After 2 days in Glenwood Springs we went to Denver to spend our last two days with John & Joanne Munro and their two cute Labradors Abby and Riley in their home in Lakewood. They took us around lots of local places of interest.
This is Georgetown, a historic gold mining town set in a narrow valley surrounded by the Colorado Rocky Mountains. A group of gold prospectors led by George and David Griffiths were the first people to settle in what is now known as Georgetown after they found gold in Clear Creek on 1859.
After the first harsh winter for which this area is renowned, the spring brought a gold rush. It soon became evident that some kind of government was required to keep peace and order so the Griffith Mining District was set up in June 1860. Shortly after, some of the residents formed the Georgetown Company and put in a claim for 640 acres of land on which to build their town, which would be governed by the Griffith Mining District.
As early as 1861 the numbers of gold strikes were dwindling, but in 1864 rich silver deposits were found nearby. Another town called Elizabeth Town was being built so close to Georgetown for the silver miners and their families, that by 1868 it was decided to incorporate the two towns as Georgetown.
Instead of adding to the many mining ghost towns in Colorado, today there are 950 residents and 211 historic buildings in Georgetown. A non-profit making organisation called Historic Georgetown inc. has been set up to preserve the town, look after the museums and organise events.
This image was taken in 6th Street, which seems to be the main street. The building at the end with the bell tower is the Town Hall and Police Department. One or two of you might recognise the two ‘nefarious’ characters lurking outside. ;D The other end of 6th Street is home to the Post Office. In the other WS is one of the preserved homes.
We had our lunch in Georgetown at the wonderfully named Happy Cooker. ;D AND I didn’t take a photo of it! :(
This will probably be the last post of my travelogue but I have lots more I might post at a later date.
You can see on the map where it is, although if you zoom right in it looks as if I was standing on a roof. Funnily on the Google maps, the roads have been superimposed over the map as a whole and don't seem to fit properly. Odd!?
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snunney (80689) 2009-02-19 2:19
A lovely capture of this beautiful architecture under a splendid light. The diagonal perspective works well emphasising the way the roofs go up in tiers. Very good colours and clarity. Thank you very much for this interesting travelogue; I envy you ;-)
tober (8797) 2009-02-19 2:20
Hello Kath, it looks like a pretty western village, rather than a mining town which are dark and depressive in general. Thanks to your excellent light management every detail is visible in your photo. I especially liked the green slope which embraces the houses.
bema (26289) 2009-02-19 2:20
ver y fine captured pictures of that unique settlement and buildings..looks really like in the old times there, very fine composed pictures with nice colors and sharpness..
have a fine day, regards Bernd
cbrman (21645) 2009-02-19 2:34
Une jolie maison d'époque qui me fait penser aux vieux westerns.
La vue est sympa. La maison semble pencher légèrement, ce qui dérange quelque peu mais sinon, la qualité d'image est très bonne.
gilou530 (34) 2009-02-19 2:41
I do not see cowboys and horses in your photo, where they are, wooden house typical of the American West with their color, a picture of bright and sharp well done
Gerrit (45858) 2009-02-19 2:52
you have captured the beautiful wooden houses in great warm light. They provide a fine hiostorical atmosphere in a fantastic setting.
asajernigan (20906) 2009-02-19 2:53
This is a nice shot of this western US architecture. The angle of the shot is nice giving the scene a nice sense of depth and direction. The lighting and colors are great with excellent sharpness and DOF. The dark trees create a nice backdrop for the shot.
coco (30439) 2009-02-19 3:01
Good subject and good picture for TE. The note, the whole photo (the composition is really smart) are very good for this place.
Well done and thanks for sharing.
fabio_ts (13694) 2009-02-19 4:43
It seems a really gorgeous place, surely nice to visit passing by,
Technically the picture is (as always) perfect and the note really complete and interesting (WS included).
Thanks Kath, and have a nice day,
saylan-cb (12738) 2009-02-19 6:24
This place is perfect with the compositions are wonderful.Also details and POV are great.
Have a nice day,
fulvio52 (8314) 2009-02-19 8:59
I remember passing through on a cold, rainy September day in 1996, the heating in the jeep didn't work (nothing else did, for that matter), we'd been freezing to death all the day long after coming up from Gunnison, crossing Cumberland Pass and Tin Cup Pass, getting snowed out in Breckenridge, etc... and didn't stop until we got to Denver. Too bad, as I know Georgetown & surroundings are more than worth an extensive visit. COOL shot, technically just as I like to see it : all aspects are extremely well taken care of, with special praise for angle and lighting, but NO airbrush type of work. This is Photography, with a Capital P, as I intend it. And the atmosphere, well... Colorado at its best! A great complementary note et-voilà, les jeux sont faits... Superb package, TFS!
