Forgotten Historical Route 66 11 May 2016

May 11, 2016

I began my day by driving through the commercial section of Cottonwood, AZ toward Jerome. My first stop was a scenic overlook. This overlook is nice as I could see some of the old plumes from an abandoned gold mine up on the mountain.

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Driving on the twisting and winding roads back to Jerome I’m now looking for the Gold King Mine Ghost Town. Jerome itself is a quaint town filled with old buildings, narrow winding streets and lots of shops. I’m not a shopper as I don’t collect ‘stuff’ anymore so I don’t wander in and out of the antique/collectable shops nor the tourist shops.

When I get close to the Gold Mine Ghost Town I pull over to take this photo of a blooming plant and another car stops with a family that gets out with picks and shovels to mine for their own gold in all these rocks!

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From the age of the vehicles scattered everywhere it looks like this mine and town were abandoned sometime in the 1940’s or 1950’s.

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The Entrance to the Ghost Town makes you think that this is the 1880’s. This is actually an abandoned Gold Mine from the 1940’s or 1950’s but they did have a few interesting flyers on the wall.

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I took special notice of the Politically Incorrect notice. So when I saw the fee schedule posted inside I asked for a military discount. Oops! They don’t offer military discounts. I asked about the notice outside that supported our troops and she said that they donate to Wounded Warriors each year and support a free day for wounded warriors in wheelchairs. I commented that the sign stated anyone in a wheelchair received free admission. I guess that the blatant sign out front inspired me to get my hackles up and I told her that because of the sign and the fact that no military discount (support) was offered that I was choosing to NOT pay admission for entrance to the Ghost Town. She said she understood and that several others had made a similar comment in the last couple of weeks.  I recommended they either take down the sign or provide ‘support’ to the troops, police and firefighters you purport to support.

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As I’m departing from Jerome I snap a photo of a couple of very large structures that appear to have awesome views.

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On down the mountain I snapped photos of the other side of these structures.

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Clarksdale, AZ hosts its own old Gas Station.

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The Museum of Art building was impressive. There are many, many galleries scattered all over each town/city I have visited here in Arizona thus far. Much like Santa Fe and Albuquerque, NM.

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Next up was a visit to the Tuzigoot National Monument. This is an Indian Pueblo that has been excavated to reveal the lower walls that had been buried and thus preserved as the ceiling and upper walls collapsed. I’ve included the signage from the trail to provide you with an educational and informative view as well as an entertaining experience.

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Next up was the Verde Canyon Railroad. For only $90 (less a 10% military discount) you can have a 4 hour ride through tunnels and canyons that are only accessible via the railroad. Tempting!

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Leaving Clarksdale I see this mural.

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I find that Sedona, AZ is only about 20 miles away and there is another scenic overlook recommended to me so off I go as it is still early in the afternoon.

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The drive toward Sedona is gorgeous! Beautiful and majestic red bluffs.

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On the way to the Scenic Overlook I saw a Historical Marker sign and stopped. Of course there was one of my favorite places just across the street.

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The drive through the Coconino National Forest was beautiful. I passed at least 5 campgrounds and multiple picnic areas to arrive at the Scenic Overlook.

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This is the road I came up and will go down. Good thing I was in the Jeep instead of the RV. I did see several RV’s on this road though.

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Coming back down the mountain I crossed this bridge at the Slides State Park. (Water Slides not Rock Slides)

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Coming into Sedona again the captivating bluffs just catch my eye and want me to climb.

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I fell in love with Sedona. The shops and homes have a backdrop of the rugged mountains and wide open skies.

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This is the Exposures Gallery. A very attractive building.

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The Chapel of the Holy Cross is built into the mountain itself and open to the public. The views from the chapel were awe inspiring.

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Apparently a water source keeps this vegetation growing.

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The interior of the Chapel.

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Next door to the Chapel are homes with breathtaking views.

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A Doctor’s home As seen from the Chapel. A caretaker states that a Doctor from New Jersey owns the home and visits once or twice a year.

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