The Images and Stories
In June of 1998 we made the trip to Arizona that had been in the
planning stages for quite some time. There are many excellent web sites detailing the
wonderful ghost towns the state has to offer. Have a look at Ghosttowns.com - it has tons of information on the
ghost towns of the Western U.S.
After several weeks of surfing the Internet, checking various maps,
and reading many books, we figured out a rough tour of the state. Imagine a "figure
eight" turned on a 45 degree angle. The ends are at the Northwest and Southeast
corners of the state and the middle is over Phoenix. We took 12 days and a rented Chevy
Suburban to take us over this route.
Many of the towns are on rough, unpaved roads so a 4x4 or pickup
truck is a good idea if you value the longevity of your vehicle. I encourage anyone
contemplating a trip to this part of the U.S. to read up on its unique characteristics and
be aware while travelling.
My plans involve a far more detailed account and many more photos
for this section of my site. Work, however, has to come first and this is still a personal
project. Check back in a month or two. I am currently sifting through 70 rolls of film for
suitable images to post. BTW, if you are planning on making a trip in the near future, be
sure to make arrangements to visit Ruby. It is one of the best towns by far and Tom, the
caretaker, is a highlight of the tour. Be sure to phone ahead.
*These images are best viewed with your video card set to
display thousands colors (also referred to as 16 bit color) or millions of colors (also
referred to as 24 or 32 bit color). If you are unsure of the settings, consult your
operating system manual or video card manufacturer.
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Following will be a listing, as time allows, of pages dedicated to
each of the towns I visited.
Bumble Bee, AZ
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