Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Deadwood Stage



Today's picture shows a great shot of the Deadwood Stage. The picture was taken in 1890. The stage has a full load of passengers.

There has been some great discussion on the topic of old historic towns being turned into gambling towns with casinos. I had mentioned that I visited Virginia City in Nevada, and how sad it was to see the historic mining boom town turned into little more than rows and rows of tawdry slot machines. On the other hand, I had the chance to visit Silverton, Colorado several times. Gaming had not moved in there, and it was a quaint little town that had very well preserved its history. Nice little shops, lots of antiques, and lots of historical things to see. 

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  1. They sure are packed in! I wonder if you got a discount for riding on the roof?

    I would love to visit an old town not swallowed up by gambling. I love old buildings, furniture and antiques!

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  2. Many years ago I was in Cripple Creek and Victor,Colorado. At that time there were maybe 50 people total. It was a great place to visit and we walked for miles through the area. There were no paved roads into the towns. They had changed very little since the Boom Days of the 1890s. I went back in the 1970s and it had all been destroyed. I have not been back.
    Over population and greed are destroying every thing.

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    1. Don't despair my friend. I looked up Victor and they say the town is on the way up. New busineses have moved in, the mining company is going strong and they have and are renovating many of the old buildings mostly with private donations so there are alot of folks like us that want to perserve the past. It's encouraging.

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  3. Looking at that picture it reminds me of how spoiled we often are. Today people get in a hissy fit if they’re on a plane and have no internet connection. Actually, just being on a plane is in a way a miracle in itself, compared to a stagecoach. Everyone should spend the first 16 years of their life living in the 19th century…..to appreciate the 21st century. I offer you exibit A......... http://pinterest.com/pin/206250857905998225/

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  4. PJM, we just took the boys to Virginia City this past April and we had a grand time. Sure, a few of the older saloons had the rows of slot machines that you described, but there was plenty to see. We took a mine tour, the Mark Twain Museum, the Fourth Ward School Museum, St. Mary's Church, the Opera House, and my personal favorite - a wonderfully grand cemetery tour. Most of these were free or very cheap and gave the boys a great feel for life in a frontier mining town. We did not take in the bordello tour (for obvious reasons), but it sounded interesting as well. Even the presence of all the slots didn't seem terribly out of place as I believe towns like this were always looking for ways to separate the foolish from their money.

    One funny story, our youngest son was very curious about the slots, so against my wishes, Kristine decided she was going to teach Johnny a lesson, so she took a coin from her purse and gave it to him and said, "Here, I'm going to show you how quickly these things eat up your money." So she sat him down had him pull the lever and the think lit up and started making all kinds of noise - jackpot! Jonathan said, "This is awesome!" Let's go get our winnings now. Kristine even more disturbed, said, no, we're not leaving until you lose, so after several more pulls, the winnings were finally lost and the money gone. To which my wife, now satisfied said, "We can go now." I didn't say anything, but to this day, I'm not sure what the lesson was. Your mom gives you money to gamble, you win, but your mom doesn't let you leave when you want to while you're on top, and you have to sit until you lose all her money and you're still not out anything. Perhaps the lesson was, it's not as fun to gamble with your mom. I don't know.

    Apart from that curious head-scratching episode, we all had a grand time in Virginia City.

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    1. Maybe the lesson learned was, Quit while your ahead. Then again your son was ready to quit so I suppose, Never go gambling with Mom is the correct lesson. Thanks for the laugh, I was rolling when I read that.

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  5. we're not leaving until you lose

    Teach him to play poker, he's a natural winner. When he's worth a few million like some players and buys you a beautiful home and car and trips to where ever.......your beloved wife will have a whole new outlook. What he should learn is gambling is 'fun'....that's what it is meant to be and if you're lucky or skilled then you come out ahead. Go to gamble with X amount of money and spend ONLY that.
    We all gamble in one form or another every day.
    Glad you had some fun.

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  6. We used to have slot machines on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. One day my dad and I, his brother (Uncle Bill) and Bill's son were over there for some reason, and Ron put a nickel into one of the machines. The owner had a fit because Ron was about eight or so, and the guy could have gotten into trouble for allowing a minor to gamble, so Uncle Bill pulled the lever, and came away with a sack full of nickels. We took the money and left.

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  7. I don't like gambling because it preys on those who can't afford to lose money. How many millions of families and lives have been ruined by gambling.

    At the same time, I don't blame politicians for it. People want to gamble, just like they want to smoke and drink. They like having a flimsy excuse like helping schools or Indians to be able to vote for gambling, but basically they want to be able gamble.

    I too hate what gambling has done to historic towns, but it's better than having it in the middle of every city, I guess. :(

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