Sunday, March 28, 2010

Roslyn Museum

While surveying for the Roslyn IR project, I stopped at the Roslyn Museum (which was closed, unfortunately) and took a few photos of the mining equipment. I finally found the roll of film that I took with the fisheye and had it processed.
Fisheye mining locomotive
This is the mining locomotive that is exhibited outside, leading a trip (the mining equivalent of a train) of mine carts and other cars used for coal mining. The mining locomotive hauled coal carts underground. Originally, they used mules for this duty.
Man trip cart
This is a man trip cart, which was used between shifts in the coal mine to lower the miners into the mine. The seats are angled so that the miners would be sitting upright while the cart traveled down the main slope of the mine, which was sloped along the angle of the coal seam.
Fisheye flag
This flag is in front of the mining equipment.
fisheye Miners Memorial
This memorial honors fallen coal miners and is located in front of the former Northwest Improvment Company store, just down the street from the Museum.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A sampler from my Lomographic Fisheye

I mentioned in a previous post that I own a Lomographic Fisheye. This camera is a fixed lens camera that produces 170 degree circular fisheye images. It has no controls other than a flash, and is generally a grab bag. Here is a sampling of some of my favorite images from the camera.

Fisheye sky
This image resulted from simply pointing the camera at the sky. I like it because it looks almost like a water planet!
fisheye cat
This cat was exploring the caboose in front of the Black Diamond Museum.
Franklin minecart bridge fisheye 2
This is the minecart bridge at Franklin as viewed from one end.
Fisheye waterfall
This waterfall is near the Green River Gorge Resort, across the Green River from Franklin.

Stay tuned for more images from this fun and interesting camera!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Newcastle IR project Part 2

The town of Newcastle was orginally located near the current Newcastle Nursery, east of the present town, where the original mine was located. The town later moved up the Coal Creek canyon to what is now the Red Town Trailhead of Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. The area had been previously known as Coal Creek, but became Newcastle when the Post Office moved from the old town site. Red Town was a neighborhood where the houses were all painted red. Other neighborhoods were were known as Rainbow Town and Finn Town. Some of the houses came from Franklin, when that town was abandoned. The town disappeared when the major mining operations shut down in the 1920's and 30's.
Red Town dam IR
This dam provided water for the town site from a small creek known as Red Town Creek. Wooden planks that formed part of the dam can still be seen at the base of the water.
Electrical plant foundation
This foundation supported an electrical dynamo that provided electricity for the town and the mines. It is located in the back yard of a former miner named Milt Swanson, who lives in a former company house.
Coal Creek Flume IR
These planks formed part of a wooden flume that channeled Coal Creek through the area.
Power plant foundation IR
This foundation was the foundation for a steam plant that generated electricity for the mines and the town. It actually straddled the Coal Creek flume.

Stay tuned for the next installment in the Newcastle IR Project!