Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A Step Back Into The Old West.

Last weekend we drove up to our favorite little lunch stop, in the mountain town of Idaho City. This has become a birthday tradition. This year two of my daughters now have jobs with Sundays off, so they were able to join us.    
Michelle is a photo bug just like Dad. When she started taking photos in college that inspired me to get serious about my taking photos.    



This antique shop is closed every time we go up there. The sign on the door says that she is open the first and third Saturday from 10:00 to 1:00. This does not seem to be the case. The decor on the porch changes, and I would love to see what is inside.  




Idaho City is a ghost town about 45 minutes north east of Boise. It was a gold mining town founded in 1861. The town burned to the ground 4 times in its early history. The last time it burned was 1871, so most of the buildings are from the 1870's    

10 comments:

  1. Such an interesting place! I love old ghost towns.

    You had asked on my last post what lens I use. For wildlife it is the 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6. Last time I looked on Amazon it was marked down pretty significantly.

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    1. It is a fun place to go. We have randomly hit the town flea market, they have a lot of antiques for cheep.

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  2. What a fun place to visit! Maybe some day that antique store will be open when you are there.
    We have four acres here, about 1 1/2 acres for the house and garden with the rest fenced for the horses and goats to roam around in.

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    1. Trudy's kitchen where we eat lunch has hundreds of the green kitchen ware from the 40's and 50's. Everything from small cookie cutters up to hanging scales like you see in the produce section of the grocery store. It borders on looking junkie but if fits the small town family restaurant.

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  3. I'd love to see inside the antique shop...places like this are so interesting.

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    1. There is an abandoned building around the corner from this place that I did not take a photo of that appears to be full floor to ceiling with old signs, mining stuff. I would love to get inside that place.

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  4. How cool! What neat photos. Looks like a really fun place to check out. Too bad the antique shop wasn't open. I bet there are some real treasures in there.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog tonight, David!

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    1. Thank you for visiting my blog as well. I look at your blog on a regular basis. You look like you have your hands full with your farm.

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  5. I found this series to be fascinating....I am going to show it around to family members who are into gold mining and history. I love to see other places and museums that I will not get to see in this life.I love the Pest house and the last photo. hope to see more of this place. thanks for visiting my blog. cheers.

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    1. Thank you for visiting my blog. Next time I go up there I plan to spend more time taking photos for my blog. I go up several times a year, but this is the first time since I have had a blog. This trip was not conducive to spending much time taking photos. It truly is a step back in time the only paved road is the State highway. The streets were very muddy and the board walks were completely covered with snow.

      There is another ghost town southwest of Boise up in the Owyhee Mountains called Silver City. I have only been there once because it is about 50 miles of dirt washboard road to get there. It is a true ghost town with no full time residents. I will post my photos from there in a few weeks.

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