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sfarson 01-22-2012 11:54 AM

Then and Now Images
 
Perhaps you have some.

Here's a selection of "then and now "photos captured over the years, standing where the photographer stood many years ago. I didn't always get it right... rushed pics, different lens, and other excuses, but hey, there was always a bike pausing nearby or idling underneath :nod. They do, or can, cause moments of reflection.

The mining community of Apex in the late 1800's, having a 4th of July parade...
http://www.farson.com/thennow/apexthen.jpg

Apex today, a semi-ghost town about five miles NW of Central City...
http://www.farson.com/thennow/apexnow.jpg

Bonanza, as in "It's a bonanza boys!" flared when a rich gold vein was discovered nearby. President Ulysses S. Grant visited upon reports Bonanza could be the next Leadville...
http://www.farson.com/thennow/bonanzathen.jpg

The gold was mined and fires swept through the close proximity structures (A common fate of many frontier towns... wood heat, wood structures, no 911)...
http://www.farson.com/thennow/bonanzanow.jpg

Tracks were laid over the Boreas Pass summit to haul ores from Leadville to Denver...
http://www.farson.com/thennow/boreasthen.jpg

The tracks were pulled up in the 1930's, and in the 1950's a road was placed on the old rail bed. Riding friend Rick cheesily agreed to place himself where the train was...
http://www.farson.com/thennow/boreasnow.jpg

The Cathedral Spires along the North Fork of the South Platte...
http://www.farson.com/thennow/cathedralthen.jpg

Two rails then, two wheels today...
http://www.farson.com/thennow/cathedralnow.jpg

The pastoral Dedisse Ranch above Evergreen...
http://www.farson.com/thennow/evergreenthen.jpg

That pastoral Bear Creek above would turn demonic when its raging waters would crash through towns below after heavy rains. The dam creating Evergreen Lake had me off to the side for the "now" pic...
http://www.farson.com/thennow/evergreennow.jpg

The Bradford Junction community in the late 1800's would gather at this ranch for all things social... dances, celebrations, etc. Perhaps this was a July 4th gathering. Bring your best attire was often the unstated rule...
http://www.farson.com/thennow/foxtonthen.jpg

Today, busy U.S. 285 passes by the same place near the town of Conifer. Had the elevated highway not be present, could have gotten lower for a better comparison...
http://www.farson.com/thennow/foxtonnow.jpg

Gold Hill is the location of one of Colorado's earliest gold strikes. An image from around 1890...
http://www.farson.com/thennow/goldhillthen.jpg

In a way, not a lot has changed. Well, there are more trees... less need to cut down the nearby woods for structures and heat. Colorado's oldest continuously operating school is here. The massive Four Mile wildfire of September 2010 licked the edges of the town off to the left, but a valiant firefighting effort spared the historical buildings. If you have a BBQ sandwich at the general store, a pot bellied stove is a main source of the heat and the bathroom is about the size of your coat closet...
http://www.farson.com/thennow/goldhillnow.jpg

A thrilling road just for owners of new fangled cars was built above Golden around 1920...
http://www.farson.com/thennow/lookoutthen.jpg

Today the Lookout Mountain road thrills for owners of two wheeled transportation devices. The sun kindly obliged and a rider was caught just in time on the far left...
http://www.farson.com/thennow/lookoutnow.jpg

Marshall Pass about 70 years ago...
http://www.farson.com/thennow/marshallthen.jpg

And today...
http://www.farson.com/thennow/marshallnow.jpg

Narrow gauge trains/rails were used 100 years ago because, well, they were narrow and could squeeze between canyon walls and rivers. Denver passengers often took weekend trips into the mountains on these trains. Not far from Buffalo Creek...
http://www.farson.com/thennow/peterheadthen.jpg

The aptly named Peterhead Rock today. Could have climbed higher for a more accurate "now" image, but I risked life and limb just getting this high!
http://www.farson.com/thennow/peterheadnow.jpg

An 1890's hacked out road just south of Ouray...
http://www.farson.com/thennow/skywaythen.jpg

Today's famed Million Dollar Highway...
http://www.farson.com/thennow/skywaynow.jpg

Cripple Creek and Victor pumped out so much gold, the amount was greater than the California and Alaska gold rushes combined. Back then Victor had a population of 5,000...
http://www.farson.com/thennow/victorthen.jpg

Today about 100 call Victor home...
http://www.farson.com/thennow/victornow.jpg

Looking west towards Westcliffe in 1900, towards the dramatic Sangre de Cristos Range...
http://www.farson.com/thennow/westcliffethen.jpg

Well, someone has surely came along since then with some seeds or seedlings!
http://www.farson.com/thennow/westcliffenow.jpg

kubiak 01-22-2012 01:30 PM

nice pics and thread!

klondike1 01-22-2012 01:50 PM

Yes very nice. Thanks Only then and now i would have is pictures of me.

hateithere 01-22-2012 03:17 PM

Cool thread!!!

The Toecutter 01-22-2012 03:30 PM

Very interesting thread. Thanks

Mgbgt89 01-22-2012 03:39 PM

Wow, I need to go out west.

I love the pictures with the old barn in it. It's amazing how those structures were built to last generations.

pfloydgad 01-22-2012 03:41 PM

Outstanding
 
This is a wonderful thread, and isn't it amazing how the landscapes are just a micro-second in time compared to the wooden buildings and trees. Thanks for this one, very cool. :D
Ride safe all,
Greg

Gunner45 01-22-2012 03:42 PM

Very cool! I love this kind of stuff.:clap

Gunner45

Wolfgang55 01-22-2012 03:48 PM

Very COOL
Been to two of your pix location.

This is very neat.

Flashdog 01-22-2012 03:49 PM

Thanks for posting such a great thread!

ke4yyq 01-22-2012 03:54 PM

What could I say? :clap:clap Awesome

Daamud 01-22-2012 04:10 PM

Great idea. :D

derrickb 01-22-2012 04:57 PM

totally cool! thanks much for putting all that together and then sharing it. :clap

GB 01-22-2012 05:59 PM

Steve's too modest to mention this, so I will. Click on the link in his sig and all these routes are in his Colorado touring book along with lots of pics.. I'm spending my winter planning my routes for next summer's Colorado touring.. Lookout Mountain Rd is about 15 minutes from where I'm staying.. :ricky

PinkPillion 01-22-2012 05:59 PM

:thumb
Hi sfarson. I put a bunch of now and then photos in my Death Valley trip report. Do you research before you go or when you get back? One time I was going out to find a old railroad stop. When we got out there--absolutely no structures or foundations to compare to our original photo. Had to use the mountains in the background for reference. Difficult to match that one up.
Here is one from Rhyolite.

http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/.../store1909.jpg

http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/...2011/rr199.jpg


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