Although most of the buildings were open and empty, a few carried signs.
One thing that struck me as a midwesterner in the South was the vines. They seem to be able to completely cover a building when left alone for a few decades.
Near Howardsville, Colorado, the Animas River gets quite wide. This is near the Little Nation Mill, which is worth a stop if you’re traveling north from SIlverton. It’s also near the former Gold King Mine, which “blew” in 2015 and flooded the Animas River with toxic mine water.
In the days before a centralized fire alarm system, coded whistle blasts would warn when and where a fire broke out.
In the bottom of a creek, an antique children’s wheelchair is buried in grass, where someone threw it. Wooden leg braces suggest this dates to the 1950s.
The moon highlights the contrails over the engine house in the middle of the night. Foreground light painted.
The Western Elevator’s old moniker looks over Fort William (the neighborhood). Snow falls over Mount McKay in the background. This elevator is still active… the only active elevator in Fort William proper.
A wide view of the poor house. Look at the smokestack and elevator shaft, which show the former roofline.
The gothic landing between balcony and classroom level and the ground floor.