Showing posts with label Then and Now. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Then and Now. Show all posts

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Riding about the Three Rivers Area, NM

December 20, 2019

Lots of history in this small area, to include one of the major residents here being the first Cabinet Level official convicted in the Tea Pot Dome Scandal.

Found all this out via a quick read of a book titled Tres Ritos (Three Rites), the original name of the area where three creeks converge in the valley.  Written by Gary Cozzens, it was a book one can borrow from the campground office.

I would end up using captures of some of the pictures in the book to show "then and now" further in this post.

After it got above freezing, I geared up warmly and drove Fiona, the '99 Patrol sidecar rig all the way to the Three Rivers National Forest Campground, about 8 miles away closer in to Sierra Blanca Peak.  The road is well maintained so driving a big RV to the campground is not a big deal, though the campsites didn't seem to be very big as I cruised through.

On the way back towards camp, I explored every side county road I came across:

The above county road would end at the border with the Mescalero Apache Reservation, stopping any further progress:

Getting closer to camp, I took a different county road to check out the Santo Niño de Atocha Chapel

 I didn't go inside the church but I later found another blogger 
who did:  LINK

Circa 1960s
Source is Gary Cozzen's book

 Wooden Cross, I wonder if it used to
be on top of the church steeple?

 Santo Niño de Atocha Cemetery, note the white cross
atop the cliff in the background.

The cliffs are part of what's called the Palisades
 The ruins of a building near the church, with
the two crosses atop the cliffs visible

Just past these above ruins, is the dirt road leading to the Stations of the Cross trail which apparently leads all the way to the top of one of the Palisade Cliffs.  I found another post where someone hiked this rather steep trail which saved me the effort!  LINK to see pics from up top:

There's 13 stations of the cross along the hiking trail, I just took pictures of the first three:

 closeup of the above first station

I then returned to camp and finally got around to putting the Rideon Tire Sealant into Yagi's tires.  This is in expectation of picking up cactus spines while riding my TW200 in Arizona later on this trip.

As part of the installation, you ride the motorcycle 4-6 miles to spread the sealant evenly within the tire's inner tube.  As part of this riding, I rode east towards US54 and took more pics for then and now:

Source is Gary Cozzen's book

 The school is now a private residence

circa 1950
Source is Gary Cozzen's book

A couple of the "animals" on display:

 Anyone want a Barbed Wire Rhino?

I wandered about with Yagi, exploring side trails that I'd skipped while on Fiona.  Didn't get very far on any of them, they either ended up in very bad conditions:

or became very rocky and seemingly miles of the same stuff:

or, I hit the reserve point on Yagi's tiny gas tank (1.8 gallon) and had to ride back towards camp to get more gas as there were no nearby gas stations.

Monday, January 06, 2014

Photo Insets - Denver's 16th Street

While nowhere near as cool or well done as the photos shown in this previous posting: LINK; or even as well done as the pictures show on; I give you my rendition of vintage photos of Denver's 16th Street.

Back in the day, it was apparently a main parade route for events and celebrations.  I found several photos in the Denver Public Library's archive; and using photoshop, merged them into photos I took just the other day of the same location (mostly).

I will show the original photo first, then the merged version.  I hope you enjoy them, I found them actually pretty easy to make.  The call number is listed below each pic as sourcing information.  Just use the archive link above or try the call number link below each photo.

16th Street and Tremont Place, 1979, 
before it was made into a mall.

16th Street looking north towards the Daniels and Fisher Tower

Armistice Parade, November 1918 

Decorated for Christmas 
Circa 1930-1940
16th and Arapahoe Street

Denver Police and Firemen's Parade
May 21, 1921

Policeman standing in Tramway Loading Zone, 1928
16th and California Street

16th street looking south from Stout Street 
Circa 1935-39

I know, not a single view of my motorcycles.....private vehicles are not permitted on the 16th Street Mall these days, just official vehicles and the buses.

Do you have a street similar to Denver's 16th Street in your town?  

Thursday, December 26, 2013

For my fellow moto-bloggers: a useful website

Hope you had a great Christmas Day!

Most of you readers know my penchant for the ocassional posting featuring "then and now" photos.  They show a landmark/place usually as it once was and as it is now, preferably with one of my motorcycles somewhere in the "now" picture.

