Friday, July 20, 2012

Achievement 15: Image Unlocked!

Two more images linked by the concepts behind them: mining!

The town of Jerome began as an old mining town that truly epitomized "the wild and wooly west" in its heyday. Then the price of metals being taken from the mines fell, and even the new technology of extraction could not keep the town alive after World War II ended. Nearly a ghost town in the middle of the last century, Jerome has been reborn as a thiving destination for tourism and art lovers of all kinds.

The cookstove is a relic from a gold mining camp that did not fare as well. The Kentucky Camp in the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson became a ghost town after being abandoned in 1912. Today it is slowly being restored by the National Park Service that aquired the property in 1989.

Arizona's ghost towns have a lot of myth and story told about them, and often the truth is stranger than the fiction. Check out these possibilities:

The image of the post office sign in Jerome was made available courtesy of photographer Mediafury through a Creative Commons license:

The campstove picture is courtesy of Lisa Waite Bunker.

(Just one more piece of the image to unlock when you comment on the final quest of SummerQuest!)

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