I have long enjoyed the look of old west false front buildings.
Not many left any more.
False fronts were used on business buildings to give a
more dignified look and a more permanent look to the building and business. People
moving in from the east were supposedly impressed by the eastern appeal of
these buildings. Store keepers and town builders felt the false fronts, turning
one story building into two stories, gave the appearance of a busy commercial
One interesting story
says the false fronts were used in Colorado to hide the mountains from the new easterners,
thus not reminding them they were not back east any longer. Today mountain
views are one of the great things about the mountain west and they can cost
homeowners a lot of money. How times have changed.
The Photos are from main
street in Hartville Wyoming a great old west tiny (population less than 100)
For Sale Business Building
Hartville Post Office
The Old Fire House - There is a Very Nice New One Now
And a Fixer Upper