Hello Friends and Family,

Link to this year's index by clicking here.

Jerome, Arizona - Gold Mine & Ghost Town, Part 4

I find it interesting to note the condition of these old trucks — some of the paint is still in place, eventually to succumb to rust — 'tis a losing battle. Its cab does not look very comfortable now and I rather doubt it was ever all that comfortable.

This is the same truck from the side. The label reads,


Love the running boards.

Not everyone had vehicles for transportation — some folks rode horses. Here are two decaying saddles that have seen better days.

This truck rests under a roof, protecting it from the weather. Unfortunaely, no paint is left on the body — the rust is winning.

Discarded among the weeds is a White truck — referring to the maker not the color. White Motor Company manufactured automobiles and trucks from 1900 until 1980.

For some reason, this vehicle was screaming to be photographed in black and white — I was happy to oblige.

Here another piece of mining equipment, a power shovel. Despite the rust, it looks like it could still do a good day's work.

This appears to be a drilling rig of some sort — although I readily confess that I am not an expert on such things.

This I know — an old cash register not unlike the one I used at my Uncle Whitey's general store in Showell, MD, where I worked two summers during my teenage years. I mostly did chores like sweeping the floors, taking out the trash (and burning it), keeping the soft drink case full and organizing the empties. Occasionally, I helped wait on customers — especially during the busy lunch hour when hundreds of workers came in from the chicken plant across the street.

Ah, we finally get to the gold mine part of this facility. The warning seems pretty serious and I suspect that the work was quite dangerous — especially at 1270 feet below ground.

Here is the opening to the mine. Anyone want to explore it? I pass.

Last but not least is the guard squirrel. It seemed to want to protect the mine from strangers who did not read the signs. And we appreciate it.

BTW, the photo safari to Jerome was my first real test of my new Nikon D800 camera. I am still learning how to get the most out of it but so far I have been most impressed. Its main attributes are a full-size sensor and 36 mega-pixels. Honestly, one does not really need that many pixels unless you want to severely crop your photos. But I wanted the full-size sensor to obtain the same results digitally from the lenses as we did in the old film days. So far, mission accomplished.

Life is good.

B. David

P. S., All photos and text © B. David Cathell Photography, Inc. — www.bdavidcathell.com