Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Mining Legacy

This old mining hand cart is tucked into the landscaping at this home. This is the third cart I've "discovered" during my photo-travels through Boise. While California is famous for its "gold rush," much of Idaho's early history focused on mining. The capital of the state used to be Idaho City, north of Boise, and a mining hot spot for gold in the 1860s. Idaho City was even the largest city in the Northwest for a while...until the gold ran out.

6 comments:

  1. I like the way they've included the cart in the landscaping.

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  2. Wow, that's kinda cool! I wonder how they were lucky enough to find one? Doesn't seem like the kind of thing you'll stumble across at a garage sale...

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  3. Interesting. I have noticed lots of yards have sort of rusty things as part of the landscaping. Here in Iowa, I see rusty wagon wheels or maybe an old wagon or even an old tractor or piece of farm equipment.

    I know very little about mining (okay -- nothing!) but I find it interesting how they used to brace up the mine shaft with timbers as they went along. I am sure mining is a whole different world now with the big machines, etc. -- but it always had a fascination about it.

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  4. Are you allowed to play on it?

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  5. The nice thing about not having any gold is that you don't have to worry about gold diggers!

    Great shot, but I'm not sure I'd want to put one of those things in my yard...

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  6. That's a fascinating find, and it's very cool that people have integrated the past with theur present like that.

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