Martha, my loving wife, discovered by accident (through googling) a website that provides a source of "then" pictures, superimposed onto Google's StreetView feature of Google Maps.  Very cool.

I'd been lucky to have access to a huge repository of archival photos of yesterday, courtesy of the Denver Public Library.  Now perhaps, you can access photos from near you, to see what was there before and what is there now.

Here's a link to the site:  LINK

It's name is and its superimposing feature of old onto new allows you to adjust the opacity of the "then" shot so you can see where it fits on the Google StreetView photo that is "now".  For the most part, the photos are aligned pretty well.

 Near the Brown Palace Hotel in Downtown Denver

The Trinity Methodist Church near where I work in 
Downtown Denver.

Not a bad little tool for the quick creation of "then and now" shots I believe.  It also gives me the idea of figuring out how to do the same in photoshop, with future "then and now" shots of mine, so they'll include a shot of my motorcycle choice of the day as well.

Hope you like this site, and that it inspires some "then and now" postings of your own.  The site is North-American-centric for now, but perhaps as folks upload their own shots and the coverage of Google Maps Streetview spreads further.....

Monday, September 02, 2013

Fairmount Cemetery - Then and Now

It's Labor Day today, so as most of the folks in the USA, I had the day off.

The morning started in the cool mid-60s and I figured it was a good day to visit a local cemetery with a rather imposing gatehouse.  A gatehouse which catches one's eye as one rides on busy Alameda Avenue near the intersection of Quebec Street.

Fairmount Cemetery Gatehouse

Fairmount Cemetery Gatehouse
circa 1890-1910
source: DPL: c-123

Being a cemetery, which are places not known to change a lot, it's not surprising that the gatehouse is pretty much the way it was over a hundred years ago.  The steeple tower missing is a shame, in my opinion.  

The gatehouse no longer serves as the main entry point to the cemetery, there's now a driveway to the east of the gatehouse for that purpose.  I rode in with Valencia, my 2011 URAL Patrol Sidecar and parked in the back of the gatehouse to soak in the historic atmosphere.

Driving a little further into the cemetery, one comes upon the Little Ivy Chapel, a very picturesque structure overlooking the older section of the cemetery.

Little Ivy Chapel 

Little Ivy Chapel
circa 1893-1900
source: DPL: z2830

A closeup view of the chapel's towering adornments.

The Chapel stands as proudly as it did over 100 years ago, a testament to its builders, wouldn't you say?

I motored about the older sections of the cemetery, rolling slowing past large and small mausoleum sites engraved with common names and also famous names.  There was even a section designated as the Military Graves section where Colorado's military members rest in peace.

The World War II Section

The early morning sunlight precluded much shooting of the other interesting points in the cemetery, another day at another hour perhaps.  I left the cemetery to the few bicyclists I saw slowly meandering the lanes between the cemetery's sections.

Here's some more information about the Fairmount Cemetery, along with a list of notables buried there: LINK

Here's a link to a series of pictures of the gravestones found in the Fairmount Cemetery: LINK

Update:  Added then and now pics of the Fairmount Mausoleum Building on the southern end of the cemetery:

Fairmount Mausoleum

circa 1920-1930
source: DPL RH-370

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Then and Now, via Insets and Splices

You all know how I like to sometimes do a blog posting showing "then and now" pictures of places I ride to with my motorcycles.

You've probably seen TV commercials where old photographs are superimposed on images of the same present day location.  There's a blog with a growing collection of such photos: dearphotograph.

Today, I found something way cooler.  I was perusing a site called, in their "History" section and found this great splicing of then and now photos by Kerényi Zoltán:


Please click on the author's name above for the rest of the spliced photos of the Budapest series.  It's well worth your time.

On a similar vein but without any easily discoverable motorcycle content, another series of pictures where WWII photographs are "merged" into present day surroundings in the same location.  The series is by author: Sergey Larenkov.


Then there's three photographs along the same techniques as used by Sergey Larenkov, the author however being Seth Taras.


Along the same vein, there's this series of pictures blending photos of earthquake-damaged San Francisco location with present day imagery by Shawn Clover


Not as cool as the above collections but still, quite a collection of photos inset into photos:  LINK