Located near the mouth of the Eel River in Northern California - on a high hill, just south of Eureka. Loleta is dairy country - and a factory sized milk processing plant sits near the center of town. The few retail stores line Main Street - a railroad track lines the other side of Main - leading straight up to the side of the Dairy.
The rails are now rusted and overgrown with weeds. The cluster of brick buildings that defines the dairy - are silent and for sale. Large cracks split the mortar between the bricks. The tanks that once held cream now host iron oxide. The wooden out buildings support moss and lichen.
Many houses line the hillside above the dairy. One imagines the many folks - taking that easy morning stroll down to the time clock - before heading to their work stations at the plant. One can but hear the train, slowly departing the loading dock - now heavy with butter, milk, and cheese - heading to market. But, no more. The old dairy sits silent. Dark.
[notebook]: This is the first of a series of 10 images - exploring Loleta, California. These images were taken last week - while I was returning from Oregon. Enjoy.
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