One of the things I love to see when I go on a road trip is city art and sculpture like this one that is next to the Post Office in Tonopah, Nevada. Alot can be learned about regional areas from the art and sculpture on display and in fact many are placed around towns just to lure travelers from their cars to go exploring the local area. Tonopah is the largest little town located in central Nevada.
For instance, Tonapah is called the "Queen of the Silver Mining Camps". The town began as a silver mining towen around 1900. It attracted the likes of old legends such as Wyatt Earp, who was a gambling dealer in the town. Silver declined in price and the mines went bust. A second mining boom sprang up in the 1970's with Anaconda mining molybdenum but it went into decline too.
This sculpture commemorates Big Bill Murphy's heroic sacrifice in the Belmont Mine fire in 1911.
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Noel_Byrne (22024) 2012-10-27 9:42
A great POV to show this statue off, with rich colours of both the monument and the blue sky.
I, like you, love exploring and finding new and interesting sculptures, then finding out what they mean. Its a great way of learning some fascinating history, like you have presented us here. Thanks for sharing!
All the best
pajaran (49558) 2012-10-28 0:10
Imate lepe fotografije u vasoj galeriji.
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst, o spomeniku poginulim rudarima ...
Dobra ostrina i kontrast, lepe boje.
You have beautiful photos in your gallery.
Very interesting and good text, the monument to the fallen miners ...
Good sharpness and contrast, beautiful color.
All the best.
dkmurphys (47600) 2012-10-29 7:25
Interesting street artwork. I like the capture and the attractive subject. Well taken, enjoy a fine week.
Silvio1953 (118101) 2012-11-05 1:49
Ciao Karen, great view of fantastic sculpture, excellent clarity, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
eldancer1 (26014) 2012-11-18 9:36
Very nice capture of this sculpture! I've been in Southern Nevada for 8 years and I keep telling myself to explore the countryside. . .and still telling myself that today. I like your pov and it has good dof with nice details. Wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.
photoray (10905) 2012-12-04 14:06
Yes indeed, an attractive metal realistic sculpture in a town off the beaten path and part of the mining historical culture.
serp2000 (38777) 2012-12-16 19:22
Very interesting sculpture, an interesting and informative note. Excellent eye-catching photo, perfect colors. TFS!
carlo62 (29277) 2013-12-17 15:10
mi ha colpito questa statua e ho letto la tua nota con interesse.
Le statue attirano i turisti nelle cittą, ma anche i membri di TE....
- Copyright: Karen Abel (kabel) (1613)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-07-05
- Categories: Artwork
- Camera: Cannon Powershot Sx100
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/1250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Sculptures, sculpture in the landscape [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-10-27 7:31