Friday, August 31, 2012

Fire Engine Friday: Ely Ladder 1

This is Ladder 1 from the Ely Fire Department in Ely, Nevada.
Happy Fire Engine Friday!

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Fountain at SLCC

The fountain in the commons area at Salt Lake Community College.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Calm Before the Storm

This is my favorite part of the school day. That calm, quiet before all the students show up and it turns into a circus of epic proportions!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Lost Days

This school stuff is keeping me pretty busy. I totally spaced posting yesterday and nearly today. Here is a quick photo today.
A walk around the mill...

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Great Balls of Fire

This is what happens when you get a hole in one on the 18th hole in mini golf!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Friday, August 24, 2012

Fire Engine Friday: Hamilton Hand Power

Today is a little bit of a departure from the normal shiny new fire engines.
Cedar Fort has a limited number of fire engines so in order to keep this little "Fire Engine Friday" thing going and not bore everyone to tears, I need to expand this to include any fire engines I may find and photograph.
To emphasize "any" I will start with this little gem from Nevada. 
This is the Fire Fighting Cart from Hamilton, Nevada, along with the fire bell.

You can find this piece of fire fighting history outside of the Ely Volunteer Fire station on Mill Street in Ely, Nevada. Why a Hamilton, Nevada cart in Ely, I hear you ask. OK no I don't hear you, but I can imagine I do.
The cart is in Ely because Hamilton, Nevada is now a ghost town so there are no more people there to protect from fire.

I actually found this in Ely about 3 weeks after I visited and photographed some ruins in Hamilton which I believe I posted on Elko Daily Photo, which is the old name of this blog (so if you scroll thru the older posts you may find some from then or I may post more at a later date who knows)

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Action Pose

Local Motocross rider Tyrell Ault action posing for the camera on his Yamaha

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Back to School Part Deux

Continuing the "Back to School" theme today as I head back to my college classes.
This is the District School in Fairfield, Utah just west down route 73 about two miles. It was built in 1898 as you can see from the sign on the bell tower.
I don't believe it is still in use as a school but I could be wrong.
If you know for sure, please chime in.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

My Favorite Things

Here are two of my favorite things... Fire Engines and motorcycles, but not just any motorcycle, The motorcycle. Harley-Davidson.

Cedar Fort is right on Utah Route 73 which is a very popular road for motorcycles. It is a long relatively straight country road with long lazy bends and interesting scenery. Not to mention the history. To ride on 73 is to ride on the Pony Express Route, or at least a stretch of it, on your own iron horse.

The other favorite thing in this photo is a fire engine, and let's face it, they are just really cool.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Back to School

It is back to school week in Utah. What better way to emphasize this important week than to talk about Cedar Valley School. It was built in 1909 and remains the only remaining 2 room school house in Utah County. There are a few others statewide, but Cedar Fort has the last one in this county.

My son went to this school for 2 years (his 5th and 6th grades) he goes to 7th grade in Junior High school this year. Today the 7th graders go to school to learn their way around the school. They will experience the biggest transition going from Elementary School to Middle School (or Junior High) so they go in a day early. The rest of the school grades return tomorrow.
It is safe to say that a lot of the kids going to school today will have a bit of a culture shock, not just because they are going to Junior High but because they are going from a 103 year old school with 24 students in 6th grade to a middle school with over nine hundred 7th graders. 

Please be extra careful out there driving around today and tomorrow. School is back in session.

I can actually remember when schools used real school bells, not too unlike this one.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Sunday Drive

I love a good lazy Sunday morning Drive...

Saturday, August 18, 2012


We have made it through another week. Every lazy Saturday morning kind of feels like crossing the finish line.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Fire Engine Friday: Cedar Fort 612

Another blast from the past Cedar Fort style... This is Cedar Fort 612, she was replaced along with CF 611 when the Pride of Liberty Place (CF 231) was added to the line up.
I don't know all the details about her but I am guessing she is a late 60's Ford based, American LaFrance pumper. And judging from the door I am not too sure that she saw service in Cedar Fort for too long before she was traded up.

