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    Us 40 Old Alignment Rediscovered Over Golconda Summit

    Rick, A sad story indeed! I feel your pain. But not in my wallet!!! Great photo! Dave
  2. Rick, I recall the station well! And I appreciate your modern photograph! Is the adjacent house still standing? Circumstances (primarily my wife's health) are curtailing my long distance road trips these days, but your posts are a valued substitute!! And my advice to anyone reading this is to visit these places as Rick says, while they are still there, and you have the opportunity. I am really glad I did!! Dave Keep the Show on the Road
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    New touring vehicle

    Hutch, A sweet new ride!! No other vehicle has retained it’s characteristic design for so many years. Sorry about the back…..that can be an awful barrier to just about every activity….but the new Jeep is an incentive to mend as quickly as possible! Dave
  4. Rick, I have followed the Oregon Trail in that general area….years ago. The Trail forded the John Day River at McDonalds (25 miles northeast of Grass Valley) and as I recall the pioneer auto road went from Wasco to Klondike, then across the John Day there also. Klondike had an abandoned general store when I visited, but it is one of those roadside artifacts that are gone. But there may still be a brick schoolhouse at Klondike. Google Earth will get you oriented to these sites. South of Grass Valley is an abandoned service station worth visiting at Kent. In fact Kent is definitely worth a stop for old buildings. Dave
  5. Rick, Thanks for your feedback! I recall that you were headed to that area soon. I do hesitate to advertise the locations of fragile roadside architecture, but at the same time, why tell about them, and not share how to find them. The area south of The Dalles within a ten mile circle around Dufur, Oregon is unusually rich in structures from early last century. I meant to write and share more about the area after my visit there in June, but have not until I read your post. I will do that, but probably not before you leave. So I will provide you and others a very quick guide to a very interesting and under appreciated area. Any good map will guide you to these places. Dufur, is a classic 1900 town. I have photos from 1912 that practically match perfectly with shots taken today. The general store is a live gem, and the Balch Hotel (stay there if you can) is a pure joy from 1907, and not only authentic, it is finely appointed and comfortable. You can read my review on Trip Advisor. The road from Boyd down to Tygh Ridge is an old stage road and the former (1912-15) main auto road,. There is a 1916 wooden grain elevator, great old barn, 1920’s concrete arch bridge, Nansene, the wooden bridge in my post, a great abandoned (haunted? house, and beautiful vistas with Mt Hood in the background along the way Friend is on the old road that replaced to road via Boyd and getting there will take you along parts of the old Barlow Trail of Oregon Trail days.. Friend itself was the terminus of the Great Southern Railroad, and has an abandoned pioneer general store and one room schoolhouse, against a backdrop of Mt Hood. Tygh Valley is a small farm community on the Barlow Trail with a general store and small cafe and on the outskirts, a storage yard for old amusement rides. East from Tygh Valley is the very early White River power plant in a spectacular canyon, at the base of a fantastic waterfall. There is a trail down to the abandoned powerhouse, and I believe it still has much of its huge equipment…..but I need you younger guys to do the photography as I would probably need a medivac on the climb back out of the canyon!! Further east you drop into the Deschutes River canyon to a pioneer bridge crossing. You can see the stage road clearly on the canyons east side, watch Native Americans fish from shaky platforms over a waterfall as they did 150 years ago, and if you wish, drive on to Bakeoven and Shaniko with the Columbia Southern Hotel from the turn of the last century. That is a very quick summary to help you with trip planning! Forgive the lack of photos, maps and details….for now, but I wanted this to get to you in time. Dave Keep the Show on the Road!
  6. Rick, I will take up your offer to add to your excellent post. Click below. Nansene Dave Keep the show on the Road
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    Hutchman Lincoln Highway Trip

    Hutch, Any road trip is a good trip! I wondered where you were picking the Lincoln up. It sounds a bit like you are going to do what I often do, which is to do sections of one route and another, without feeling the need to travel just one all the way. I don’t think I answered your question from your earlier post because I didn’t know your starting point on the Lincoln. I’m still not sure where that will be….but if I had just one section, it wpuld be the long one between Fallan Nevada and western Utah, via Sand Springs, Eatsgate, Austin, Eureka, Ely, Tippets and Ipaba. You get a double package because you are following the Pony Express and the old overland stage route as well. I don’t think there is another long section of road in the country that so well preserves travel 100 years ago. US66 is a nice route, but it is really 1930s-50’s based for the most part, which is to say what is there mostly dates from that era. The Lincoln in Nevada will take you back to 1915 and before, and give the Jeep something it will enjoy. Safe Journey! Dave Keep the Show on the Road!
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    Hwy 30 and points east!

