The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Abandoned Places #8


The town of Elkhorn
(Jefferson County, Montana)

13 comments :

Loye said...

This is a great series. I hope you keep posting these.

Loye said...

It would be great to see what these would look like if they were renovated.

R.H. said...

How interesting.

And small windows in large buildings, a mistake they made at the time.

swac said...

It may not have seemed like such a mistake in the winter...

R.H. said...

Is that why igloos got no windows at all? ha ha ha. Bloody Canadians.

R.H. said...
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R.H. said...

No, well I'm thinking of Victorian era terraces around here, very dull inside.

R.H. said...

Pommy influence.

slyboots2 said...

Re. the windows- they had to bring the glass via wagon train- not practical to use large panes of glass. I have been to Elkhorn- it's about 20 miles from where I went to college. Up some very steep and windy roads that are closed most of the year due to heavy snow.

R.H. said...

I'm not saying you're wrong, but there's another style: small panes in a large frame, I forget what it's called (Colonial?).

Marshall P. Smith said...

I agree, this IS a great series!

the sweet spot diviner said...

in answer to loye's comment about renovating >> it would be a travesty if these were ever painted that natural aged wood look is amazing & make them fit in to the landscape so well ... renovate if you have to but don't even think about painting those exteriors ! down with paint !

R.H. said...

Absolutely.