Saturday, November 12, 2011

Old Prospector


It is a been a while since we have visited the men of the rugged outdoors, so I think it is time we have an Old Prospectors week. We start with this photograph from Idaho. The picture was taken in 1889. The prospector is Archie Smith, and he is prospecting near Eagle Creek. If you click on the picture you can see details of his camp much better.

19 comments:

  1. I wonder if that open air porch was planned from the start, or added on afterwards?

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  2. I know this is an old picture but I know a guy that looks just like him. He has a cabin upstate and carves musical instruments from rough logs.

    John

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  3. Airplane week was fun, thank you.

    Old Prospectors week should be great, too.

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  4. Makes the summer camp pictures look like luxury living.

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  5. Just curious, where is Eagle Creek?

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  6. I wonder if he found his fortune? When I look at this I find myself wondering what is lurking in that wood pile, and also what would happen to his house foundation when a good rain comes along.

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  7. He is what my kids call a GOP, grizzled old prospector. ( I think they got it from the Three Stooges.) He looks like a likable follow.

    I love these old pictures.

    He has a very untidy woodpile, he must be a bachelor.

    I wonder what Pearl Oil is. Was it for cooking or for mechanical use?

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  8. ahs guessin this hyar is a pitcher of use fum yer yunger days. ad reckanize th feller who was all sweet on mah sister ennywhar.

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  9. You hesh up there Zerelda, you just sour that Nate boyz not payin you anny tention since de feud is back on.

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  10. There was a Pearl Oil Company in Los Angeles around that time. It talked about drilling so am assuming it's not food.

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  11. evry body knows pearl oil is a bran of kerosene

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  12. ill eben use it in a sentence fo ya: "pa almost threw pearl oil on PJM an lit him on fire when he sar him kissin Charity."

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  13. What a fun blog! Looking forward to more prospectors!

    Kurt

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  14. Thank you for this photo. What a wonderful shot.

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  15. I'm guessing the porch was added later. and maybe after another year or two, they enclosed the porch and made it a room. See the 2 or 3 vertical boards -- he's thinking about just that or a wind break, anyway. I wonder if his dish pan and his gold panning pan were one and the same?

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  16. Brand spankin new and it looks as old as the hills? Nice quality work man! Cool!

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  17. John's comment rang a bell with me because I was just thinking "I wonder if this guy has a fiddle in that cabin?" And I agree with Myrtle; he looks likeable. Not sure about the grizzled part; looks like he might be younger than me...

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  18. This looks just like some of the buildings up in Jarbigde, Nevada.
    Its fun to be able to walk thru old towns, go back in time in my mind, and imagine what daily life was like.
    Great photos and info.
    Thanks heaps

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