The More Things Change …

Some mornings I come across a blog post from a friend that breaks my mind – in a good way.  Today’s post from Todd Vernon titled My 100 year hobby was one such post.  Look at the picture below.

The picture on the left is Central City, Colorado from around 100 years ago.  The picture on the right is it from last weekend.  Todd describes how he put the shot together and makes a few observations about Central City, Blackhawk, and the Colorado Central Railroad.  He even manages to weave a reference to the Internet into his post, along with some comments on trees (note the absence of them on the left on the hill in the background.)

I run a lot in the mountains around Boulder and I live in a canyon that has been around for a very long time.  I’ve seen plenty of old pictures – it’s fascinating to me to juxtapose them with current pictures.  It’s just the other side of the augmented reality coin.

Oh – did anyone notice the M&A and IPO markets seem to be back?  It suddenly feels a lot like 2006 / 2007 in the tech world.  At least for this week.

  • It amazes me to realize that most of the mountains along the front range were stripped bare of trees to support the mining operations 100-150 years ago. Almost everything that you see now is new growth since then.

    • Yeah – that’s both amazing, cool, and scary.  Especially when you think of what is going on with all the beetle kill stuff in Summit County.

      • I kind of a fan of just clear cutting all the lodgepole pines in summit county. It will all grow back and we don't have to look at it anymore.

  • John May

    You should check out the book by John Fielder where he does the same thing with pictures from 1870 compared to the same site in year 2000. He does it all over the state of Colorado. Nice leather book that can be a showcase piece. I was talking about it today. There is one picture in which there was a whole town in 1870 and is now simply a dirt road with nothing there.

    • I've got fielders book – it's a great one. Thanks for the reminder.

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