Album Rusty, Crusty, Old, and Abandoned

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mangled logging equipment on the flank of Mount St. Helens





We can fill up this album after a week in the Mojave desert…. But here’s a few from yesterday, did the cholla dance out to this spot.

@Udink , somebody in 1927 competing with you for the best stargazing sleeping cot spot


1920’s political statement, one of many rocks, entertaining to read. Notice how straight the lines are.

I guess this got driven down an old logging road and over a cliff however many decades ago(the surrounding cliffs are ringed with trees, now). What was weird was that I found the hood 1/4-1/2 mile away.

Sometimes you, by chance, take a turn on a quiet road and notice a spot to park and enjoy the views of the cascading river. But then you see a sign at the end of the dead end road, a gate, and an old road heading into the woods. You walk along the road, suddenly there are old narrow gauge railroad tracks. And then, surprise! Railroad cars, a turntable, and more. Not really abandoned though … it’s been somewhat restored by a group of people trying to keep a piece of Maine history alive.

Passing by the old building and looking back, the tracks having divided …
Turning around, ahead there are railroad cars!
Looking inside the passenger car


This set up apparently runs on weekends from time to time. We saw some signs for Halloween ghost train rides around the town nearby.
Another car, not quite fully restored (yet)
An old switching engine and the turntable


Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad

Amazing that you just happened upon this. When I was younger, I wouldn't have cared about this sort of thing, but when my son was little (now 27) he was a train fanatic so I became a train fanatic, too. So fun!
So cool! Any info about who lived there or when?

Is there a door?

Did you happen upon this? Or were you looking for it?

We were looking for it. Location isn’t secret, but the NP isn’t exactly advertising it either. Apparently another shelter has been closed to public after being vandalized. There isn’t much historical info available, except the site is from about 1895. Two lead mine shafts are close by, but there’s no road in. So presumably miners lived there.

The shelter is exceptional well hidden, even when you know the coordinates. Here are some more photos:

Looking from the inside out through the main door





Hearsay- the glass panels were restored by the NP

And here is Rick in front of the roof (flattened tin cans) and the main window:

The social trail we went up, but the shelter isn’t even visible in this photo. Without coordinates it would be a lot of searching!
Used to find old mining and cattle cabins like that all over ... Many years ago. It's a shame people pillage and vandalize them now....
The arctic onslaught meant some time spent reviewing, culling and editing photos today.
This is from last February.
Initially- I spotted this relic while out walking the dog on a wintery day in the large park area between our house and the Bow River, in a corner of woodlands that was part of a gravel pit's property until being sold to the city as parkland:
I returned the next week on a nicer day, and found another wreck. It's surprising how many of these are out there, buried in the forest in our local natural areas:
Wandering a bit further, I found this:
And then, well hidden by thick brush 30 metres from the cross, an abandoned but formerly well-used encampment, not the first sign of the "homeless" that I have come across in this area, which spans several km of wooded river bottom and grassy uplands.
Is there some connection here to Earl's memorial? I have no idea.
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