Although largely a recreation of the original town, this is a fun and historic way to look back on what it was like during the glory days of the Old West in America. Living as close as I do, I’ve been here many times, but only during this last visit did I really see the never ending photo opportunities. For some stupid, unknown reason…I had a mental lapse and accidentally erased a large number of pictures that I had taken this day. Guess I’ll just have to go back again!
Situated between the Superstition Mountains and the Goldfield Mountains, the settlement of Goldfield got its start in 1892 when very rich, high grade gold ore was found in the area. A town soon sprang up and on October 7, 1893 it received its first official post office.
This “official” find, coupled with the legend of the Lost Dutchman Mine, which had been circulating for years, led plenty of new miners to the area and in no time, the town boasted three saloons, a boarding house, a general store, brewery, blacksmith shop, butcher shop, and a school. For five years the town boomed until some 1,500 souls were residing in the burgeoning city.
But like other gold camps, Goldfield’s bustling days were quickly dashed when the vein of gold ore started to play out and the grade of the ore dropped even more. Just five years after it began, the town found itself quickly dying. The miners moved on, the post office was discontinued on November 2, 1898, and Goldfield became a ghost town.
Today, Goldfield is filled with authentic looking buildings, includes underground mine tours, and the only narrow gauge railroad in operation in Arizona. Numerous shops and buildings include a brothel, bakery, leather works, a jail, livery, and more. The authentic looking street is filled with people in period costume, horses and wagons, and sometimes authentic gunfighter presentations
Thanks for taking a look.
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jhm (130684) 2013-09-13 4:16
This is real the old time a little bit as the old movies with John Wayne.
We see clear the entrance of the ice cream and grill bar.
Excellent composition, nice presentation.
Very well picture, pleasant to look at.
subhendu_bagchi (23699) 2013-09-13 4:18
an interesting composition Jason... This frame reminds me with the first view, the Holleywood films of 70's... I placed there two men with the dress of cowboy in middle preparing a duel with gun in hand. Nice panoramic presentation with nice shops etc as points of attractions. Excellent tonal quality. A superb presentation. Tfs.
gervaso (9247) 2013-09-13 4:22
Interesting construction of a new old town! The lights of the end of the day are great, giving excellent colors to the image! The picture also has very good depth! Wonderful job!
timecapturer (40322) 2013-09-13 4:35
love places like this, so full of historical atmosphere and the stuff of boyhood Saturday morning picture shows. Always cheered on the cowboys and yet now we know the true stories realise we should have been cheering the indians. I love the light and setting in this shot and really wish I had spent more time exploring Arizona. The US is so big you have to cram in so much on a two week holiday.
Have a great weekend - regards Brian.
Noel_Byrne (16281) 2013-09-13 4:39
I love your note with this, te Superstition mountain, the Goldfield mountain, all brilliant names and sounding like the perfect place for Scooby Doo to retire to some day. You captured this place under superb light, especially as the darkness in the distance seems to be encroaching while the town still has such warm and welcoming light.
We have no places like this in Ireland, its a pleasure to see it here today. I imagine the life of a prospector was a very difficult one.
All the best
jemaflor (76660) 2013-09-13 4:56
An interesting contribution with this old house, nicelight capture, perfect sharpness and pov, tfs.
ikeharel (47038) 2013-09-13 5:36
A wild west scene as almost taken from old-western movies, except for the ice-cream sign, I think they did not have.
Fine green landscape around, under golden afternoon light that grace the place.
Fine shot, have a nice Friday.
williewhistler (10915) 2013-09-13 6:43
now there are some names to conjure with!
I particularly like your use of the low glowing light that works its magic across the authentic looking scene,those shadow areas are delightful.
The pano format is very suitable on this occasion,the whole shot has great charm and much interest.Great.
dta (59121) 2013-09-13 7:49
Hello Jason ,
This is a superb capture of these old ghost town , especially for the good POV , the beautiful light and cloudy grey sky covering the moutains in the BG .
limielski (2577) 2013-09-13 8:24
Amazing atmosphere ! Superb lights and colours. and the framing with extraordinary font is excellent! TFS
Have a nice weekend!
saxo042 (35210) 2013-09-13 8:31
A fine picture of these residues of the Wild West. Many interest details and a very beautiful background landscape. A very interesting note!
cargus (7704) 2013-09-13 9:48
Une image techniquement bien fait, avec un sujet intéressant, couleur, le contraste , la netteté bien harmonisés, une belle image
krzychu30 (14412) 2013-09-13 10:22
absolutely beautiful and amazing place!So different from what we have in Europe and therefore so fascinating for me.And the beauty is here enhanced by so lovely,soft light,which helps you to saturate better the colors.I like also the title referring to the movie.Haha I miss here only Will Smith and Kevin Kline on horses:)
Really magnificent composition my friend!You couldn´t choose better photo to show us how beautiful and unique is your Arizona.
Wish You a nice weekend
macjake (48363) 2013-09-13 21:08
gotta love these ghost towns eh! even if it is a bit of 're-creation' of sorts, it still has tones of merit.
first of all, the overall look, colors, depth, mountains, clouds, and lighting are much more than you could have asked for. It really sucks when you go to these places and the light is so HOT and WHITE it totally ruins everything, but not here obviously.
and that water tower kinda steals the shot a bit too.
nothing to complain about here! great subject and excellent POV to show the town.
dkmurphys (44122) 2013-09-14 11:28
Very fine capture from once was the Wild West. Charming genuine elements, well spotted.
Enjoy a nice weekend.
cornejo (24647) 2013-09-15 12:30
Hi Jason, a warm greeting after a few days of absence for a week getaway north of Portugal, sister country on the Iberian Peninsula. Very good picture of this interesting American West postcard, nicely captured in this beautiful image, with very good quality. Excellent and interesting job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good day and happy week.
Best wishes from southern Spain.
gildasjan (40040) 2013-09-17 3:56
Une image qui symbolise l'Amérique qui est parfaitement réalisée sous cette bonne lumière.Tout est bien cadré dans ce format.
PaulVDV (18764) 2013-09-21 0:41
I see they had ice cream in the Old West :)
You found a good high POV to show this row of houses, the water tower and the surrounding desert landscape with the mountains on the BG.
Beautiful light and colours.
Best regards, Paul
emka (67365) 2013-10-01 23:27
Hi again, superb wild west photo. I saw so many western movies when I was young (like all), so I looked everywhere for the traces of it. I would be very happy seeing this. These ghost town are really cool.
mirosu (10224) 2013-10-04 20:04
Excellent photo from western movies. When I was small I did not miss even one. I was always excited when I saw picture from "wild" west. Actually I like it until now. During my first trip to UDA I visited all interesting "west" country sides in California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Texas. I never forget it.
I like this photo, taken from higher angle viewpoint. The wooden houses are in very good light, and the clear background is excellent (superb deep DOF).
Thanks for interesting introductory note.
Wish you a very nice relaxing weekend.
adores (32204) 2013-10-08 17:06
One of those places I would really like to visit:)! Seems a good recreation and there's nothing around, which is perfect to recreate the atmosphere. Very good pov. The sunlight and the dark sky are perfect here!