Oct. 3, 2016: A former school building, The Shaniko Chapel, is now available for weddings in Shaniko, Oregon. A century ago, Shaniko had a population of about. 500. Today the community has about 35 residents. The Shaniko Historic District has 45 buildings, many of which have been renovated.
Yesterday, I visited the Oak Creek Canyon Whole Access Interpretive Trail. I wanted to play with the Average Camera Pro iPhone app. By combining multiple exposures, the app creates painterly effects. For this image, I used about 12 images. The Oaks Creek Canyon Whole Access Interpretive Trail is lined with a fence to allow full handicap accessibility. The fence also adds a significant graphic element to pictures taken there.
September 27, 2016: Tourist takes photos inside the gravity house at Confusion Hill near Piercy, California. The Highway 101 roadside attraction opened in 1949. In 2010 the site gained California Points of Historical Interest status.
September 28, 2016: The closed Ship Ashore Gift Shop and Museum in Smith River, California, just south of the Oregon Border. The Ship Ashore Museum is a former 157-foot yacht "Caritas" built-in 1925. In World War II, the vessel served as the coastal patrol yacht, USS Garnet. Following post-war disposal, the ship arrived in Smith River. Around 1965, 12 tractors took 10 hours to drag the vessel one-quarter of a mile inland next to Highway 101. An October 25, 2019, note at the Roadside America website reports the museum still closed but under renovation.
November 1984: Cheeta, a chimp owned by animal trainer Tony Gentry, enjoys an occasional cigar and his daily can of beer. Newbury Park resident Tony Gentry claimed he got the baby Chetta in 1936. The claim was false. While Gentry had trained chimpanzees for 1930s Tarzan movies, this Cheeta appeared to have been born in the 1960s. In 1991, Gentry gave Cheeta to a Palm Springs relative, Don Westfall. Cheeta also named Jiggs IV.
May 2, 1982: Luanne Blaich, of Woodland Hills, and Michael Morgan of Encino, at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire held at Paramount Ranch south of Agoura Hills. In 1989, the Faire ended its 22 year run at Paramount Ranch and moved to San Bernardino.
Sep. 28, 2016: A Pteranodon at Prehistoric Gardens near Port Orford, Oregon. Ernie "E.V." Nelson opened the park in 1955 on land he purchased right along Highway 101. The rain forest location provides the backdrop for Nelson's 23 hand-built prehistoric creatures, including a 50-foot-tall Tyrannosaurus and 85-foot-tall Brachiosaurus. Family members still run the park. This image was taken with the iPhone Hipstamatic app using the Tinto 1884 Lens and D-Type Plate Film preset.
September 26, 2016: One of several vehicles with trees growing out of them at the Solar Living Center near Hopland, California. The Grow Thru Car grove contrasts with the drive-through Redwood trees just up Highway 101. A year ago, the site was purchased and now called the EcuTerra Center.
Aug. 19, 2017: Western-themed iron-works on the exterior of the former Blaine Hotel in Chadron, Nebraska. The upscale hotel opened about 1889 - after being put for a sheriff's sale to repay the building contractor. On June 13, 1893, the 1000 mile Chadron-Chicago Cowboy Race began here. The race ended on June 27, 1893, in Chicago at Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. After some conterversy, Joe Gillespie has descaled the winner. Today the Blaine Hotel is an apartment building.
Sep. 27, 2016: A couple uses a tablet to take photographs at the Chandelier Tree near Leggett, California. While the sign claims the coast redwood tree is 315 feet tall, an arborist using a laser rangefinder measured the tree as 276 feet tall. Chandelier Tree is located in Drive-Thru Park, a privately owned coast redwood forest operated by the Underwood Family.
My thoughts on images past and present.