I thought this photo was especially appropriate since it's Sunday! We took off Friday on another roadtrip. This time we headed to the Globe/Miami, Arizona area. I don't know what it is about us and mining towns! Globe's another old copper mining area -- actually, they're still mining copper! A local told me a Canadian company is opening up a new mine that's expected to give a real boost to the local economy.
We stopped in Miami, Arizona on our way back down the hill. While Globe seems to be revitalized with most of the storefronts in the downtown area now occupied, Miami is a ghost town still on the rise. It's actually a very slow rise. Every time we stop there, the downtown street is virtually deserted. The town does have two handfuls of galleries and antique stores, but once again, I was disappointed because few of them were open. A shop owner said most are only open on the weekend. (I figured Friday was close enough!)
One street off the main road, I saw a ramshackle building with religious signs on the front. Stuff (and I do mean just stuff) was thrown out on the sidewalk in front of the decaying edifice with garage sale signs tacked around. I walked over to get a photo because it was such a strange conglomeration of messages.
A young guy came running out after seeing me across the street with my camera and immediately asked us what we might be interested in. The streets were deserted, so I think he leaped on us since it might be his sole opportunity of the afternoon. His wares were mostly rocks and a few copper pots. I felt bad, but we left empty-handed -- with the exception of this photo.