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I chose this shot because it suggests something of a ghost town in the wild west of the USA.  Ilford is not a ghost town but it looks like it is trying hard to be one.

There are empty churches, a closed down inn, cafe and roadhouse.

Q. So why did Ilford miss out and be selected as one of the places to die?
A. It was bypassed by the railway, gold was never found and there a no coal mines in the immediate vicinity.

See more of Ilford over at 100 towns.


  1. In other words ... It didn't have what it takes to be a town. What a pity!

  2. In the wild west towns were made of wood. Today they're just kind of sad and rusty, like this sign, so you're close.


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