January in Eureka

Last Sunday the weather here in Utah was just spectacular with clean air and relatively warm temperatures for January. It was most definitely a good day for a cruise in the Cayman GTS. After running an errand, I decided that a drive to Eureka via Utah 68 then west on US 6 would be fun. That route has lots of curvy, twisty roads — just what the Porsche and I love.

I hadn’t been down that route for awhile, and I knew that some work has been done upgrading the old deserted Sinclair Station in Elberta at the intersection of UT 68 and US 6. That building has long been a photo stop for the car folks. Stopping there was a must.

Here is the Porsche Cayman GTS in front of the old Sinclair Station in Elberta with Mount Nebo in the background.

Someone has now added an old gas pump, and the whole place has been cleaned up. They even added a picnic table and planted some grass behind the building. It is now a pretty sweet little rest stop. Maybe one of these days, there will be a real restroom to replace the porta-potty. Not something to go into during the pandemic.

You can see that there is now a little parking area graded and graveled. This place will be hopping come warmer weather when folks start bringing out their summer cruisers.

So, after the obligatory photo stop which included some nice, new surprises, I drove west on US 6 up the canyon to Eureka, an old mining town. As the highway heads westward up the hills toward Eureka, it becomes really twisty as it enters the canyon. This is just the type of road that brings out the best in that Cayman GTS. The traffic was nearly non-existent, so the Cayman got a little exercise through the canyon.

Eureka is just on the west side of the East Tintic Mountains in Juab County, Utah. It’s an old mining town – gold, silver and other precious metals. In fact, there are still several large, commercial operations in the mountains around the town.

This is on US 6 looking at Mt. Nebo to the east . I was just east of the canyon heading out of Eureka when I stopped to take this photo.

While not a ghost town, it only has less than 700 residents, and much of the old downtown is boarded up or nearly falling down. But the town has some really interesting old architecture and lots of history. Today, the old elementary school caught my eye, so I decided to pull in and see what the camera and I could do.

This is the east building in the old campus. It is still used as you can see.
Here are both of the old grade school buildings with a hint of the new school building on left of the photo.

These are generally in the art deco style although not nearly as ornate as say the Chrysler Building in New York City. But nevertheless, they do have a definite coolness about them. I really liked the subtle lines and the multi-toned brickwork. The trim detail is just not seen anymore as is the more ornate decorations over the door of the building on the left. The designs seem almost timeless, but with character that the newer buildings just lack.

I really had to change this image to monotone to more closely match the original character of these mid-century buildings.

To me this monotone image just brings out more of that art deco feel. I think it takes the modern edge off of the vehicles too, helping them blend better into the architecture. What do you think?

Here is the Cayman parked in front of that grade school building. No one was around, so I could take some liberties.
In keeping with that monotone theme, here is the same shot converted to black and white with a 33% 85 warming filter applied.

Well, the day was getting short, and it is best not to be driving in these canyons near or after dark as deer and even occasionally elk frequent the mountains in this part of Utah. So, as I was driving east toward Elberta and then home, I found this spectacular view and pulled over. There is always time for one more photograph.

I think that the monochrome really brings out the contrast and texture of the mountains and sky much better than the original color. Again, this is Mount Nebo looking east from the canyon just east of Eureka.
Same shot, same black and white conversion. The only difference here is that in this photo I have applied a very light cooling filter (an 82 at only about 12%). The intent was to help convey that winter bluish tint.

Now, I would like some feedback here. I personally prefer the more cool toned photo, but my wife hates it. She likes the one above with the subtle warming filter applied. I believe it was an 81 at about 25%. What do you all think of these monotones, and do you have preferences between the more cool tones or the warmer grays?

Hopefully you have enjoyed my little Sunday afternoon jaunt as much as I did. Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog. Stay safe and have happy travels.

5 thoughts on “January in Eureka

  1. Wow these pictures are amazing – I love the look and feel of those old towns. As to the preference between cool and warm – for me it really depends on the photo. In these cases I think I like the warm better, but the cool tones are very lovely too!

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    1. Thank you, Ms. Henry, or MB, if that is ok. I appreciate the feedback. I usually use a little bit of warming for the black and white because I think it softens some of the harshness. Or it makes a photo have more of a vintage feel. But you are right. On some some, I personally like the cooler tone to convey either that cold feeling or maybe a softer light.

      Well thank you for letting me know your thoughts, and especially for following me. Stay safe out there.

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    1. Thank you! I value your feedback on the filter. Maybe I am coming over to that side. I am glad you enjoyed the post. I think I am lucky to live in an area where there are so many cool places so easily accessible. Stay safe and thanks so much for commenting and visiting. Hopefully this year will let us all get back toward our normal lives.

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