Tea Time Thursday – Beauty in Nevada

September 30, 2010

Over the summer, I participated in a local art fair and had this original piece of photography sitting on my table.

A gentleman I did not know stopped to talk to me about it. The photo was taken by me in 2006 while on a visit with my family to a local harvest festival. The structure struck me as what Nevada must have been like long ago. Incredibly blue skies, a rustic dusty place for explorers of the new frontier.

What I did not know about the structure was the story of how it got to the place it now sits. This gentleman was able to tell me as he was the one to move it to its present location. There are several buildings next to this one, that I see everyday and they are longing me to come back and photograph them. I have always thought they existed on their current site. I was wrong. A number of years ago the buildings sat out in Boomtown which is on I-80 at the border Nevada/California Border-a big casino (with the same name and a Cabela’s) sit there now. When all the construction was occurring, they were not sure what to do with the original buildings. Story goes that this gentleman and a few friends lobbied to move them rather than tear them down, which often happens here. They were given permission to move them as long as they did it themselves. They got a couple of flat bed trucks and hauled them some 10 miles to their new location.

He asked me if I knew what the top of the structure was? I did not, I just loved the detail of the roof and the little triangular openings. Turns out that it was a pigeon coop. Back in the day of the railroad building carrier pigeons were used to send messages and this was a place where they lived. I was so struck by this story and I don’t know why it has taken so long for me to tell you.

Stop by the shop to find out more……and have a great Thursday……..

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