Then and Now Images

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

  1. Dualthing

    Dualthing Been here awhile

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  2. sfarson

    sfarson On a Ride

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    Tiny Town was built in 1915 by George Turner (A friend of William F. Cody) as a miniature town of 1/6 scale buildings for his daughter to play in and around. Well, it soon became one of the top tourist attractions in the state. It also attracted flood waters of nearby Turkey Creek, which would rampage through the structures every 10-20 years. Indeed, when I moved to Colorado in the 80's, Tiny Town was a closed and decaying place, having suffered through one too many floods. In the 90's the place was fixed up, some kind of flood control put in place, and contributors built all kinds of 1/6 scale buildings for the re-opening. Now it is common to see a full parking lot, along with children scampering all over the place during the summertime.

    Back in 1925...
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    Today over 100 1/6 scale buildings, many of local and well-known structures, are there for exploring, along with a miniature train ride, and playground equipment. The trees have done well. From this past week, before the opening next month...
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  3. Brown Dog

    Brown Dog North Georgia Dual Sportr

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    :clap keep them Colorado Pics coming :lurk
  4. Cataract2

    Cataract2 Where to?

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    I remember riding by Tiny Town many times during my weekend jaunts while I was in CO. I do miss riding there.:cry
  5. scarter435

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    I took a train trip on the Rio Grande's Yampa Valley to Craig, Colorado during spring break in high school. This was the imposing depot then:

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    We took a moto trip to Craig yesterday, which is 50 years almost to the day, from the time that picture was taken. I'd like to think I have aged better than the depot:

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    Ride report if you're interested...
  6. Sod Buster

    Sod Buster prairie rider

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    Scarter, great then and now pic, and awesome ride report.:clap
  7. sfarson

    sfarson On a Ride

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    scarter... Indeed, a nice then-now, with a personal touch. :nod
  8. sfarson

    sfarson On a Ride

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    Here's the Brook Forest Inn not far from Evergreen, Colorado. Opened in 1919 by a couple from the Alps, it offered the latest in luxury for the times, including running water, electricity, baths, and lodging for up to 130 visitors. About 80 years ago...
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    If there wasn't an 8ft high fence behind me, could have stepped back a bit for a more better "now"!
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  9. Brown Dog

    Brown Dog North Georgia Dual Sportr

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    Sfarson :clap

    The treeline on the mtn has hardly changed a bit :eek1
  10. sfarson

    sfarson On a Ride

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    Brown Dog... Excellent observation.

    75 years ago the Denver, South Park and Pacific made its last runs. We're on the north side of Kenosha Pass here, just on the other side of South Park. Photos were taken of the final rides...
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    Two rails were taken up. Two wheels pay homage. We're on the now Hall Valley/Webster Pass Road...
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  11. sfarson

    sfarson On a Ride

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    Shawnee, Colorado was a place for tourists to stay a spell. The train noted in the preceding post would drop off Denver paying passengers at the Shawnee train stop for some relaxin', hikin', fishin', etc. About 100 years ago, looking east from Shawnee, this was the view. The tracks are unseen here, down and to the left alongside the North Fork of the South Platte River. But the wagon road is visible...
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    The dirt wagon road is today's paved U.S. 285...
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    Now, 100 years ago, if I turned 90 degrees to the right in the wintertime, and looked up, would see where some of the visitors would stay...
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    It is one of the oldest remaining structures in Shawnee today...
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    From a distance, one can see how Shawnee looked back then. Can see the above Grand View Hotel to the left of the access road. The really big lodge to the right burned down in 1929. Many of the lodges along the train route burned down mysteriously in the 1920's and 1930's as train traffic gave way to auto traffic. Travelers by auto could come and go from Denver without staying the night or weekend. The probable reason for these lodges turned to ashes? Insurance money.
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    Well, I hiked up a hill through a garden of cow pies as far as I could go, but elevation gain was no more with a serious barbed wire fence hoping I would make its day. Turned around for Shawnee today...
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  12. MrBob

    MrBob Certified Geezer

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    I never miss your posts. In most cases I prefer the photos of Colorado long-ago.
    If anyone visits Florissant Fossil Beds they will find a perfect opportunity to do a then and now using photos on display there.
  13. NHTOTEROAD

    NHTOTEROAD Been here awhile

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    The Mount Washinton Auto Road goes up the highest peak in the Northeast. Opened in 1861. I do not know when this picture was taken.

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  14. Sod Buster

    Sod Buster prairie rider

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    Good one NHROAD, the horse looks like it doesn't no what to think about the car.:lol3
  15. PhotoBiker

    PhotoBiker Please insert title here

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    Awesome thread.

    I have to do a little research to find the older photos of our area and do a "Then & Now" series.
  16. sfarson

    sfarson On a Ride

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    NH... Excellent on the Mount Washington Road. Amazing it was built way back the first year of Lincoln's presidency.

    Photobiker... Looking forward to the pics.
  17. sfarson

    sfarson On a Ride

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    Have passed through this canyon (back then a train bed, today a chip seal on the old bed) casually the past year or so trying to spot the location of this 100 year old image. No luck. Until a few days ago. "Poised Rock" is that round rock at the top of the sloping rock face. See that dot of a tree in front of it?
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    The North Fork of the South Platte, about 30 miles SW of Denver. Some things change, some things do not...
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    Here's the wagon access road to the canyon 110 years ago...
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    Today's Foxton Road...
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  18. Tecpatl4

    Tecpatl4 Adventurer

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    There was a show on TV about Billy the Kid and they showed this picture. I found another one with the same guys in it that said it was from 1914.








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  19. 99sleepyhollow

    99sleepyhollow JOEY DUNLOP 26 TT WINS

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    This is the best thread ever I'd just like to say a big thank you to all of you who have submitted these great pics .
  20. vaexplorer

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    Westham Bridge across the James River back in the day...

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    As it looks today...

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    Looking across the river today...

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