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Ghost House: 1939

Ghost House: 1939

June 1939. "Gold mine owners built substantial homes in ghost town of Pony, Montana." Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein. View full size.


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The jigsaw

God's gift to the mid-Victorian home builder.

Door to where?

As curious as I am about the design for the weather vane I'm more perplexed by the door to nowhere on the second floor.

My initial thought is that they must have intended to add a porch on at some point in the future, but that wouldn't flow with the design of the home.

Having experienced challenges of moving furniture in and out of older homes more times that I would like to remember this seems like a great way to get larger items, such as the bed, upstairs without scuffing up any wallpaper.

My only other theory is that this would be a place to put the husband instead of the doghouse.


[It's a tiny porch. Note the newel posts on either side of the door. - Dave]

Not a wise investment

Why would they build homes in a ghost town?

Modern Day


There's no Street View of Pony, but a search turns up a Wyethesque photo of this house with poppies growing in the yard, taken in June 2015:

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