Monday, 14 May 2007

Over the Sitgreaves Pass - Arizona (a route avoided by the new interstate highway)

Cool Springs Camp, located in the Black Mountains on the approach to Sitgreaves pass in 1927. The original buildings were constructed out of stones gathered along the highway. In the 1930s the chicken dinners attracted tourists and locals for 20 miles. In the 1950s when traffic moved to the new Interstate the traffic crawled to a halt. Cool Springs has only recently been opened again!
Very few cars travel past Ed's Camp these days.

Ed's Camp is located at the approach to Sitgreaves Pass from the east, one of the most feared and dreaded sections on all of Route 66. Lowell "Ed" Edgerton purchased the property in the late 1930s hoping to lure the increasing number of tourists to buy from his grocery store, gas station or souvenir shop. There was a trailer camp but motorists would pull in and sleep in their cars or tents. For $1 they could sleep on a camp bed (Am. cot) on a porch which was screened to keep insects out. Water was sold by the bucket. (R Olsen's book Route 66 Lost and Found)

You can see why this route was avoided - zig zag bends and increasing gradients through a desert landscape.

Canyon de Chelly

Thursday, 10 May 2007

The shed - outside and inside

Between Kingman and Oatman, Arizona

Cholla Cactus
Jukebox in Hackberry trading post Inside HackburyShed behind Hackberry

Car at Hackberry

Hackberry petrol station

Desert flowers

Cool Springs - petrol pumps (now disused)

Wednesday, 9 May 2007

Having technical problems

I'm having technical problems with the blog. There's a huge space after the last few photos which I can't seem to delete. I'd like to think that this is the blog's fault - however, I'm still more awake at 3am than at 3pm, so I shouldn't rule out the human factor!

Some Route 66 Arizona photos

Wigwam Motel

Twin Arrows - deserted gas station and trading post

On the outskirts of Winslow - the remaining sign of the Tonto Drive-In Theatre. I'd hoped to find a screen and old ticket booth but this is all that was left. There were bulldozers in the field and I don't expect the sign wll be there much longer.

Holmbrook - Wigwam Motel (Have you slept in a tepee lately?)

Jack Rabbit Gas station/trading post - deserted

Jack Rabbit sign

Flagstaff- tall sign of Sundowner Motel near railroad tracks

Flagstaff - interior of Monte Vista Hotel

Trading Post - Flagstaff Arizona.