Looking at: Downey Idaho

Downtown Downey Idaho April 2012. Two classic brick structures define the main intersection of this small farming town (population 613) in southern Idaho.

Old Downey Theater sign says “opening soon Laurel and Hardies.” The two story structure is called Hyde Block and it houses the town’s market It features an ad for Mountaineer Overalls with Stop Loss pockets.

The best image from the shoot includes a dilapidated two-story building, a grain elevator, a bar with a log cabin facade, and a variety of other single-story buildings.

Cunningham Implement and Downey Lumber bathed in orange street light.

29 thoughts on “Looking at: Downey Idaho

  1. I travelled in Utah, Arizona, Nevada and California 15 years ago. Discovering your blog with the great photos from countryside in Western USA makes me dream of these days – and of coming back again – soon!

  2. Love the images, love the feeling of it and love the fact that you just made me want to get back in the hooptie and travel the country in search of some new and incredible images of our strange landscape called America. Keep up the great work!

    • Single story shops really help define a place and if kept up age really well. Keep checking back as I’ll be posting more shots of small western towns in the future. Thanks for commenting.

    • I like the mural itself, how it has aged and it’s placement on this small commercial block. Thanks for your comment.

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  4. These are beautiful pictures! I was born in and grew up in Downey :) Thank you so much for the trip down memory lane.

    • My pleasure. Thanks for visiting Looking at the West. I’d like to get up there again this spring and photograph some more of the town and maybe a few residents. Anybody know someone who works at the grain elevator?

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