The Abandoned
Teton Cattle Chute
Cattle ranching was never more beautiful.
Abandoned cattle chute on the Moulton farm. Leaving Utah in the 1830s the Moultons set out to help feed the growing LDS population. They farmed and ranched the area until the 1930s. Many of the building still stand in what today is called Mormon Row.
Pontiac Detail
Rusted Pontiac found in Victor Idaho.
Barn on Black's Creek Road
Cresting the a Hill on Black's Creek Road you see a piece of history. Built in 1900 this old barn has seen many changes. Most recently the side of the barn collapsed a few months after I took this photograph.
Dodge Truck
Left in a field in Victor Idaho, this old Dodge wears a coat of many colors of paint.
Last Sunrise
Located along highway 31 just after Swan Valley, my favorite barn has started its final collapse. This may be the last sunrise I see it standing.
Dodge Doors
Chrome handles from a 1930s Dodge still shine brilliantly in the mountain air. Long abandoned in Silver City Idaho this old car was once a miner's pride and joy.
Tumble Inn
Growing up in Riverton, Wyoming I have driven by the Tumble Inn my whole life on the way to Casper, Wyoming. I watched it fall from grace as it went from a fine steak house to more seedy pursuits. Then it was just left unwanted. (On a side note, I met the man who painted the old cowboy on the sign at an art show.)
Rust and Chrome
1950s Buick Eight Special picked over for parts and left. The chrome still shines like new against the rusted body.
Betty Miller's Barn
Built in 1900,this old barn has survived over a hundred years Idaho winters and summers. It even made it through a flood. Sadly, a few months after I took this photograph the right side of the barn collapsed.
Our Lady of Rust II
This 1940s Ford pickup sits tucked away in a grotto cast off items. She tirelessly stands guard over the discarded. She is the patron saint of the abandoned.
Sway Back
Along Highway 31 between Swan Valley and Victor Idaho rests this barn. I often travel by and it has be one of my favorites to visit. I have watched it slowly fall down over the years, but this past winter the support snapped. I fear the next time I see it, there will be nothing but rubble.
Miner's Delight
Left by the closed silver mine in Silver City, Idaho, this 1930s Dodge rusts. I wonder if it dreams of making its way off the mountain.
Mom's Favorite Curtains
In an onion field outside of Wieser, Idaho sits this little house. There was once a lot of love there, now it is just a ghost of a memory.
Handles
Detail from a 1940s International Harvester K series Truck. This truck had the distinction of being one of the first trucks to receive a diesel engine. It hauled cattle from Wyoming to Colorado to feed the soldiers in World War II.
Silver City School
Silver City Idaho once had a population of over 2500. They built a school to educate their children. It was open from 1892 to 1930. The school house fell into disrepair. In 2005 and 2006 an effort was made to restore the old school back to its original condition.
Detail from a Buick Eight Special
The details on old cars always make me smile. They were designed with such care and attention. At least whoever used this car for target practice missed those lovely circles.
Moulton's Barn
Long before the Grand Tetons became a tourist attraction, the Moultons homesteaded on Antelope Flats. Leaving Utah in the 1830s the Moultons set out to help feed the growing LDS population. They farmed and ranched the area until the 1930s. Many of the building still stand in what today is called Mormon Row.
Ford Hood
Detail from Our Lady of Rust a 1940s Ford pickup truck.
Pontiac Badge
Rusted but still shining this old Pontiac wears it's badge with pride.
Sweet Ol' Girl
Hard work is all a good farm truck knows, until it is left to rust.
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Our Lady of Rust II

This 1940s Ford pickup sits tucked away in a grotto cast off items. She tirelessly stands guard over the discarded. She is the patron saint of the abandoned.