On Wednesdays I'll sometimes join A Southern Daydreamer and her Outdoor Wednesday meme to share these pictures.
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This is my outdoor world!
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You know I do love a good Nevada Boom Town!
Boomtowns are typically characterized as "overnight expansions" in both population and money, as people stream into the community for mining prospects, high-paying jobs, attractive amenities or climate, or other opportunities. Typically, newcomers are drawn by high salaries or the prospect of "striking it rich" in mining; meanwhile, numerous indirect businesses develop to cater to workers often eager to spend their large paychecks
And then....then.... it implodes.
Gold drys up.
And what were once thriving metropolises are now....
(seriously, they were thriving once)
small little, struggling to survive old west enigmas.
No one can figure out how they manage to survive. How the people who live there can make a living.
This is Austin, NV.
I love Austin.
It's 284 miles from my home to Goldfield.
Most of rural driving in Nevada looks like this:
Just like the old Western movies!
except for the paved blacktop of course.
Carrying on to Goldfield
And you must remember that the Handyman slows down for no man. Or woman. Or even me, the love of his life.
All pictures are taken from the passenger side of the moving car--thru the window usually.
The Handyman is a destination man.
He wants to 'get there'.
a disclaimer: He will stop if I insist, but there is heavy sighing involved and rolling of the eyes, but he is not so unkind as to never stop.
( he just thinks I take the same photos over and over again---it's kind of true, but there are only 5 things in this whole drive: sagebrush, lonely roads, old boom town buildings, semi-trucks and brothels.)
weird buildings in old boom-towns:
Wait just one minute! A new building---the library.
As the Handyman zooms by....
Interesting that the sign says Black Hills, as there are no black hills in the state of Nevada. I wonder if this fine jeweler has imported from the Dakotas?
I think it would be fun to come for Goldfield Days!
They have food! The sign says so.
And then once again---a brothel.
I never think of them--living here. Except---they are gross. Just sayin'.
YOU TOO (really you can) can go have a drink at the Shady Lady Ranch!
Have a drink! A Cocktail! (is that a pun?)
and then head off to one of these lovely single wide mobile homes for a bit of hanky panky.
Yes, I could go into the whole plight of women in the industry, morals, sociology-economic issues, etc. but I just like to make fun of it instead.
And hopefully not offend anybody in the process.
More unique buildings thru the car window.
Someday I'm stopping at the Dinky Diner.
And that is MY frontier!