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

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In Retrospect: Cima CA

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Just off Cima Road, where it intersects with the Cima Kelso Road, we found this railroad spur line. Littered around the area were old creosote railroad ties and spikes. Across the way is the shell of an old country store. Out in front is this ancient relic:

It no longer works. There is no coin slot, no dial tone. Behind the store is an area that resembles a graveyard for old cars and trucks:

But the photo is deceptive as the property behind the store is not quite as neat, more of a dumping ground:

And it seems like the old store has been boarded up by whatever random wood could be found lying around.

 

All photos were taken in Cima CA, part of the Mojave National Preserve , on February 28, 2015 and processed on July 12, 2017