If any folks from Cedar Fort Fire are reading this and have the details, please comment.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Hitching a Bride

Sometimes you never know who you might see hitching a ride...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

A Little Kiss

Everyone loves a little kiss now and then. These two cute little ones were inspired by Bridget and Brandon and decided to "get married too".

The groom kissing the hand of his new bride. 

What a great day.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

First Dance

The Covington's first dance. Many more photos to come.

Monday, August 13, 2012


This is the first photo post from the Covington - Thomas Wedding...

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Saturday, August 11, 2012


Isn't it amazing how something so powerful can be so beautiful?
If you have never heard or felt the rumble of a Harley-Davidson... then well, I guess you have not truly lived.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Goin' Diggin'

Just a quick post today... We are heading up to the wedding in a few hours.
This is the blushing bride out diggin' in her big black Chevy.

For those that don't know, the phrase "goin' diggin' is a colloquialism meaning to "drive around where there are few roads usually in four wheel drive vehicles."

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Quaint Tools of Yester-Year

Before the tractor was the hand plow.
These seem like quaint but fascinating tools today. I am sure that back in the day these were serious business.

The only thing I can really compare it to from my own experience was when I bought my first IBM clone 386 computer back in 1992. Compared to today's super wham-a-dyne quad core processor PC's that have more Random Access Memory (100s of times more computing power) than the Raytheon AGC took to fly the Apollo missions to the Moon and back.

Back in the day my 386 was serious business, now a comparable model would likely be found in a museum filed under quaint tools of yester-year.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

In the Dirt

It's in the Dirt... That's were the fun is...

Monday, August 6, 2012

Love is in the Air

I guess I could say a cheesy tag line like "these two kids are on the right track" or I could dispense with the dairy products and say two of the cool kids are getting married this week. This is it kids... it is going to be a fun week. Congratulations Bridget and Brandon.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Sunset Ride

Like riding off into the sunset...

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Friday, August 3, 2012

Fire Engine Friday: Cedar Fort No. 4

This is Cedar Fort's back up, Engine #4, a 1980 Chevrolet C70 with a 454 CI V8, 5-speed.
Pumper motor is a Ford 429 V8, and a 1,000 gallon tank.

She goes out when 231 needs more help or is down for maintenance or training.

Over the week that September 11th falls on #231 will be in Salt Lake City and CF #4 will be the main engine in service.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Where the Buffalo Roam

This old place is along the highway between Cedar Fort and Stockton, Utah. I don't know the history of it, I just know that it has been there as long as I can remember.
It is showing signs that it is ready to fall over so I got in there before it becomes an unrecognizable pile of lumber.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

No. 119

   This is No. 119 and she is famous for being one the two steam engines that met at Promontory Point, Utah, (Of course then it was called the Utah Territory) on the north end of the Great Salt Lake on May 10, 1869, to complete the Transcontinental Railroad. She carried Union Pacific Railroad Vice-President, Thomas Durant and other dignitaries to Promontory Summit from nearby Ogden, Utah, after the original engine Durant chose for the occasion was stranded on the wrong side of the Weber River in Ogden Canyon after a bridge on the line was damaged by heavy spring runoff.

   This is an exact replica of No. 119 (The original was sold for scrap in early 1900) built by O' Connor Engineering Laboratories of Costa Mesa, California after a challenge by the National Park Service in 1975. There were no blueprints to go from so O' Connor's team spent two years drawing them up from photographs and an Engineer's Handbook from 1870. Then they spent an additional two years building them.

   In 1979 on the 110th Anniversary of the original Golden Spike Ceremony, No. 119 and her famous cohort in time, the Jupiter, were reunited and christened with water from the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

  Her partner, the Jupiter, will be the subject of another story on another day.