Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Is that a camera in your pocket?

One of the first things we did during our recent vacation was to take my parents to the Mollie Kathleen mine near Cripple Creek, Co for a tour. You can ride down a very packed elevator car down 1000 feet (305 meters) and have a guided tour through the mines. And I do mean packed. We had 6 people crammed into this tiny elevator. Luckily I knew three of the people already. The other two, I soon became acquainted with during the two minute descent.

It was really an interesting tour. I found the demonstrations of the machinery really interesting. They also played a recording of how the blasting would sound in the mine. Very spooky. I've been on a number of mine tours, and this was by far the best.

Even through I drive by it fairly often, I have never before stopped at the Mollie Kathleen. It's funny how one ignores local attractions until visitors arrive.

This photo is an old truck left in the mines lot. According to the paint on the door, it once belonged to the Woodland Garage of Woodland Park, CO.

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10 comments:

Gaelyn said...

Love the old truck.

Mines can be kind of spooky. I prefer caves.

Sometimes it's the places in our own backyards we visit last.

Carletta said...

Terrific image very well rendered in sepia!
We have an exhibition mine here in WV that is a couple of hours away. I've only been in it one time. Might be time for a revisit. :)

Ralph said...

This old car, although banged up, gives us a view of the 1930s. In those days, the idea of styling being applied to all things mechanical. This car just looks art-deco, with timeless looks. Too bak it sits at the bottom, but it has managed to survive a looooong time. And looks good although dented...

Marka said...

I'm sure the garage took much better car of the truck than it has seen of late. It would be neat to see this truck restored to its original splendor.

onangelwings said...

I love taking pictures of old cars. Such a great capture
http://reesspace.blogspot.com/2009/07/sepia-scenes-and-1000-word-thursday.html

Tricia said...

Very cool sepia subject!

You have to check out a similar shot on another Sepia Scenes post - http://eastgwillimburywow.blogspot.com/

It's neat that you two posted such pics!

Dianne said...

the color is so rich
wish someone would make my old frame look that good ;)

Russ said...

Thanks all!

Tricia - I checked out the link. Cool to see a restored version after seeing a "slightly used" version. What a difference...

Ralph - As the cliche goes - they don't make things like they used to...

Snapshutter said...

Boy I'd love to go down into a mine sometime. We don't have any around here though. Nice B&W of the old truck.

Bryan said...

Ha, funny title. I've had point and shoots turn on and consequently extend lens while in front pockets before. That could certainly make for an interesting packed elevator ride.