Auto Wrecker

High Plains Boneyard Documented With TLR Cameras From 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.

During the last few years, I’ve been restoring film cameras of the 1890s through 1960s and using them to shoot the machinery at races and car graveyards. My favorite tools for this have been ancient box cameras from the early 20th century, and I’ve obtained some nice photos with these cameras at old-time junkyards in northeastern Colorado. The twin-lens reflex camera type is much more sophisticated than the cheapo box design, and I decided to take my three favorite TLRs to Speedway Auto Wrecking in Dacono, Colorado, during a blustery winter day last month. Here’s how it went.



The Twin-Lens Reflex camera was state-of-the-art in the middle of last century, and so were these cars.


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The Twin-Lens Reflex camera was state-of-the-art in the middle of last century, and so were these cars.



a sign hanging from a pole: Speedway Auto Wrecking sign


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Speedway Auto Wrecking sign

Speedway is a family-owned yard located in the farmland well northeast of Denver, and it specializes in American vehicles from the 1930s through

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William “Bill” Marvin Smith

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William “Bill” Marvin Smith

GREENFIELD

William “Bill” Marvin Smith, 58, Greenfield, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, January 18, 2021. Bill was born on December 24, 1962 in Celina, TN, to Junior and Ruth (Scott) Smith. Bill is a 1981 graduate of Greenfield Central High School.

Although Bill kept to himself as a free spirit, he was always willing to lend a hand to assist others. He knew no stranger and was very social. He loved working on automobiles and models. He last worked as a delivery driver for Fields Auto Parts & Salvage in the Greenfield/Wilkinson area. Upon his deliveries, all stores and employees knew Bill by name. It was also not uncommon to see Bill without his coffee or cigarettes. He loved to travel to the South, especially to Tennessee. He also loved cats and often took care of the salvage yard’s cat.

Bill is survived by his loving

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Read all of her Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columns

Pulitizer Prize winner Kathleen Gallagher writes a column for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Business section. You can read all of her columns here:



a person posing for the camera: Kathleen Gallagher, executive director of 5 Lakes Institute, is a former reporter who was awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting. She is writing a column for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


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Kathleen Gallagher, executive director of 5 Lakes Institute, is a former reporter who was awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting. She is writing a column for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel



Work continues on the High-Performance Computing Data Center (HPCDC) Globe Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Mount Pleasant. Coming in at 100 feet tall, the globe will house Foxconn's Network Operations Center.


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Work continues on the High-Performance Computing Data Center (HPCDC) Globe Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Mount Pleasant. Coming in at 100 feet tall, the globe will house Foxconn’s Network Operations Center.

‘Occupy Wall Street 2.0’ attacks feeding trough of the financial services industry

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GOP Rep In Ethics Scrap Over Auto Salvage Business

A GOP congressman’s reported intervention with Georgia officials to preserve a sweetheart business setup for his auto salvage inspection company has drawn the attention of the House ethics committee, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported this week.

After the newspaper first revealed the actions of Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA) in August, an investigator for the ethics panel said in an e-mail that the panel planned to issue a subpoena in the case, indicating the seriousness of the matter, according to documents the Journal-Constitution obtained through an open records request. The ethics panel declined to comment about any investigation.The gist of the allegations against Deal, who denies wrongdoing, centers on Recovery Services Inc., a company he owns with a partner that provides a garage where state inspectors looks at cars that have been salvaged and rebuilt.

Deal, who we last encountered demanding a copy of President Obama’s birth certificate, is now running

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