The Rundown World

Ghost Towns of the American West book coverBerthold Steinhilber photographs abandoned buildings and long forgotten locations in the blue world a blink before dark. Twilight is his muse. Lightning strikes the distant night-shadowed mountains as a brick chimney stands sentry over a busted wagon on the prairie. Dusk-splayed bottles and flags collect dust in Gold Point, Nevada. A ramshackle Colorado water mill slowly falls into the river. All are edged in darkness, but painted with light. Some towns died when the train tracks were tore up, others when the gold and silver was gutted and done from the hills. In Ghost Towns of the American West, Steinhilber records the last gasps of settlements founded on industries that have faded away.