Monday, September 1, 2008

Keota Colorado, Part 2

Keota, Colorado- Part 1

After quite a hiatus, more adventures! This is Keota, Colorado.
Never a large town, Keota was founded in 1880 and served as a stop on the Burlington-Missouri railway. While the population never grew over a couple hundred, the town was an important hub for the cattle trade in the area in the early 1900's. The post office only served through the 1890's and the school was closed in the 1930's but the town retained it's incorporated status through 1990, long after the railway was torn up in 1975. The last long-time residents left in 1999, although as of my visit the town was home to a couple of friendly locals, a shy cat or two, several friendly dogs and one rowdy one. The historic buildings are still empty and are owned by the folks who left in 1999 so I don't forsee them going anywhere in the near future! The landmark of the town is, of course, the water tower- emblazoned with a plaque marking it's casting at the Chicago Bridge and Iron Works, circa 1919.

Technical details- Canon TX with 28-50mm lens, Colour plates are ASA-100 Fujichrome cross-processed in C-41 chemistry. Black and White plates are ASA-400 Ilford HP5+ processed in D-76. Tripodded and cable released- doin it right this time :)

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Martischang Plaza

Just a small set this time. While driving through south Denver last week I came across an abandoned strip mall. The area isn't particularly depressed so it was odd to see so many abandoned buildings. A few miles up the street is a new shopping centre, likely all the customers are up there now. Someone isn't willing to sell their property I suppose!