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The Gem Theater

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The Opera House, built in 1873, served as the first movie theater in Pioche, NV, playing its first film in 1915. The Gem Theatre opened next door as the town’s first dedicated movie theater in 1937. Pioche, NV was once a booming mining town of the “old west” but currently has a dwindling population of barely 1000.

The Gem, which had been operating as a 2nd run movie theater, closed in 2002.

This city has a very interesting history. Check out the sources below to learn more about Pioche, “The Living Ghost Town.”

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(I realize there’s a google artifact over The Gem. I’m leaving it.)

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Norilsk Industrial Institute

Norilsk is a Russian city inside the Arctic Circle and is the northernmost city with over 100,000 people. It was founded in 1920. Because of industry, the city has common acid rain and contributes 1% of the world’s sulfur dioxide. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova from the band Pussy Riot grew up in Norilsk. The city has two movie theaters. One of them is currently playing Despicable Me.

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Qaanaaq Airport

Since I spend approximately 75% of my life browsing Google Maps I’m starting a collection of images I think are interesting enough to share. This isn’t the first project using Google as the medium and I am largely inspired by Doug Rickard’s A New American Picture project, though I do hold opinions about Rickard “recreating” these Google images with his own camera. But that’s a different conversation.

I plan on using street view and overhead maps to note upon landscape evolution, far corners of the world (which I do believe is a globe), and local interesting scenes.

Here’s my first post in this project. The Qaanaaq Airport in northwestern Greenland. Qaanaaq has, according to Wikipedia, a population of 656 people. The local population was forcibly relocated to Qaanaaq from the areas from Pituffik and Dundras to the north in 1953 when the US expanded their military activity in the area during the Cold War.

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Read more about the High Arctic Relocation of the 19th and 20th centuries