Inside Goodwin Mercantile by Arla M. Ruggles

Gold Hill, UT

The mercantile store was often the social hub of small western towns. This one has a vault at the back, and security bars on the windows and back door, suggesting that it might have offered banking services, as well as groceries and dry goods.

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A battered and weathered sign at the heart of town reads:

The town of Gold Hill, established in 1892, was named for a gold bearing mountain just east of town. Gold Hill became famous for its location of many minerals, including silver, gold, copper, lead, tungsten, and arsenic. This first boom died and the area was left behind.

The Deep Creek Railroad was built into Gold Hill in 1917, and the town quicly bloomed. Arsenic was badly needed during WWI to control insects destrroying the cottonfields of the South. Over 3,000 people lived and worked here as stores, a school, a pool hall, and a newspaper flourished. Then, cheaper foreign sources of arsenic became available and the town faded.

WWII reawakened the town, due to high demands of tungsten used in steel and electric filaments. Tons were shipped out until the need was gone and the town of Gold Hill dwindled again.

Please respect private properties of Gold Hill

Goodwin Mercantile

Canon 350D EOS
Sigma 70-300 mm

Not technically HDR, the effect is the result of adjusting highlight – midtone – shadow. Corel PhotoImpact x3

Great Basin Life exists … between … high desert expanses and majestic mountain wilderness.

Daily, I watch the winds of change sweeping away what remains of our western culture and heritage, and the land that has produced them.

My mission is to preserve as much as I can, of that which will soon vanish, through my photography.

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  • ducilla
    ducillaalmost 5 years ago
    Fine looking store!..Good light and nice interior finishes! These old buildings are so full of history and lost dreams.. I love the look Arla…Dennis
  • Thanks, Dennis … it was the most interesting of the few remaining structures in the old town.

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • doubleheader
    doubleheaderalmost 5 years ago

    Great take Arla.. sorry I missed the outing.. Hope ya’all had fun… =D

  • Thanks, Bill! Yes – quite well worth the long drive to get there. :)

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKalmost 5 years ago

    Marvellous work Aria.

  • Thank you, Don!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Lynn Bawden
    Lynn Bawdenalmost 5 years ago

    Another Gold Hill? There is another one just below Virginia City. Lots of history in this photo, Arla~Lynn

  • This one is in Utah … just barely. :)

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • buttonpresser
    buttonpresseralmost 5 years ago



  • Thanks, Dave!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Morpho  Pyrrou
    Morpho Pyrroualmost 5 years ago

    Congratulations!Very nice shot!


  • Oh! I think this is my first image to be featured in Time Gates!
    That is exciting. Thank you, Morpho!!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Susan Bergstrom
    Susan Bergstromalmost 5 years ago

    I think this was my first apartment! LOL…Not! What we humans let fall into the dust…great texture to this…

  • Thanks, Susan. I think this was my favorite shot of the whole day … and I knew it would be, while I was shooting it.

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • NinaF
    NinaFalmost 5 years ago

    great capture ..a window into the past

  • Thank you, Nina!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • MJD Photography  Portraits and Abandoned Ruins
    MJD Photograph...over 3 years ago

    Congratulations! Your work has been featured in the group Urbex-Urban Explorers of the United States
    – the group we named in honour of our members, who just happen to take pictures while Urban Exploring!
    Your work was chosen because it was of a very high quality and it captured exactly the sort of artistic work
    we are looking for in this group.
    Thanks for keeping the quality so high and we hope you continue to add more of your excellent work to this group.

  • vertigoimages
    vertigoimagesabout 3 years ago

    You’re featured in Wall of the World, February 26, 2012!

  • Thank you, Wendy!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

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