Scott Postma

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A Lesson From a Tombstone: Part One

Midway along our journey from Las Vegas to Reno, my family and I wandered off the highway into a savage and stubborn wilderness to find a rest stop to let the kids take care of business.

What we discovered though was a strange piece of history that compelled us to explore and photograph an old mining town.

Goldfield sits in the middle of the Nevada desert recollecting shattered Ozymandias’ half-sunk, sneering visage.

With nothing now but vultures and sagebrush littering the lonely sands that stretch far from the doleful town in every direction, one half-expects to be greeted by a sign warning visitors: ABANDON EVERY HOPE, ALL YOU WHO ENTER.

Dusty and dilapidated, the bitter town was replete with rolling tumble weeds, haunted saloons, and boarded-up brothels.

It was the kind of place where it would have been a sin not to explore the graveyard, so after the kids finished their business, we set out in search of the eerie necropolis and soon located a small forest of white headstones, parked the truck, and stepped out into the windy inferno…

[This is the first of a series of segments. Read Part Two, or Subscribe Here to get each segment delivered to your inbox when it posts.]
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6 Replies

  1. Gilead

    Aww, now I’m hooked, and I gotta wait until Monday?