el ganeden d'esmareldas

the garden of emeralds

Broadway, Virginia, US

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Broadway, Virginia lies in Shenandoah Valley near the Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains, and has been booming since the 1850s, though it wasn’t formally incorporated until 1880. It was originally known as ‘Custer’s Mill’ and was successful as the railway ran through it and it was very fertile, being known as the ‘breadbasket’ of the Confederacy during the American Civil War. This being said, much of Broadway was destroyed in the war by a campaign by Union General Philip Sheridan called ‘The Burning’. Among buildings destroyed was the eponymous Custer’s Mill, and because of it’s destruction, the town was renamed Broadway. Broadway gained most of its population during  the 1940s from the poultry industry and after World War II. Despite the many abandoned buildings around town, Broadway is actually growing greatly, and today has a population of about 3,800 residents.


Orion, Alberta, Canada

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Orion was founded in 1916 originally under the name ‘Needmore’. It was a boom town that flourished for a short time on its wheat and railroad industry before losing population to a drought between 1917 and 1927. Scattered wildfires cleared out the remainder of its inhabitants and it was for the most part abandoned in 1961. Many old houses and a couple businesses remain today with its current population of 2 people.


Orion, date unknown


Orion during the War Veterans’ Picnic, 1919

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