    I guess in part the answer to what is a must see on the Lincoln depends on where you plan to pick it up, coming as you will from eastern Oregon. For me the must see would be the section from roughly Ely Nevada to the Salt Lake area. Much is on the original roadbed and graveled but unpaved. It can be nasty just after a rain, and I have not traveled it for many years. Take a look here:
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    My Oregon Trail Odyssey

    Hutch, I second those recommendations. Franzwa was the master, especially in providing wonderful maps of the Trail. Dave
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    La Grande to Mission, OR and back

    Hutch, I suspect Mission is not overrun with tourists! I think I went through there several years ago, but I think I can can say it was the trip, not the destination I recall!! Does Meachem still have the old general store? And I have forgotten that old man Meeker promoted one of his markers there. That is a story in and of itself, which you no doubt know, but others here may not. Briefly, Meeker came west on the Oregon Trail and settled in Puyallup, near Tacoma, Washington. My daughter was married in his old mansion! He became a hop grower and successful community booster. He decided that the Oregon Trail went from the Columbia River to Olympia and Puyallup, primarily (in my humble opinion) on the strength of the fact that is where he went. In his dotage (about my age) he struck back east on foot with a ox and wagon, pitching communities along the way to collect money to erect monuments to the old Oregon Trail….and buy his self published books and postcards. He was no doubt a greater man than I, so I should not diminish his achievements. He was a first class booster, and because of his promotion, I live on the Oregon Trail near Olympia, even if it wasn’t known as the Oregon Trail when the Oregon Trail was a trail. And communities can now celebrate Oregon Trail Days, and restaurants can name themselves the Oregon Trail Restaurant, all because old man Meeker had an Ox, a wagon, and a lot of Oregon Trail spirit. And then there is the story of BIGFOOT as told in Mission! https://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2013/01/strange_sounds_coming_from_a_s.html Thanks for the trip report, and darn the smoke!!! Dave Keep the Show on the Road
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    CA 190 and the Jedi Transition

    Well…..that is some road trip report!! I know you like your aircraft but I thought you had become a jet jockey!! Amazing photos and a great to know about location. This is the kind of reporting that will rekindle the value of the Forum; a unique site you can only reach on our two lane roads. I may send a note to the folks at AR pointing out the strengths of the Forum. Facebook and the other more popular social media have their place, but it takes uncluttered space, intelligent and informative dialog, value added like a map, and photos to tell a good road trip story, and your is a great example. Dave
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    California Agricultural Inspection Stations

    Rick, Thanks for the reply! I like the first image of the deserted agricultural inspection station. It catches what I would call the mood of the place, door open, sufficient light on the interior for some detail without it standing out, I even like the tree, and of course the composition works. I know you are a pro, so tell me how much thought and post processing went into the shot. Was it evident why it was abandoned….for example was it on an old two lane replaced by the interstate? Places like these are great photo ops, but they also speak to us. The folks who worked in this two lane station roasted at a time when the only air conditioning was the occasional breeze. Imagine sitting in the Mohave desert with the tempature 115 in the shade, all day. Frankly the little shelter looks like an oven. They deserved combat pay….but it was as it was. And if there was any traffic and a line formed, the drivers were melting without the wind flowing through the “wind wing” and the floor vent. Maybe they had an evaporative cooler on the window, but it wasn’t cooling while they waited for the inspection. And if you every thought God must have forsaken you, it had to be in that setting, greasewood trees, barren telephone poles and hot concrete. I can almost “smell” the heat rising from the pavement. Great shot of the authentic. Thanks for the photos and comment. Dave Keep the Show on the Road
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    Cape Perpetua Scenic Area

    Michael, Interesting! I did not know that. Ergo tsunamis escape routes are clearly marked! My advice….avoid the Oregon Coast when the megaquake hits. It could spoil your whole day. It has a cycle of about every 500 years on average, with the intervals ranging from about 300 to 900 years. (Wikipedia, not my expertise.) One of my best friends was a noted Princeton educated geologist who I knew in the mid 1960’s when plate tectonics was still just a possibility. He had a cabin up the coast at Neskowin. There is a ghost forest on the beach there with stumps over 2000 years old as the result of another earthquake changing the land’s level. The Oregon coast is open to the public and very accessible because of US101. Dave Keep the Show on the Road!
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    Cape Perpetua Scenic Area

    Rick, Fantastic photos...as always!! Your image of Thor's well is the best I have ever seen! We enjoy Yachats and that section of the Oregon coast. Your photographs make me want to pack up and head down 101 for a weekend. The Drift Inn has live entertainment and good meals, and we have always enjoyed our ocean front accommodations at the Adobe Lodge....and those are not the only great places there to eat and stay. As much as I enjoy your California coast north of San Francisco, 101 along the Oregon coast is a national treasure. Summer is a nice time to travel it, but I have also found that the Oregon coast in winter is just plain spectacular, and my experience is that the prices are low, and the tourists fewer. And if one likes spectacular light houses and freely accessible sandy beaches, US101 in Oregon is unsurpassed any time of the year!! Dave
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    Richfield Oil Eagle

    On my travels recently in Central Oregon I located and visited an abandoned town with a store and Richfield Oil dealer. As is always the case, the store windows are smoked with age and the interior is full of assorted junk. Wonderful because I don’t really appreciate or enjoy restorations in most cases, and because I know the place is intact. Is the eagle I photographed through the window a version of the famous Richfield Eagle? I know of two versions of the eagle. This one is similar to one of them which has spread wings, but the neck of this cast is not elongated. So for you service station pros, any thoughts? Dave Keep the Show on the Road
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