Have a nice evening, see ya soon.
Photo65Net (43120) 2009-02-19 10:43
Nice view of this architecture.
I like the sunny light and the colors you caught.
Have a nice day,
JCG (35129) 2009-02-19 11:36
Besides the main photo, thank you for this beautiful series on the typical houses of the American West. A city where it must be nice to live. And as tourists I think it is a place that we should not ignore... Beautiful image quality and I very much appreciate the brightness which highlight the details. Thank you Kath.
With all my friendships and a very good evening,
PixelTerror (0) 2009-02-19 11:40
From the vignette I was thinking of Parati in Brazil, small church in heritage village, of course this one is different but fits well to our view of the wild wild west.
Have a nice day JY
gunbud (34066) 2009-02-19 17:24
The lovely western architecture is seen in brilliant light which renders sharp details and vibrant colors.
The evergreen mountain backdrop adds that remote touch that these narrow valley mining towns have.
Looks like a fine place to spend a sunny afternoon.
ChrisJ (95174) 2009-02-19 18:16
Looks like a scenic & rustic little town. Wonderful sharpness, with lots of intereting details to explore. Superb composition & colour. Tfs!
gneufeld (15884) 2009-02-19 19:12
Looks like a great place to hang out and enjoy the history of the place. Your perspective is well thought out and the colors, contrasts, and details are crisp and clean. Very well done and TFS. Gerald
avene (12675) 2009-02-19 19:53
the essence of the American town - wooden buildings, flags and flowers :) the crisp light brings out every single detail, everything feels clean and polished (probably spruced up for your visit). I like a lot the emphasis on diagonals, and the small area of the shadow in the foreground "anchors" the whole scene. nice one :)
Graal (95986) 2009-02-20 0:50
an interesting place and reportage in 3 images. Good presentation and informations in note. Well photojob and serie from USA.
John_F_Kennedy (42048) 2009-02-20 2:04
Wonderful shot. Such a beautiful old wooden house, nice architecture, very beautiful.
riclopes (35577) 2009-02-20 2:37
I imagine that it's a bit like being in a movie set. Since this set of images tell me that you were the only ones in town, of course that I'm glad to see here the two trekers that I would never recognize because I don't know them. Love the colors in WS2 but I agree that this is the best picture and we need to give the yellow some rest ;-) The light is nice here and the trees make a great background. My first instint would be climbing those stairs and find a way of reaching the terrace on top of that tower, so I could see the whole town from above.
danos (84367) 2009-02-20 3:50
Good morning Kath,
nice this part of Georgetown town, that in combination with the other constructions in the WS, create a spherical knowledge for the wooden houses of the city.I like the brilliant light that floodlight the scene, as the great sharpness and the clarity too.Well done.
Have a nice day,Danos
ktanska (24408) 2009-02-20 5:47
Nice old west feeling on this. And what's best there's no cars in sight. Good light and I like such mountain backgrounds. I've never visited USA, but a little town of Lillooet in British Columbia, Canada looks similar to my experience.
Dyerco (10185) 2009-02-20 7:12
The light has been well handled such that we can see all the details in the restored buildings. TFS
Kielia (23013) 2009-02-20 9:36
I think this place still has the atmosphere of the gold mining town, or so it seems in this impression. The POV is great and thanks to an excellent management of the light all the interesting details are visible. I also like the photos in WS. TFS!
npecanhuk (62544) 2009-02-20 9:39
A transportation back to the past!
Pretty western and Colorado style!
Excellent sharpness and exposure in this one!
Natural and beautiful colors! Well chosen pov and great composition! Another superb photo job! TFS - Congratulations! Best regards,
Cricri (103101) 2009-02-20 10:49
Superbe l'architecture de ces bâtiments, les trois sont belles et intéressant détails, couleurs, avec une trés belle lumiére, merveilleuse images de votre voyage, merçi
Have a nice weekend
Sistercosmo (242) 2009-02-20 12:32
great how you've captured this town from the perfect pov with all the rich details that it has to offer. Excellent shot and an excellent note!
Thanks and take good care,
jwmunro (286) 2009-02-20 16:23
Hello Kath -
"Neferious," I don't know if the two guys self should feel insulted or what! They are just a couple of "old geezers" hanging out looking for the babe's or at least the photographers. Nice photo considering the models.
One can only wonder if the digital roads are from the USGS or from the State. The former would explain the poor georeferencing of the digital data.
