Friday, May 27, 2011

Buildings along 287

These pictures are virtually all the evidence, save road signs, that I saw of humans along Route 287. I believe I missed one building, and I missed a train. These pictures were taken along a stretch of about 50 miles.
Many places were quite shabby.
Evidence of crop irrigation. There's relatively little rainfall here; when the snow melts, of course, it simply recharges the aquifers.
This looked to be a pretty vast place.
Windmills often run water pumps for the livestock.

This gas station is right as you enter Laramie, Wyoming. These small, privately owned and operated stations used to be quite common in the US, and they used to be able to fix cars at most stations. Now they're all closed down, and in most places, the buildings have been torn down. It's an unusual reminder of time gone past.

This is the last thing before we entered Laramie. It's doubtless got something to do with processing and shipping agricultural products, since there's a rail siding at the back of it, but I didn't notice a sign identifying it.

Here's hoping you all have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend! I might see you here; it depends upon how the weekend goes!

10 comments:

Pam said...

It's great to see your side of the country through these posts. Hope you have a great weekend!

P.S. I thought of you today while I was making another loaf of bread. :)

Breezy Point Mom said...

287 gets even more desolate northwest of Laramie. We drove diagonally across the state of Wyoming on 287 from Grand Teton NP all the way to I-80 and it was startling how empty it was. It was the least inhabited portion of our trip, simply amazing how much land with absolutely nobody living there. So beautiful, though, in contrast to what we normally live with.

~~louise~~ said...

Happy Memorial Day Weekend to you and yours Marjie!!!

I just can't bring myself to get use to all that desolation. It seems unnatural. Wyoming is not quite as barren as some Nevada highways I've travelled.

Nice shots!!! I do love all our lush greenery in good ol' PA!!!

Channon said...

Happy Memorial Day weekend! I loved the red rocks of Sedona, but the barren views were otherwise a little disconcerting for me out West...

Benny and Lily said...

It looks so beautiful and peaceful
Benny & Lily

knittinwolf said...

Very pretty...have a wonderful weekend!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Just popped in to see some parts of the country around you, grat photos. Diane

Linda said...

...again, thanks for the tour.....its been years since I've seen that part of the country.

altadenahiker said...

Nice, melancholy photo of the erstwhile gas station.

Nichole said...

Purty!