Friday, November 26, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
I love ghost towns. I love cemeteries. I love the middle of nowhere.
I photographed the ghost town of Piedmont, Wyo. about a month ago. Wendy Peterson, who is descended from some of the founders and settlers of this town and lives nearby, gave an explanation of each building still standing and the history of the town, and explained the charcoal kilns which are being restored there. Founded about 1867 as a railroad town for Union Pacific, Mormon pioneers Moses Byrne and Charles Guild helped establish Piedmont with ranches and the charcoal kilns. Because of the steep grade of the railroad tracks and politics during the Golden Spike era, the tracks were eventually rerouted and Piedmont became a ghost town. During its heyday, Piedmont had many saloons and visitors and it is rumored Calamity Jane stayed there and Butch Cassidy met one of his partners to plan a robbery in the Piedmont hotel.
Peterson's family still owns the land and ghost town. She welcomes visitors but spoke of many people who use the buildings for target practice or take cornerstones and other things from the town and hopes in the future others will take only photographs.