August 4 — Business/Industrial E. of Main, between Ken Pratt & 3rd

North of Ken Pratt Boulevard to where it meets up with 3rd Ave., south of 3rd, east of Main

Total for today: 37,810 steps and 6:17 time.

This area is shaped like a torpedo, with the eastern point of it being where Ken Pratt Blvd. and 3rd Ave. meet.  This will be one of  my longest walks and largest areas covered for the year.  It’s largely business, industrial, and open space, and only a handful of homes.

I’m afraid I took a TON of pictures today, about 140.  I’m putting about half of them in here… so don’t feel bad if you don’t stick it out to the end.   There are a number of pictures I took along streets and roads I have never been down…. the road by the railroad leading up to the water treatment plant, 1st Avenue east of Martin, and far east Rogers road, for example.

BARNS

There were a selection of barns along the way; one of which, D-Barn is a business which hosts special events.

D-Barn

D-Barn

 

rural barn

rural barn

converted barn

converted barn

new barn

new barn

mini-barn

mini-barn

 

LONGMONT FOODS / THE OLD TURKEY PROCESSING PLANT

It was Butterball when it closed…  it was owned by ConAgra at one time too.  I believe in the 1980′s  it was one of the major employers here in town.

Butterball closing  Times-Call article

south  side of plant

south side of plant

columns to the sky

columns to the sky

 

Main entrance

Main entrance

 

from the southeast

from the southeast

 

I think this used to belong to Longmont  Foods

I think this used to belong to Longmont Foods

 

and perhaps this too?  a truck weighing scale?

and perhaps this too? a truck weighing scale?

 

not sure if this is still in use, and if it was part of the turkey plant

not sure if this is still in use, or if it was part of the turkey plant

 

BOULDER COUNTY FIRE TRAINING CENTER

As far as I know, this street sign leading in to the Boulder County Fire Training Center is the only street sign in town that has a complete address on it, rather than just a street name.  Does anybody know of any other examples?     It’s a pretty easy address to remember…  111 1st Avenue!!!

111 1st Ave.

111 1st Ave.

 

EastSouthof3rd 077

firefighter training facility

firefighter training facility

 

THE CANNERY APARTMENTS /  DAN SIMMONS

This is a former canning factory that has been converted into apartments.  It always reminds me of multiple award-winning local author Dan Simmons, although perhaps it shouldn’t.  I read his book ‘Carrion Comfort’ many years ago, and I believe it had a place called the Cannery referenced in it.  At a book-signing here in town, I asked him about that, and it seems he did not think of  that as an influence.

Mr. Simmons mostly writes in horror or science fiction, although he goes beyond those genres at times too.  In my opinion, he compares favorably to Stephen King.  I’ve read one of his early novels, ‘Song of Kali’, three times, and each time it creeps me out.

His web site indicates he still resides in the Front Range area, but I don’t know whether he still has a home in Longmont or not.   If he does, he may be pulling a J.D. Salinger recluse bit!!  (appearance-wise, not output-wise)

Dan Simmons wiki

Dan Simmons  web site

The Cannery apartments

The Cannery apartments

 

apparently they used to can Kuner's

apparently they used to can Kuner’s

 

The Cannery

The Cannery

 

Left Hand Brewing had a tribute band festival, which I think would have been fun (it was the day before this walk).  I think  it may be an annual event, however, so maybe next year.  I would particularly like to see Dread Zeppelin, a Led Zeppelin cover band… which wasn’t there this year.

Leftapalooza 2013

Dread Zeppelin  Immigrant Song youtube

Leftapalooza

Leftapalooza

 

EAST OFF OF MARTIN — INDUSTRIAL AREA

Western Foundries

Western Foundries

 

I went through this whole  pile... NO GOLDEN SPIKE!!?!

I went through this whole pile… NO GOLDEN SPIKE!!?!

 

Space Age water treatment plant # 1

Space Age water treatment plant # 1

 

Space age water treatment plant 2

Space age water treatment plant 2

 

water treatment plant from afar

water treatment plant from afar

 

water bubbling from pipe into ditch

water bubbling from pipe into ditch

 

algae-covered ditch

algae-covered ditch

 

railroad admonition

railroad admonition

 

Crane

Crane

 

Motorcycle Salvage

Motorcycle Salvage

 

a lot to choose from

a lot to choose from

 

CNC Machining

CNC Machining

 

Bizzy B's recycling

Bizzy B’s recycling

 

so that's what the inside of a gas pump looks like!

so that’s what the inside of a gas pump looks like!

 

gas pump converted into triple-mailbox

gas pump converted into triple-mailbox

 

if you’ve made it this far, thank you for being so persevering….

but there’s still 39  more…

AND THE BEST OF THE REST of the photos…

Another nice Gamma Acosta,  presumably

Another nice Gamma Acosta, presumably

 

Royal Crest Dairy

Royal Crest Dairy

 

not sure what this is

not sure what this is

 

Marker on Ken Pratt

Marker on Ken Pratt, bridge over the St. Vrain river

 

Dollar Tree and string-bean tree

Dollar Tree and string-bean tree

 

Harvest Junction North

just a few of the businesses at Harvest Junction North

 

Crossroads at Ken Pratt & Main

Crossroads at Ken Pratt & Main

 

Zoe Auto Sales

Zoe Auto Sales

 

Nevermore

Nevermore

 

Hayes Automotive

Hayes Automotive

 

when you need your car towed....

when you need your car towed….

 

street number

street number

 

old farm  implement

old farm implement

 

Keeping perpetual watch

Keeping perpetual watch

 

Cafe of Life Chiropractic & Massage

Cafe of Life Chiropractic & Massage

 

Jester's Dinner Theater

Jester’s Dinner Theater

 

another Jester

another Jester (and another owl)

 

Old Hotel

Old Hotel

 

Old Hotel from the back

Old Hotel from the back

 

Justice Center (police & courts)

Justice Center (police & courts)

 

Justice Center plaque

Justice Center plaque

 

Jenni thinks this building housed German POW's at one time

Jenni thinks this building housed German POWs at one time

 

former Wickes Lumber --- soon to be the new OUR Center

former Wickes Lumber — soon to be the new OUR Center

 

good BBQ

good BBQ

 

46 years ago...

46 years ago…

 

AAA automotive

AAA radiator repair

 

hot rod club

ColoRODans — Longmont Car Club

 

Megan Asian Bistro

Megan Asian Bistro

 

Always wondered what this building used to be used for...

Always wondered what this building used to be used for…

 

Board Art???

Board Art???

 

Mother Mary

Mother Mary

 

Salud Clinic

Salud Clinic

 

I always thought this was furniture... turns out  it's sportswear

I always thought this was furniture… turns out it’s sportswear

 

Storage units

Storage units

 

Sugar Mill Road & E. Rogers Road both pretty empty today

Sugar Mill Road & East Rogers Road both pretty empty today

 

Krische Construction

Krische Construction

 

Burrito Kitchens / Banini / Sweet Street foods

Burrito Kitchens / Banini / Sweet Street foods

 

Verlo Mattress

Verlo Mattress

 

looks like movie props??!?

looks like giant movie props??!?

 

 

 

 

 

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