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Old 03-26-2012, 06:26 PM   #196
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No image to post, but wanted to let sfarson know that I appreciate the time riding on Sunday and the history he provided to us about the area were where riding in, it was a true pleasure riding. The wife and I look forward to more rides.
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Old 03-28-2012, 04:41 PM   #197
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The Grand, Medicine Lodge Kansas.

The Grand Hotel is on the left. It opened in 1885.











There was a parade in front of the Grand the day I took the pic above.





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Old 03-30-2012, 03:26 PM   #198
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Great Dalton tale SB.

Paused at the motorcycle destination spot of Deckers today. Great riding in every direction. Gold medal fishing abounds in the Middle Fork of the South Platte here. Saw some rainbow whoppers snacking on natural flies as I strolled along the river finding where the photographer stood long ago. There's a fly shop (Flies & Lies) here. The river and dirt roads of 100 years ago have been rerouted. Most of the structures are gone as well. Oh but those hills remain unrerouted...

Facing north, the river and road crossings of Deckers back then...


Climbed the hill overlooking Deckers in the motorcycle gear. Could have scrambled a little higher to the rock the individual is sitting on, but would have been amidst a dense stand of trees...


It actually was quite the idyllic place back then. Good fishin', good game in the forests, etc...


And you know, the fishin' and the huntin' remain good, as does the ridin'. A guard rail and a seriously big tree nearby prevented me from a slightly better perspective...


And one could even refresh in a lithia bath back then...


Today...


The old Deckers post office and store was to the north of today's structures. Can see it in the first old image above, across from the large dark building...


Just an empty and small grassy field, with a hillside more populated with trees (very typical nowadays)...
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Old 03-30-2012, 06:00 PM   #199
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Awesome Steve!!
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Old 03-30-2012, 06:45 PM   #200
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This thread is so cool.. I lurk around a lot but this is first post worthy.. I am young but this is very interesting to see how much things change or do not change over time!!!
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:47 PM   #201
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This thread is so cool.. I lurk around a lot but this is first post worthy.. I am young but this is very interesting to see how much things change or do not change over time!!!
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Old 03-31-2012, 07:49 AM   #202
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River Ouse in York (England) When it froze over in the early 1800's


Same spot today


The shambles a couple of hundred years ago.


Today


Except this street hasn't really changed since the 15th century
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Old 03-31-2012, 11:31 AM   #203
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The shambles a couple of hundred years ago.


Today


Except this street hasn't really changed since the 15th century
Only in Europe can you take pictures 150 years apart and hardly tell the difference .
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Old 03-31-2012, 01:32 PM   #204
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I absolutely LOVE this thread! Steve, your posts about Colorado are wonderful and I recognize many of them. St. Elmo is a great place that I have been to many times over the years. About 2003? they had a significant fire there on main street and the only thing that survived was the old jail. They did a nice job of cleaning up the fire mess though.

We are headed up there on the bikes this summer. I will be buying your book to help us pick out some great rides so thanks on two fronts...this thread and your book!
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Old 04-07-2012, 02:12 PM   #206
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Had a great ride finding, then exploring the location of old ghost town structures that had been swept up and away by man and nature. West Creek flared to life in 1896 with claims of gold in the area. Fortune seekers swept in, erected a scattered town along the namesake creek, and within six months 2,000 people were there. By late 1897 it was recognized there wasn't "gold in them thar hills", and the fade began.

Here's an excellent eight minute video from Douglas County on the history of what is now known as Westcreek (single word)... Landmark Series - All That Glitters, West Creek Colorado on Vimeo

West Creek around 1896-1897...


In two months (June 2002) will be the ten year anniversary of the massive Hayman wildfire, which consumed 138,000 acres and numerous scattered homes in the Westcreek area. Today, it is a quiet place, but what a diff versus 1896-1897...


1896-1897...


Today, with a delightful power pole. There was a home behind me preventing a more elevated and precise "where the photographer stood then"...


So the Uly brings me about a mile south along West Creek where a few structures of West Creek "suburbia" were placed...


Guess it is fitting to have horses of the day stand in tribute to the past. Could have hopped the fence and joined them for a slightly better "now" perspective...
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Old 04-07-2012, 02:48 PM   #207
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Lindsborg, Kansas. Smoky Valley Roller Mill.

Not a great pic or angle of the building, not to sure you can get that angle now through the trees, but if you get a chance stop and take a look at the old mill on the Smoky, it is a museum, and its internals are complete.




Lindsborg is just west of 35 and a little south of 70, the mill stands on the Smoky Hill River, the town is of Swedish heritage.

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Old 04-09-2012, 08:01 PM   #208
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The historic train/mining community of Rollinsville.

100 years ago, then...


Now...
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Keep 'em coming Steve! Great stuff!!
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Old 04-11-2012, 06:44 PM   #210
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The old High School in Ashland, New Hampshire, This building sat empty for years. A slow renovation started about 10 years ago.

Then 1907:


Now (105 years later):
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