Then and Now Images

Discussion in 'Photos' started by sfarson, Jan 22, 2012.

  1. NMTrailboss

    NMTrailboss Team Dead End

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  2. Mackey

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    River Ouse in York (England) When it froze over in the early 1800's
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    Same spot today
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    The shambles a couple of hundred years ago.
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    Today
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    Except this street hasn't really changed since the 15th century :D
  3. STANIMAL

    STANIMAL SUPPORT THE SECOND

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    Only in Europe can you take pictures 150 years apart and hardly tell the difference .
  4. Queenie

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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! :D
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    Pianoman F&AM, Phoenix 131

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  6. sfarson

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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...
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    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...
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    1896-1897...
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    Today, with a delightful power pole. There was a home behind me preventing a more elevated and precise "where the photographer stood then"...
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    So the Uly brings me about a mile south along West Creek where a few structures of West Creek "suburbia" were placed...
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    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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  7. Sod Buster

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    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.

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    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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  8. sfarson

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    The historic train/mining community of Rollinsville.

    100 years ago, then...
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    Now...
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  9. NMTrailboss

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    Keep 'em coming Steve! :clap Great stuff!!
  10. NHTOTEROAD

    NHTOTEROAD Been here awhile

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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.

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    Now (105 years later):
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  11. sfarson

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    NH... Excellent! Great framing. What a special school back then. Appears to have been a sturdily built structure.
  12. Sod Buster

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    Last Stand Hill, 1879.



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    Custers, Crow Scouts, 1908.

    From left to right, White Man Runs Him, Hairy Moccasin, Curly, Goes Ahead.


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    Whiteman Runs Him, Hairy Mocasin, Goes Ahead.


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    Eric von Schmidt's painting entitled "Here Fell Custer" is considered by historians to be the most accurate portrayal on canvas of the battle on Last Stand Hill.

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  13. advNZer?

    advNZer? Long timer

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    I cant see the pics in your post but i can go to smugmug and see em....interesting.That 1879 shot is pretty raw
  14. Speedo66

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    I can't see them either, but would love to.
  15. Sod Buster

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    Has to be a bunch of folks here who have pics of LBH. Can anyone match the ridge line in the center between the two riders on the right?


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  16. sfarson

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    The Colorado Midland Railroad had a line running from Colorado Springs up to the high alpine meadows of South Park. A popular stop about 100 years ago was Hartsel, where tourists would disembark for fishing in the South Platte, soaking the bones in the hot springs, and picking wildflowers in massive fields of wildflowers.. The train's wheels would sing on standard gauge track so heavier loads could be hauled. This was also known as the "Stockmen's Railroad", for among the cars in the train were those dedicated to hauling cattle and hay back to Colorado Springs.

    Anyway, a large photo for reflection. Before there were nurseries, gathering huge bouquets of wildflowers was quite the pastime, and so was dressing up for the occasion...
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    Autos came on to the stage of life, roads were placed down, and tracks were pulled up. About 70 years ago...
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    Guess I could have tilted the cam a bit, and brought the bike and background closer. Dang it can be hard framing/standing where someone did long ago. That faint snowcap peak in the distance to the right is Pikes Peak. Just to the right of the bike is the old train grade. The tracks would have been coming towards us...
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  17. Sod Buster

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    This would be the train of Misery if you suffered from hayfever.:lol3


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  18. sfarson

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    Plus with all that fresh cut hay from the meadows of South Park.

    The Colorado Misery Railroad. So close to the Colorado Midland Railroad! :lol3
  19. sfarson

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    Central City was at ground zero for the Colorado gold rush. A lode found in a nearby gulch in 1959 had 10,000 people bringing their tents, their wares, their tools, and their hopes for fortunes. Henry Teller, Colorado's first U.S. Senator built a hotel in 1872, and at the time, it was considered the finest hotel west of the Mississippi.

    Can see the Teller House in this recent image of Central City. Can also see scattered mines dotting the hills...
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    In 1936 an artist/painter was hired to freshen the Teller House up a bit. There was some tension and disagreement with the project manager, and the painter was asked to quit or resign. Sneaking in late at night before he departed, he painted the face of a women on the floor of the bar. Supposedly, this woman was of the temperance movement and would have found it quite disagreeable to have her image grace such a place as a bar. If ever in Central City, can still see the image...
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    Anyway, with the above as background, found this old image of the Teller House...
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    Today...
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    BTW, Once there was a flood crashing down this same street...
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  20. Isgro

    Isgro Free ranging...

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    This is a great thread. Thanks to all who have added to it. There's definitely opportunity for me to do some of this around where I live. I'll do my best to get some content to add in the near future.