There's a little old mining town down the road from my mother in law's house and Lia and I decided to go take photos there and see if a train would come. We weren't lucky enough to catch one. I shot these with my new Lensbaby Soft Focus Optic.. it's a little tricky to get the hang of, but I'm really liking the soft and dreamy effect.
A little history I found on the webz:
The Eclipse Company Town was built by the Hocking Valley Coal Company between 1900 and 1902. Operated by the Johnson Brothers, for whom Johnson Road was named, the Company Town sits atop Eclipse Mine #4 of the Hocking Valley Coal Company. Miners and their families once lived in the quaint houses, which form two parallel rows. The town's store served as a pay station and general store for the miners. The miners could earn credit only, and kept a running tab based on the amount of coal loaded in the mine. That credit was then used in exchange for goods and services at the store.
Married miners without children rented the two front rooms of the second floor of the store. Miners with families and children rented the houses. There were originally eight company houses in the town, with another five nearby, about where the US 33 bridge cross the Hocking River today. It was called Five Spot. There were also many more company houses on the other side of Johnson Road and in the surrounding area.
The mine closed in the early 1930s, as did many others in the area, due to the Great Depression. But the Eclipse Mine #4 reopened in 1940 as part of a World War II effort and continued operating until 1948.
In 1997 Eclipse, Ltd., was formed by five friends who decided to take on restoration of the company town because of their interest in local preservation, history and the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway. In February 2009, renovations of the Eclipse Company General Store were completed.
The Company Town now has twelve company houses, one shotgun house, and the company store. The houses are rented to an array of commercial and residential tenants including Heaven's Oven.