate unless they tell me they want to join in. Anyway, the rules, which I’ve already violated, are as follows: “The challenge is one black and white photo from your own life each day for seven days. No people depicted, no words of explanation. Invite one other person to join each day.”

So, day 1:

The Esslinger Building
San Juan Capistrano CA
September 9, 2017

 

In Retrospect: Goffs CA

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Goffs Railway Depot
Rte 66 CA
October 11, 2015

There’s not much left of Goffs CA, situated as it was on Old Route 66. When I-40 was completed, the community simply faded away. The only two buildings that remain are the schoolhouse- totally renovated in 2008, and this building, a replica of the historic Goffs Santa Fe Railway Depot (1902-1956).

I don’t have any shots of the schoolhouse because it was a rather boring square box shaped adobe style building that looked brand new. And I hate brand new. So here’s some rusty old, for your viewing pleasure. That is, unless you like brand new, in which case you’ll hate the rest of these shots.

Looks like this tow truck could use a tow.

Now, this old jalopy reminds me of an early sitcom called “My Mother The Car” in which a man’s mother is reincarnated as an old car. Or maybe it’s just her soul that takes over the car. Either way, she torments him, as mothers are wont to do, by never shutting up!

This could be the original workshop they used to build the original railway depot. Or the original schoolhouse. Who knows?

And this was a nice little romantic streetlight on the desert pathway around the schoolhouse.

 
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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Shadows

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Kelso Post Office
Kelso CA
July 2, 2017

The now defunct Kelso Post Office, across from the railroad depot that now serves as the Mojave National Preserve Visitors Center, lies deep in shadow. I could not find any numbers on the current population but found this very interesting. From Wikipedia, of course: “During the 1970s Kelso was known as the town without television. About 75 residents lived in Kelso, many with school age children. Television signals could not reach the town which meant that residents found other methods of recreation. However, with the advent of satellite dishes, television was eventually introduced to Kelso.”

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Shadows