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The Bank of Hollister

Monday, November 10, 2014

This was an unintended photo opportunity on a road trip in 2011. I stopped for fuel at a gas station on the main highway and decided to make a quick detour west to photograph the sunset.

As I drove towards horizon, I noticed abandoned buildings on either side of the road. I parked near the building in the photo and started photographing the sunset.

Within a few minutes a retired veteran came out of his house and walked over to his white picket fence alongside the road. He called me over and proceeded to tell the story of the abandoned buildings. The building pictured was a bank (later a garage) and across the road was a hotel. His overall commentary was wistful; he described how the town's buildings were closing one by one as subsequent generations left the rural Idaho lifestyle behind for a new urban existence.

Update: I found a photo on Flickr of the bank from the early 1900s: