Okay, I’ve had this idea kicking around inside my head like forever, and so this weekend I decided to finally get off my keister and throw it together. I’ve been collecting all these historic photos of the Carson area, from newspaper clippings, and books, and postcards, and online photo galleries, and I’ve always wanted to go out with my camera and take pictures of what the same place looks like today. You know, a “Then and Now” comparison. This has been done a hundred times before, in books and websites, and I even wrote a blog post about it. But, except for a few pages I did on Virginia City last year, nothing like this has ever been done for Reno or Carson City. So this is where there’s a perfect little niche for me to squeeze into, and get it done.
So starting today, there’s a new section of Around Carson, Northern Nevada Then And Now. It’s devoted to rephotographing these historic snaps from the past, and putting the new side by side with the old. The site launches with two articles, one of which is a rehashing of one of my Virginia City pages. But I’m hoping I can add a couple of these a week and grow the site out pretty quickly. At least, that is, if the old procrastinating bug doesn’t bite me.
It should be pretty exciting to watch the site develop. I’ve had the desire to do this building up inside me for a long time now, I just didn’t have the framework to put it all into. But now, after a few hours of work, I’ve got a little mini CMS built, so I can just plug in pictures and text, and the site does all the heavy lifting of assembling the HTML and updating the index page. That saves so much time, and now I don’t have an excuse to procrastinate on writing the articles anymore.
And, I’m always looking for more pictures, so if you have anything black and white and historic of Carson City, Reno, Dayton, Lake Tahoe, Douglas County, or anywhere else around here, send it my way and I’ll see what I can do with it.