Victor: A city among civilizations

In the late nineteenth century, after 19 unsuccessful attempts, a prospector finally found gold at 3,000 feet in the mountains of Colorado. The news spread rapidly and, a few months later, the city of Victor was inaugurated and there transferred about 18,000 miners and their families.

The story is identical to so many others that approach cities built in a hurry in the North American gold rush – which are now ghostly and abandoned. In part, this is what happened to Victor: the gold is gone, and with it the miners also left the city.

However, some citizens resisted and today Victor has 450 inhabitants, which gives it a peculiar status: it is not a ghost town but, so little, a typical contemporary city. And its buildings are the proof of this urban miscellany.

In 1999, photographers Jonathan Anderson and Edwin Low discovered the city and quickly decided to make it a design theme. “It seemed that its inhabitants had been kidnapped by extraterrestrials,” the duo told Slate.

According to the photographers, it is still possible to find tables placed in abandoned houses and a graveyard with almost illegible names, but the city “simply refused to die.” “When we are there, the world seems to be tuned to a different frequency,” they continue.

Photographers also discovered that more and more people are arriving in the city. To live there. Some of the buildings of the early twentieth century are still there, others have already been destroyed by nature. And while all of Victor’s inhabitants are “nice”, they are not part of the photographic production.


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