Wednesday, May 24, 2006

The Bisbee Stairs

In 1935 the Works Progress Administration was formed with the goal to employ mainly unskilled blue collar workers during the great depression. It was a version of a program created by Herbert Hoover and continued by FDR.

One of the projects was the construction of stairs in the town of Bisbee, Arizona. Bisbee is a mining town built in a canyon and before the stairs were constructed the habitants walked up the sides of the canyon to their houses on what certainly must have been treacherous dirt paths.

The stairs are everywhere.

Every year on the 3rd Saturday of September a race is held in Bisbee. "The Bisbee 1000" is a race on some of the stairs.

The goal is the preservation and restoration of the city's stairs.

Below is how I got my wicked sunburn last Sunday and it was worth every dead piece of skin coming off my forehead. I wandered the town shooting the stairs. Here's six of about 20-30 shots.

I shall post more.

BTW. I'm home in Vancouver now.
Enjoyed a lot! »
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