Fort Worden State Park

Overlook of Fort Worden main complex
Bunker
Rusted Door

Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, Washington is one of my favorite locations for walking, biking and for taking photographs. The old bunkers have been left to the weather, and the weather has worked it’s magic to make the heavy metal doors into visually appealing artifacts. A good use for an abandon Fort that overlooks the entrance to Puget Sound … and that never fired a shot (except in practice).

Amargosa Hotel

The Amargosa Hotel

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.

Amargosa Hotel Veranda
Amargosa Hotel Peeling Paint

Stairway

Stairway

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.

Lawnmower

Lawnmower

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 (?)

Empty Hallways

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.

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