Sunday, October 2, 2011

Thompson Springs

Less than a mile north of I-70 at the turnoff to the Sego ghost town and the Thompson Wash petroglyphs, lies the town of Thompson Springs.  The 2010 census shows less than 39 residents. 
A lot of the houses look like the one above, dilapidated and possibly deserted.
This white building gives us a taste of the town's history.
The sign in front tells the story.
The town was once important enough to merit a train stop at this station.
Parking is still available, but the old sign is overgrown with weeds.
This old building still has a sign for the Desert Moon Hotel.  Someone seems to be living there and maintaining the place, but I saw no evidence that the hotel is currently in business.  A gas station near the interstate is the only viable business we saw. 
The town was established in 1890 and its importance was boosted by the coal mine in Sego, now defunct.  Sadly, although it isn't quite a ghost town, Thompson doesn't seem to have much life left.

13 comments:

EcoRover said...

It's part of what we've been as Americans: move into a place, extract the natural resources, then move on. Even agriculture sometimes worked that way, or as my ag science/policy friend likes to call it, "soil mining".

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Once you mentioned the I-70 turnoff, I had to check the map. Looks like we passed something pretty neat last Sunday. We went right by there on our way to Green River after spending half the day touring the Colorado NM out of Grand Junction eager to find a place to camp. That's my excuse. Thanks for showing me what I missed.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

I love ghost towns. The Parks are full of them, or of the same ilk, because progress either stalled or returned to nature. They can be eerie I bet, too.

Marydon said...

Janie, you capture nature & life so beautifully! These photos are som of your very bet, love the buildings, foliage, & time. Your header is awesome!

TTFN ~
Have a beautiful week ~
Huggers,
Marydon

Lisa Wilson said...

Lots of history there! A shame it's almost completely deserted.

Gaelyn said...

Seems like a rather lost little town.

Love your fall header.

Busy Bee Suz said...

What a sad little town. I love your new header photo...gorgeous!!!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Yes it is sad, Janie, to see a town die like that... I look at that railroad --and think about all of the bustling activity which probably went on there many years ago...

Great photos.. Love Love Love your header!!!
Hugs,
Betsy

Dawn said...

Oh that IS sad. 39 residents? Hmmmm...me and my entire family (and extended) could take that town over:D

EG Wow said...

Hmmm. I'm not sure which is sadder, a town that that becomes a ghost town or one that gets swallowed up by a big city where old buildings get torn down and replaced by gigantic monstrosities. Just thinking.

Deb said...

reminds me of the town in Fried Green tomatoes...so sad to see a town with no people...

Maia said...

It's sad to see these deserted settlement, with houses all covered with vegetation. Progress has an ugly face too.

Pam said...

Once a bustling whistle stop for many has fallen into only 39 residents to carry on, how sad.
hugs,
Pam

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