Preston liked to believe in the good in people. He wasn’t an all out optimist but he liked to add a more positive tinge to his realism. It made going through life so much easier. Why his sister had to be on the complete opposite side of the spectrum was something that still puzzled him. They both were granted amazing powers and, while she wanted to destroy things, Preston could never bring himself to do that purposefully. He would be the first to admit that his powers could get a little rowdy but he always try and keep a lid on them as well as he possibly could. His life was relegated to trying to restore what she destroyed. He couldn’t reverse time but he tried to do the best he could. At the moment, he was trying to push back the foliage she wrought and restore the buildings to their former glory. He was just as much an environmentalist as she was but her way wasn’t the way to go at all. “Hopefully, she stops this craziness one day….”
32: Talk about a place you remember from your childhood.
I lived in Auburn CA the first 18 years of my life, there is a section of town called historic auburn there. Its all restored oldtimey buildings and lights. there is a pizza place called old town pizaa(OTP) and a breakfast cafe, you could walk down the whole strip and smell the best food. there are also quite a few bars so it was always pretty lit. I loved the feel of that place, and out of all the bad shit that happened to me in cali I can say with honestly that I really miss it.
Today on #mypubliclandsroadtrip, we’re checking out wild Idaho places managed by the BLM – to include a ghost town you can visit.
Silver City Ghost Town – located an hour southwest of Boise, Idaho - is one of several mining towns that sprang up in the Owyhee Mountains after gold was discovered nearby in 1863. At its height in the 1880’s, Silver City grew into a prominent Idaho settlement, with a population of around 2,500 and approximately 75 businesses. The town even established the first daily Idaho newspaper and telegraph office. As mines became depleted around 1890, residents slowly moved away from Silver City. The last mining operation closed around World War II, although the town was never completely abandoned.
In 1972, the Idaho Hotel in Silver City was restored and re-opened. Now, visitors can enjoy partially-restored historical buildings and old mine sites. Home and building owners have title to the land directly beneath the structures, but the rest of this National Historic District is public land, managed by the BLM.
An empty old gas station in Los Angeles has been given new life. The curvilinear art deco structure was built in 1935 during the early days of California’s automobile age and the Golden Era of filmmaking in Hollywood. The new Highland and Willoughby store is one of Starbucks newest historic restorations of historic buildings.
More on the design and history of this store here.
The restored Bollack building on Elizabeth St was built around 1910. I believe it was one of the first if not the first department store in Brownsville owned by Henry and Pauline Bollack. It was bought and restored by Francisco Cermeno not to long ago and this is what it looks like now.
I spent a couple hours walking the streets (dirt roads) of rowley this week. I only spoke to one person the entire time, and only saw two. which is a quarter of the towns population.
they call it a ghost town, and it is in the best way, in that they’ve kept a lot of the original buildings without restoring them (which is far more interesting than the restored buildings could ever be).
the lack of people, and quiet combined with easy access to anything you want to shoot kind of make it a photographer’s playground. I spent a lot of time just sitting, smoking, thinking about the place while i shot and that’s not something you usually get to do when hunting abandoned buildings.
it’s not far from drumheller. you should check it out.