A few weeks ago, after a day spent preparing for the wedding, Brit and I decided to grab the camera, hop in the car, and head west towards the mountains. Brit suggested Lookout Point, but before we arrived we decided to just keep going; eventually we decided to follow the signs to “Hidden Valley” and ended up in Central City.  I’ve been meaning to check it out for a few years, but wasn’t intending to do it this month! We went in to one of the casinos and lost $5 in a video poker machine for the heck of it, but mostly we just wandered around and took photos.

I thought I’d go ahead and post a few of the pictures here. These have not yet been photoshopped or altered in any way, with the obvious exception of shrinking down the file size so this page doesn’t take forever to load! The photos were all taken with my Nikon D300 using a Tamron 17-50 f/2.8.

The Hawley Mose Warehouse

One of the first things you see upon entering the town, we weren’t able to snap the Hawley Mose Warehouse immediately, but after circling around for a bit to find parking, we eventually ended up above it. Central City really keeps that “old-time” feel (in spite of every other building being a casino); lots of steep roads and odd parking!

We love Vegas, but everything is huge; it can take 15 minutes just to get from your room to the back of the casino! Buildings in Central City are fairly small (and, truth be told, fairly cramped inside, at least the one we went into), but it does keep a certain amount of historical charm. Notice the steep grade to the next street!

We walked around a bit, but it was threatening to rain so we started heading back; however, we did feel the need to take a few shots of the courthouse!

Central City Courthouse

Back at the car, we admired the light behind the tower across the street before heading home. Taking these short photo journeys is something we’ve been meaning to do forever; hopefully we’ll find more opportunities in the future!

Tower against the sky