Saturday, March 22, 2008

Quiet Time

Quiet Time
Originally uploaded by Scrap Arcs
Well, it's all about built decay, and so I might as well start with the handiwork of my now departed friend's hands, dedicated to the Lord, now returning to the earth. The natural cycle of things can be somewhat disheartening.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Back to decay

I'm much more interested I think in the process of taking the photos and viewing them than cataloging the history of a site, but sometimes we need people to find out about these places and find out what stories they told. I know this was a service station at one time, and when I lived maybe two blocks from this back in college, there was a guy who sometimes sat in there and did work of some kind, so I know it's not completely abandoned.

Location: Tempe, AZ, near University & Rural, very close to Arizona State University

Status: for sale (anyone got lots of money and a love for historic preservation?)
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Friday, November 23, 2007

Things which can no longer exist

Gas Pump Regular 1
Originally uploaded by Scrap Arcs
One of the most interesting signs of decay is seeing a decayed object which no longer can exist. I haven't seen a regular gas pump in probably twenty years, and this may well have been the last I'll ever see. I can hear in my head now, "It's the end of the world as we know it..."

Photo notes: Photo taken September 2007 in Gila Bend, Arizona.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Bowie Gas Station

Bowie Gas Station
Originally uploaded by Scrap Arcs
Coming into Bowie headed east, this is the first sign of civilization that you see. It almost looks alive - but it isn't. In fact, I pulled in only to see a gigantic mean dog trying to jump a fence that it looked like it could handily clear. I stayed right in my car and left the property with all due haste.

It looks kind of modern. I wonder if it was open when I was in high school maybe.

Thursday, October 11, 2007


This was once Texaco. Now it's a run down sort of holding place for old, dying cars. Going down main street, there is a closed mineral store, another 3-4 old gas stations, a cool sort of old teepee (closed), a very neat old fairly recently repainted and refurbished, but now overgrown with weeds hotel, and much more.

You can tell when a small town's been bypassed by the interstate.

Welcome to Bowie, Arizona.
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Monday, October 1, 2007

From the heyday of drive-ins, another concept

The drive-in church. What the heck were they thinking? Obviously it wasn't a successful concept, because all the speaker posts have been uprooted and it's just an ordinary church now.

The online church concept hasn't really taken off either. The poor Catholics are really out of luck because there is just no way to have e-communion.

Glass and Garden Drive-in Church, Scottsdale, AZ - photo taken 9/30/07

Sunday, September 30, 2007

For this post, I am going a bit farther into town and photographing decay that is technically right in the Valley of the Sun (that's the Phoenix, Arizona area for y'all lookin' from out of town). I now bring you downtown Buckeye, AZ as of about a month ago. Amazing how there are all the new exurban McHomes and not one person gives enough of a hoot to revitalize a little old downtown. Knowing this area, give 'em a few years and they'll knock it down for some new upscale lifestyle center or something.