A personal blog of photography and commentary by Andrew McAllister.

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.



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  1. April 16, 2012

    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!

    • Andrew McAllister #
      April 16, 2012

      There is a lot to look at here in the west. Hope you make it back.

  2. April 16, 2012

    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!

    • Andrew McAllister #
      April 16, 2012

      Thanks for looking and your comment.

  3. April 16, 2012

    I really enjoy your blog. I hope you don’t mind but I have nominated you for the Sunshine Blog Award. Please see my recent post for details.

    • Andrew McAllister #
      April 17, 2012

      Thanks for the nomination. I like and follow your work too!

  4. April 17, 2012

    Second picture is beautiful. At first sight I have thought that the painted tree on the wall was the shade of the lamp-post. Very involving image.

    • Andrew McAllister #
      April 17, 2012

      Glad you liked it.

  5. April 18, 2012

    Amazing pictures! I love photos of small-town America, and these make me wish I could go there (I have a BIG thing for single story American shops too).

    • Andrew McAllister #
      May 9, 2012

      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.

  6. April 19, 2012

    Love this style of photography.

  7. April 20, 2012

    nice photography…

  8. April 20, 2012

    love the soft colors and tones you get from some of those late day shots, nice job!

  9. April 21, 2012

    Hi Andrew, I sure like your pictures. That mural on the side of the building is interesting. Have a wonderful Earth Day!

    • Andrew McAllister #
      May 9, 2012

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

  10. April 22, 2012

    Evocative images. You can almost smell the smell of the atmosphere framed.

  11. April 23, 2012

    Wondferful photo’s-I agree with Ankur-you can almost smell it! I found you via the wordpress release-congrats on your wonderful blog!

  12. April 24, 2012

    Great Photos. My husband and I love small towns with character like these. Over the years we have taken many shots while passing through on our travels.

    • Andrew McAllister #
      May 9, 2012

      I’ll check your blog out. Do you post images of small towns?

      • May 9, 2012

        Occasionally. We have load on the hard drive of past trips that I have yet to post so you might find a few here and there.

  13. June 16, 2013

    Is the downey theater for sale, or lease ? please e-mail me at thanks all..

    • Andrew McAllister #
      June 16, 2013

      I have no idea. I can check the next time I’m up that way, sometime in the next two months.

  14. Kaci Renner #
    April 2, 2014

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

    • Andrew McAllister #
      April 2, 2014

      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?

  15. Kaci Renner #
    April 2, 2014

    Oh, and to answer the gentleman above, yes the theatre is for sale for 30,000.00

  16. Clea Barfuss #
    April 2, 2014

    The Downey theater is for sale.

  17. Jana Morgan #
    April 2, 2014

    Awww……home sweet home. Born and raised here

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