Saturday Photo Gallery: Superior, Arizona

Sir Barken Hyena writes:


To take some air before it got too hot in this desert summer, I rode the Green Monster out to Superior, Arizona early this morning. Not quite a ghost town, but surely not living, Superior has seen a few attempts at a boutique revival, and some are still going on. A few towns like Bisbee and Jerome have made this transition but how many art galleries can one state support? Meanwhile Superior lingers on from the scrapings of highway traffic, a few salaried officials and some desultory, mostly robotic mining. But, it’s not without it’s beauty.

About Sir Barken Hyena

IT professional and veteran of start ups. Life long musician and songwriter. Voracious reader of dead white guys. Lover of food and women.
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7 Responses to Saturday Photo Gallery: Superior, Arizona

  1. mryder01 says:

    Dude. Loving your pictures.

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  2. Will S. says:

    Reblogged this on Will S.' Sunny Side Blog and commented:
    Great gallery, SBH!

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  3. agnostic says:

    “Not quite a ghost town, but surely not living, Superior has seen a few attempts at a boutique revival”

    Two key facets of the Mountain West shown here that most people wouldn’t suspect, and would even suspect the opposite:

    1) Roots are shallow and unstable out West. This town first showed up in Census records in 1920, and began to steadily lose population already by the ’70s — it scarcely lasted two generations. Sounds like it was a fly-by-night fluke, and that there’s nothing to revive. Trust of a lot of towns out West.

    2) Most settlements out West were not rural but urban, ranging from small mining / logging / etc. towns to larger cultural centers like Salt Lake City (Mormons). Back East, there are lots of areas that used to be rural, and then got developed. Out West, it’s been urban from the get-go. Just because the Mountain states don’t lie on the Pacific coast doesn’t make them part of Flyover Country. Rural farmers lie as far west as the Plains states, but no further.

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  4. agnostic says:

    *True* of a lot of towns out West.


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  6. Mary Scriver says:

    Valier, MT, where I’m living is an example of industrial — which is not quite the same as urban — development in the middle of wheat and cattle country which are gradually being rendered more and more industrial. These elements: early recognition of the potential of irrigation; building of a dam in the foothills, creating a system of canals and an impoundment lake that stretch out onto the prairie. This is all early civilization stuff.

    But then comes the industrial railroad and the development of grain elevators, which take the grain out to closest major river and then to the ocean where it becomes major “coin” among nations. It is only seen as “feeding the masses” when it suits the international corporation that owns the system. It is easily corrupted. The organic is at the mercy of politics and mechanization.

    Valier has collapsed to the minimum needed to support the private ranches and the employees of the Canal Company. Churches, school, post office, tavern, library. It’s culture was literally imported when the Catholic church, the railroad, and a couple of entrepreneurs who became as Civil War raiders (on the Confederate side) — they moved a village of Belgians to the shore of the impoundment lake, people who knew how to farm. The culture here is the senescent culture of WWI Europe. From IS to OUGHT.

    Spengler has immense explanatory power and that strange mix of nature worship and steely hegemony I see around here all the time. Thanks.

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