Thank you for sharing.
stego (23636) 2009-02-20 20:57
So these Disneyland looking little towns really exist? And they look much more interesting than the fake versions I saw in two or three theme parks. :-)
All the three photos are spot on the money, like John likes to put it, with POV's very cleverly chosen and featuring remarkable sharpness and colours. They all deserved a main post, specially the one of the post office, not only for the house being so charming, but also because of those trees dressed in Autumn colours.
UlfE (14641) 2009-02-21 0:29
Very nice to see something else than landscapes from you U.S. trip. Excellent lighting colours and sharpness and a lot to look at. What makes me a bit curious is your tight cropping. Was there any particular reason for it? TFS and have a nice weekend!
papagolf21 (84048) 2009-02-21 0:31
Bonjour, chère Kath,
Un magnifique voyage empli de paysages merveilleux, des lieux insolites, des découvertes incroyables.
Félicitations pour avoir su nous présenter de véritables trésors.
Ici, encore, la beauté est parfaitement mise en valeur.
Une réussite totale.
jlbrthnn (79791) 2009-02-21 1:53
Beautiful image to point out the past of the gold diggers, who seem historical figures of the United States. Good framing and good control of the light.
The note is interesting. Cheer.
Have a nice day and weekend
Royaldevon (27585) 2009-02-21 3:35
Isn't it reassuring that people are interested enough in their heritage to make a determined effort to preserve some of it!
I must admit, Georgetown was a little disappointing as a name, after all those wonderful ones you have printed previously. However, Happy Cooker made up for the disappointment.
No matter the name, this looks like such an interesting place! The focus is sharp and you have caught all the details for us to enjoy with your long dof.
I felt a little intrusive going straight up the stairway, but your pov has ensured that we explore every bit of the shot!
toto (0) 2009-02-21 5:52
belle photo de cette rue avec cette jolie église au clocher particulier, ouvert, comme dans les films ou l' on pouvait y monter et ragarder au loin.
Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.
A l' arrière ce flanc de montagne boisé est du plus bel effet.
josepmarin (57627) 2009-02-21 11:52
The traditional wooden architecture of this village of the American west is very photogenic, and your setting in diagonal produces a nice perspective in the street.
I like the light and the shades, and the forest that closes the set in a green background.
syrus_persia (2270) 2009-02-22 0:07
This is very interesting and unique shot.
And good shutter chance.Good colors and contrast
best regards and many thanks
Wandering_Dan (3449) 2009-02-22 9:00
Hi, Kath -
Nice town scene. The trees and the stairway form parallel diagonals leading the eye from left to right.
jaywalker (16095) 2009-02-23 10:28
Hi Kath, Great wooden architecture & the tree covered hill side fits nicely & is a wonderful backdrop, its a beautiful scene with superb light & sharp quality, I love it as it could be a set from a film, kind regards Wilson.
shevchenko (19051) 2009-02-23 18:46
I like this historical street built with many wooden architectures, good pov to show a street at the foot of mountain, distinct color, nice golden sunlight shining, interesting WS too, thanks for sharing.
Emile (20350) 2009-02-23 21:35
Good photo with great details and a very good diagonal perspective, magnificent colors of the typical western architecture, the light and POV are good. Nice idea to include people in your excellent shot. Lovely composition, nice view of the green slope of the mountain. Good WS.
Angshu (55035) 2009-02-28 2:15
Good TE shot here, the main post as well as the WSs. Typical Western architecture, so manicured looks like a set of a film. The diagonal composition adds depth and the green trees in the BG provides nice contrast here. Only 36 photos in the travellogue & so many gems still left, yet you've drawn the curtains!
mortijo (12828) 2009-03-09 6:11
Looks like a town out of a John Wayne western. Nice colors and excellent light management.
There are 3 ways to look at Google maps: map - satellite - hybrid. If you choose satellite the road disappears.
Greetings fron a cold and wet Luxemburg.
plimrn (21344) 2009-03-09 18:36
I do like the way you framed it with the steps leading toward the tower. Of course you would expect the old geezers in a place like this. ;-)
Your note makes me admire the excellent maintenance by such a small group - sounds like civic-minded has long been the norm here.
I've had the same problem with Google earth, that's why I gave up on it. I would have and exact address and it would put me in the middle of a lake; I'd spend a lot of time fiddling with it and still not be able to put it on target; but I do enjoy seeing the locations when others post them - maybe sometime I'll try again!!
- Copyright: Kath Featherstone (feather) (51130)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-09-25
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D300, Nikkor 24-120mm AF-S, VR, RAW, HOYA 72mm PL-CIR
- Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: USA 2008
- Date Submitted: 2009-02-19 2:11