Friday, August 20, 2010

Last Chance Saloon

Last Chance Saloon, originally uploaded by susanvg.

Driving from Brooks to Drumheller is a trip through the old west. Towns that once thrived are now practically ghost towns. Coal mines which provided many jobs are now shut down. Wayne is off the beaten path, across nine single lane bridges (there are two more past this saloon) along a winding road. The Last Chance Saloon is full of an eclectic collection: bottles, photographs, animal heads, antlers, tobacco tins and all kinds of memorabilia. Beer is served in canning jars.

Inside the Saloon

Another village, Dorothy has only a few houses an abandonned grain elevator and what looked like two out of use churches. Perhaps one or both are still in use, but they look quite lonely in the Badlands landscape.

Church in Dorothy

One place everyone stops is at the hoodoos. Their odd shapes are other-worldly. Carved out of the sandstone, they are slowly eroding.



  1. Such a great a collection of photographs.

  2. Love the old church and the last chance saloon. The hoodoos are amazing. I like how they standout against the blue sky.

  3. The old ghost towns and decrepit buildings are fun to explore. I like your photo of the hoodoos against the blue sky.

  4. The last shot is by far my favorite! Great blue background and funky hoodoos! Thanks for sharing!