Back to Bankhead!
This defunct mining village was, in its heyday, the centre of an industry that was critical to the national power supply. Coal was the main source of energy for almost everyone in the country, and in the Rocky Mountains there seemed to be an awful lot of it.
Every mining operation had its slag heaps – hills of refuse – the less usable product that would most likely be abandoned, and Bankhead was no different. Of course, ninety years later Mother Nature has done a pretty good job of reclaiming those hills, and they’re a little harder to see, but they’re still there.
Here’s one, close-in, with an old, rusty cable still protruding. The contrast between the black coal and the green growth around it absorb me for it is the contrast between man’s irreverent and wanton destruction of the land, and nature’s recognition that while she might have to wait a while she will eventually win the argument. I wonder, who was the last person to touch that cable? What was he thinking about at the time? Where did he wind up when the townsite closed?
Bankhead is a fascinating place to visit. Click here for more information.