The Vanishing West

LocationSarasota, United States
PhotographerRobert Cassway

Cassway has traveled to the western part of the United States and Canada photographing the quickly disappearing structures of the 19th and early 20th centuries. These structures include gold, silver and copper mining communities, ghost towns, wooden grain elevators, abandoned homesteads, churches and schools. These buildings represent what is left of the efforts of the western pioneers to build a better life and to seek their fortune. These structures are quickly disappearing due to neglect and weather. Each year scores of these grain elevators are torn down or simply collapse.