Outside the eastern boundary of Death Valley National Park is the Death Valley Historic District and the Amargosa Hotel. The hotel is a small establishment that doesn’t provide a lot of onsite entertainment. There is a coffee shop across the parking lot, but the menu is limited. There are a lot of rooms that are not available due to a lack of enough business to pay for the refurbishing and maintenance. The highlight of the area is the old Opera House … and the painted walls and ceiling that tells the story of the once thriving mining district community. Access to the Opera House is by tour only.
This structure was built in the late 1800’s, when there wasn’t a requirement for how steep a stairway could be. This thing would be tough to manage with an armload of groceries, for sure. Hopefully, it is only used as an emergency exit.
It also provides for an interesting view out the window.
Another image from the interior of the Hastings Building in Port Townsend.
This old lawnmower is one of the few items left inside the building. It reminded me of my youth when I would push a mower similar to this around the neighborhood looking to make some extra money during the summer. The one I used wasn’t so rusty.
This one seems to have a board attached… not sure what the purpose was. Either to assist with the basket that catches the grass … or maybe to use the mower (with the handle in reverse) as a hand truck (?)
The vacant Hastings Building has an empty feeling. One can image that at night the halls are visited by ghosts of the past. But in the mid-day sun, they just look empty.
These are from a recent visit to the interior of a vacant (awaiting restoration) building in downtown Port Townsend, Washington. The Hastings Building was built in 1889. The ground floor is still used for a shop or two. Some rooms are in better shape than others… but all have a lot of interesting details in the metal work and wood work.