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Spring Canyon series: Spring Canyon walking trail by Raptorguy14
Spring Canyon series: Spring Canyon walking trail
This walking trail used to be the branch line of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad that ran west of Helper, Utah to the coal mines in Spring Canyon. I'm not sure of the exact year that the trail was created, but the railroad pulled out of the canyon in the 1950s. The walking trail is fairly popular among the locals.
Spring Canyon series: Railroad tramway ruins by Raptorguy14
Spring Canyon series: Railroad tramway ruins
This old railroad trestle, located in Spring Canyon, Carbon County, Utah, was once part of a gravity assisted tramway which brought shipments of coal out of the mines and to the railroad's main line. This particular tramway served the mines in the town of Storrs.
Spring Canyon series: Peerless ruin by Raptorguy14
Spring Canyon series: Peerless ruin
The frame of an old home in Peerless, Utah. Given its appearance, it's possible that this building was stripped for parts by scavengers and souvenir hunters, which happens fairly often in ghost towns.
Spring Canyon series: Peerless shack by Raptorguy14
Spring Canyon series: Peerless shack
A shack shrouded in shrubbery and shadow. This shack, located in the ghost town of Peerless, Utah, was once home to one of the town's miners. This is one of the only wooden structures (and the only complete building) in the town.
Spring Canyon series: Peerless by Raptorguy14
Spring Canyon series: Peerless
Peerless is an abandoned coal mining community located in Spring Canyon, about a mile west of Helper in Carbon County, Utah. Although it is the first ghost town that is encountered in Spring Canyon, it was one of the last to be developed. At some point in the early 20th century, a company known as the Crystal Coal Company purchased the land that would become Peerless and intended to develop a mine. No development work was done until 1916, when William and Charles Sweet purchased the property from the Crystal Coal Company. In 1917, the Sweets sold the land to the Peerless Coal Company which began developing a mine in a side canyon northwest of the town site. The company built a couple dozen homes and a company store in a relatively flat and wide area and named it Peerless. Peerless was a town known for its ethnic diversity; miners from Greece, Japan, England, and other countries called the little town home. 

Peerless stood in contrast to the neighboring coal towns. Where towns such as Storrs and Standardville had several big producing mines and substantial populations, Peerless had a couple struggling mines and only about 300 residents. One of the main reasons for Peerless's struggle was due to the fact that a fire which had burned prior to the development of the mine had damaged much of the coal in the Peerless seam. Production from the Peerless mine became so sparse that another mine and town were opened several miles away in Price Canyon and were named New Peerless. This mine was even more unsuccessful than its predecessor, and closed down only a few months after opening.

Despite its struggles, Peerless managed to get by. The mine managed to putter along even after World War II, but the town was largely abandoned by this time as the miners preferred to live in nearby Helper and commuted to work by car every day. The mine was finally closed down in the 1960s. In the 1970s, the Utah Fuel Company moved in and did some assessment work on the entire canyon, including the Peerless mine. At this time, most of the buildings in town were demolished, leaving only a couple stone ruins to mark the location of the abandoned community. Though it was never a large town, Peerless played a very important role in the history of Spring Canyon and the county.
About seventy years ago, Spring Canyon, located just off of US Route 6 near Helper, Utah, was alive with activity. Heavy steam locomotives brought thousands of tons of coal out of the canyon on a daily basis and six mining camps were bustling with activity. The canyon was the picture of modernism; high-tech mining methods were used to extract the coal from the seams in the mountains. The mining towns also had many modern amenities such as asphalt roadways, electricity, and underground plumbing and watering systems. Over 4,000 people called the canyon home. 

Just ten years after the end of the war, as alternative energy sources were explored, the need for coal decreased drastically. Most of the mines by this time had been exhausted and closed down, but a few of the larger mines continued small scale production into the 1960s. These mines were ultimately shut down because they became too large to safely maintain and were closed down after the passing of the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969.

Today, Spring Canyon has become a shell of its former self. Though the sands of time have begun to reclaim the mining camps and mines, dozens of ruins and abandoned mines line the canyon walls for several miles. My second official photo series (the first one being my Intermountain Indian School series [check that out if you haven't already]) is dedicated to the history of this canyon. By publishing this photo series, I hope to preserve the canyon's legacy as well as to promote the exploration and preservation of historic locations such as this one.


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When it comes to art, I mostly focus on writing and photography, but I do have a little experience in painting and drawing. I've been taking photographs for about seven years, but I made it into a more serious hobby about five years ago when I bought my first camera. I've been drawing and painting off and on for about seven years, but I've never gotten particularly serious about either. Finally, I've been writing for over a decade, and have become quite adept at it. I've lived in the Western United States all my life, and the farthest east I've ever been is Nebraska. I'm open to taking photo requests, so if you want a photo taken anywhere in the Western United States, feel free to contact me and I'll see what I can do!

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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner May 7, 2014

Thank you for the :+fav:  Jon :iconfella-mplz:

Raptorguy14 Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome :)
AshleySmash Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the fav :)
Raptorguy14 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome :)
Echo-noise Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Hi Jon
Thanks for the fav :happybounce: 
Raptorguy14 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem! :)
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thank you,, 
Angels-Losing-Sleep Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey there. Thanks so much for the favourite. Much appreciated. =)
You have some beautiful photographs here.
Raptorguy14 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Your photographs are pretty amazing as well. Thank you for the compliment and for following me. :)
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