Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Strand Theatre, Rawlins Wyoming

This is the Strand Theatre Building in Rawlins, Wyoming.  The theater was built in 1919, at a time when movies were becoming increasingly popular.  I don't know what the current use of the building is, and whether or not it is still used as a theater.

Some may wonder why the Strand had its name painted on the back of its building.  The theater is located only one block from the Union Pacific railroad, and at that height, rail passengers would have been likely to notice the sign.  Rawlins was a major stop on the Union Pacific at that time, and its likely that quite a few travelers saw the sign and were tempted to take in a movie if they were staying overnight in Rawlins, which had at least one fairly good sized hotel in the downtown district.

Public School wall, Rawlins Wyoming.

This is a former wall for the public school in Rawlins, Wyoming. The school is no longer there, and hasn't been for as long as I can recall, but the decorative wall remains.  As noted on the wall, the school must have been built in 1886, prior to statehood.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Saturday, July 6, 2013

The Royal Hawaiian

This is the Royal Hawaiian on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu.  It's one of the original luxury hotels on Oahu, and is famous for its distinctive pink color.

The hotel has an interesting history, as it started prior to air service made travel to Hawaii easy, and therefore, for the most part, travel to the islands was a luxury in and of itself.  It was taken over by the U.S. Navy during World War Two, and operated as a rest facility for submariners.  It resumed operation as a hotel post war, and remains a well known hotel today.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Missionary Houses, Lehaina Maui Hawaii

These are obviously beyond the scope of this forum, but still, this provides some interesting examples of houses for Europeans in the Hawai'ian island in the 19th Century.  The one constructed from volcanic rock is particularly notable.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Old Yellowstone District Signs, Casper Wyoming

Casper Wyoming has been working for some time on developing its Old Yellowstone District, so called because the Old Yellowstone Highway runs through it. This road is no longer the highway, and has not been for quite some time, although it was as recently as the early 1970s, and I can remember traveling on it in my parents cars.

The city has commissioned these signs, which have a 1930s feel to them, seeking to promote business. leisure and residence in the district.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Lex Anteinternet: Railhead: Arminto Wyoming

Lex Anteinternet: Railhead: Arminto Wyoming:

This thread includes, through the generosity of Ray Galutia, the only photographs on the web of Arminto Wyoming during the height of its existence, in the 1940s.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Basin Wyoming Post Office

This is a bit outside of our unusual topic here (which admittedly has been expanding) but this is an unusually nice and classic small town U. S. Post Office.  This is the very classically styled Post Office in Basin, Wyoming, which is right next to the classically styled Big Horn County Courthouse.

That such an impressive, albeit small, structure was built shows how viable and important these small towns were.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Sidewalk Clock, Casper Wyoming

The March 10 entry on Today In Wyoming's History, which featured a sidewalk clock from outside of Wyoming, reminded me of this one, in Casper.

This is something that isn't as common as it once was, a sidewalk clock.  Once a fairly common, and pretty neat, feature of the downtown landscape, I don't know that anyone puts them up any more.  If they do, it's not frequently.

This particular one has been in place for decades.  So much so, in fact, that I hardly take notice of it, even though its a prominent feature on the sidewalk. This is the Ayres Jewelry Store sidewalk clock which, as can be seen, is in the shape of a large diamond ring.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Black Cat Books, Greybull Wyoming

This doesnt' really fit our normal topic category here, but interesting advertisement theme nonetheless.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Firehouse Brewing Company, Rapid City, South Dakota

Firehouse Brew Pub in Rapid City, South Dakota, converted from a downtown fire station.

Downtown Rapid City

This Iphone photo was originally intended to show the odd seen of a dance class at work in the second story of the building across the street, but that taxed the ability of the Iphone camera.  Therefore, what it shows instead is part of the well preserved downtown of Rapid City.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Lex Anteinternet: What people read

Lex Anteinternet: What people read: We've had this blog up for a couple of years now, with the first posts being in 2009 . There were none in 2010, but we really took off in p...