Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Ludlow, Shropshire, England OR Ludlow, California, off Needles Hwy




In 2004, our youngest daughter, Mary married Richard McKinley, whom she had met at a Cambridge, England. It was a beautiful wedding in April, when everything was green, so green.
Shropshire Hills views and landscapes
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We stayed in Ludlow for a week, and then in Cambridge for the wedding. (A delightful blogger lives in Ludlow/Shropshire, Carole AnnCarr.)

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm
Certificate of Excellence
1066 or 1183 AD
Ludlow is one of those English towns where roses and geraniums grow everywhere, over stone walls, spilling into fences, and along roads--So amazing that I almost wanted to cry.

I have recently discovered there is a “city” here in California also called Ludlow.  Boy howdy.  Could there ever be such diametrically opposed cities?
photo of Ludlow Cafe  along route 66 in Ludlow, Ca
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We discovered this Ludlow, California, as we drove along Needles Hwy.  We had stopped for petrol/gas and were immediately hit with hot desert wind, blowing sand-like bits of black lava, from an ancient lava flow, which is now being graded and ground. 

In 1883, Ludlow was once just a water stop for trains. After gold and copper were discovered, the town's population grew dramatically. The town now has ten residents left, after the gold and copper mines ceased to produce, in 1940.

Once Interstate 40 was built, the town slowly disappeared.  Now there are many empty boarded up buildings, all that remain of the former boom town. In fact, the towns along the old Route 66 also slowly faded away.  Ah, well.

Photo of the Old Dominion copper and gold mine in the Mojave Desert
Walter Feller-Digital Desert.com
Ragtown-Ghost-Town

It is a “gold mine” now for geologists and history buffs.  Remnants and pieces of old mines and rails are very inviting to lead those interested through the Mojave Desert to Death Valley Junction, passing through towns named Baker (Home of the world's largest thermometer) and Zzyzx. 
Freeway exit sign to Zzyzx Road off Interstate 15
It does exist.
We lived in Victorville, California, for seven years in the Mojave Desert.  A desert has its own beauty, especially when the sun goes down, and the bluffs turn the colors of glory.

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Depending on your interests, please visit either Ludlow.  Both will astound you. 

Please note that the desert photos are copyrighted by Walter Feller - Digital Desert.com. and Mojave Desert Photos . He has several books available for sale on Amazon.  His photos capture incredible desert beauty.



22 comments:

  1. I think the first Ludlow would be more my style. But then how can I pass up the second with the world's largest thermometer close by lol

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    1. Baker is a much desired stop in what will become open desert. The World's Tallest Thermometer is a noticeable piece of the landscape.

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  2. I love all your pictures.

    I would be in hog heaven in that old mining town...history and rocks and beautiful places!

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    1. I am torn between the two myself. But it always come down to history and what catches one. Ludlow in England is marvelous year round. Ludlow in CA is best seen in October through April, as the summer is unbearably hot.

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  3. What an interesting contrast between the two places. I think I would enjoy them both!

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    1. Each have their own beauty and interest.

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  4. The contrasts are stark. Ludlow CA does have sunsets like roses.

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    1. When we lived in Victorville, we went on walks with our children just as the sun was setting. The air would be cooler (94 deg.) and the colors fabulous.

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  5. Neither are within easy visiting distance. Both have beauty. My father would love the second Ludlow (we camped by disused mine shafts when I was a child so he could explore). I am always blown away by how green the UK is.

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    1. It would be a hard decision: one or the other.

      I miss green so much. We moved from Victorville (Mojave Desert) to Cork, Ireland (so green).

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  6. Great shot out the cave!
    Now, how would you pronounce that road?

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    1. I will take a shot: Ziz-icks. That is the closest I can think. Be sure to check out its history. It is pretty interesting.

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  7. Olde English villages can be so pretty can't they? I do miss them sometimes.

    Ludlow, CA sounds an interesting area to visit.

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    1. A coin toss is the only way to decide.

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  8. I remember seeing the sign for Zzyzx on the way to Las Vegas when I was a kid. My brother and I spent many miles trying to figure out how to say it. Ah, good times.

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    1. My regret is that we didn't take that turn-off and see what was there.

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  9. It's a toss-up as to which would be better to visit. The English Ludlow is so pretty, the American one would be great for stark photographs.

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    1. Going to Amazon soon to check out Walter Feller's books. His photography is intuitive.

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  10. It’s Ludlow, Shropshire for me. Particularly since I live just 30 minutes by car away and make Ludlow my shopping town. It’s a gorgeous place, a gem among the usually mundane and samey English towns.

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    1. We stayed in "Rose Cottage" for a week, just outside Ludlow, and toured around. Walked around the castle with a booklet, stood beneath the garderobe. Saw Darwin's statue. It is a town to be explored.

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  11. I would love to be where the flowers grow, but beautiful sunsets touch my heart.

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    1. If only each were a few miles apart? No, that would ruin the mystery of each.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!