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Promontory: 1869 - 2015 by Raptorguy14
Promontory: 1869 - 2015
The photo on the left is an 1869 photo of the town of Promontory, located in Box Elder County, Utah. Promontory was the site of the Golden Spike ceremony, which marked the completion of the nation's first transcontinental railroad. The photo on the right is of the same view 146 years later, on the anniversary of the Golden Spike ceremony. 
Gold Hill, Utah by Raptorguy14
Gold Hill, Utah
An overview of the small town of Gold Hill, located over an hour from Wendover, the closest sizable community. Due to its isolation, much of the town is well preserved. Though it's a pain in the neck to reach, Gold Hill is definitely worth a visit for ghost town enthusiasts in Utah and Nevada.
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! :)
iheartcanada Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Elleven11 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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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