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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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!
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Bend and Central Oregon have grown enormously in the past several years, but many historical roads have survived the growth. I made 8mm movies (1967) of Bend when I lived there over 50 years ago, and one is posted here. But this new post and the ones that I hope to follow deal with the roadways of Central Oregon much longer ago, in about 1910. We are going to drive where the first automobilists drove at the turn of the last century. We will travel sections of the old California Banff Bee Line highway, and drive in the tracks of the first ever transcontinental auto race! We may visit a stage station or two, and provide some vintage road maps from the period for your perusal and interest. I am posting this as an introduction. The story will evolve as I re-explore the old roads, and I will try to keep you posted as I learn more. But here I want to to provide a quick and perhaps interesting insight into the development of roads and automobile travel in and around Bend, Prineville, Redmond, Madras, and into the surrounding area including Shaniko, Maupin, Dufur, and several tiny villages in what is called Central Oregon.. When I finish I hope you will be encouraged to drive the roads and see sights you might otherwise miss. In 1900 the first railroad tracks reached the outskirts of Central Oregon, ending in Shaniko, a little over 80 miles north of Bend on our modern roads.. This “end of the line” was the beginning point for transportation into Central Oregon. Virtually all goods and people coming or going, went through Shaniko. The other way to go was over the high Cascades or on a very long steamer and overland ride via The Dalles, and believe me, a rail coach was much preferred! So freight wagons and people converged on Shaniko, and wagons pulled by teams of horses left and returned to Shaniko. It so happened that the area around Bend was also being promoted as the new mecca for agriculture, with irrigation projects and dry land farming offering the promise of a prosperous future for those who got there first. It was not long before eager land developers and boosters realized that transporting boomers, newcomers, and land seekers in an automobile beat a long, slow, and muddy or dusty ride in a horse and buggy. And a ride in an automobile was a novelty for many in and of itself. Practically overnight, between 1909 and 1911 the automobile took over Central Oregon roads. According to the Prineville newspaper, in 1909 there were less than half a dozen auto stages operating in Central Oregon, and by 1910 there were 35, and as many as 50 automobiles a day were on the roads!! Unlike other areas where long distance road travel by automobiles grew out of a tourist and recreational interest, in Central Oregon the impetus was land, not primarily fun and “seeing the sights.” My copy of the Weekly Oregonian of June 2, 1910 (above) shows the gathering of the auto stages at Shaniko, and one on the grade between Antelope and Shaniko to or from Prineville and Bend. Note that they competed with the horse drawn freight wagons for passage!! And note the road bed, with several inches of mud, and the chains on the automobiles in Shaniko. Such were the travel conditions when the roads dried out enough for travel in the spring. Ah, the good old days. Finally, the building in the background in Shaniko is the Columbia Southern Hotel, opened in 1901-02. It is still there! As a young man I remember eating there for lunch at the long community table with the retired sheep herders who were the hotel residents. They were a polite lot, but if you didn’t reach fast, you might not get any mashed potatoes from the big red serving bowl. The photo here was taken on my last visit in 2007….my how time flies! I think one aging sign on the side of the Hotel then still advertised “family style” meals. I’ll check if it still is there when I visit. I hope I can make the trip next week, so as they say “Stay tuned.” Dave Keep the Show on the Road!
  8. Mike, Thanks for the info!! The newspaper uses aggressive push advertising so it was a little hard to stay with the story on my laptop, but it is worth the effort. That section of old 99 is enormously evocative of the 1950s when I used to ride or drive it on occasion….two lanes through rural countryside, across small bridges, and under the overarching branches of roadside trees. Thanks Dave Keep the Show on the Road
  9. Curt, Spectacular!! I enjoyed your Then and Now of entering the Coulee, but I confess that shot with the steam shovel takes the prize!! It is on the curve shown in my photo. Thanks!! Dave
  10. Curt, No one tops you in finding the old roads!! Dave Keep the Show on the Road!!
  11. Sue, Sounds exciting!! The Link does not work. Try (until it is fixed above): http://americanroadmagazine.com/photocontest Dave
  12. 32Vid, Thanks! I appreciate the come back! The land forms created by the Ice Age Floods are truly spectacular, and all the more amazing when you appreciate how they were formed. The old Yellowstone Trail and to a lessor extent the National Parks Highway passes by, or very near, many sites, but they were seen as mysterious and unexplained formations. Today the story is still developing, but several experts are on the trail, and many like myself have a growing interest. Thanks again! Dave Keep the Show on the Road
  13. Mike, With your background in Geology you are the expert, and your descriptions are right on. Thanks for the comment! If we get enough interest, I will be filling the story out with more examples. As you know as well as I do, our two lane roads lead us to fantastic locations and discoveries. i will probably be describing more of the gems on the Yellowstone Trail Great Circle Route soon. Dave Keep the Show on the Road!
  14. This is the 1948 picture (looking south) taken on old US10 (Old Vantage Road) as it winds its way down the Frenchman Coulee cliffs to the Columbia River. Beyond the fact that I am in the picture , fans of our two lane heritage should note the line of yellow posts with black caps securing the safety cables. These are still there!!! Seventy years later!! Notice the mighty Columbia before it was dammed. Sand islands and dunes along the shore were characteristic of the River in those days. Another feature. If you look closely you can see the old Vantage high bridge, long ago replaced by a new interstate bridge a mile south. But the old bridge lives on. It is now the high bridge at the Lyons Ferry crossing of the Snake River on the Yellowstone Trail, shown in the third photo, which by the way is on the route to Palouse falls, also a major site of the Ice Age Floods. More on that in another post. The second photo was taken almost 70 years later. I have aged a bit, but the cliffs are still the same. The bridge is gone and the mighty Columbia is now dammed. But the 1940’s posts are still there minus their paint job!!! Odds are they will outlast me . If by chance you enjoy base jumping, here is a video of a jump from about where the first photo was taken in the first post. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7c-auqf7ps Keep the Show on the Road! Dave
  15. Many years past, but just a moment ago in the story of our planet, vast floods were repeatedly unleashed from a lake with a volume as great as Lakes Erie and Ontario combined!! The torrents scoured the landscape and created massive waterfalls, ten times greater than Niagara. The destruction to the landscape was so massive that it was not understood until the 1930’s , despite the fact that The Yellowstone Trail and the National Parks Highway wound across and through the enormous canyons, sheer cliffs, and vast scab lands. I refer to the Ice Age Floods of about 13-15,0000 years ago, which left their mark across three states (Montana, Idaho, and Washington) on a scale so large its full extent can only really be seen from 30,000 feet in the air or from a satellite.. But you can get up close and personal on our two lane roads, and marvel at land forms so awe inspiring you will be astounded that water could be the cause. In fact it took most of 100 years of speculation and study for humans to understand and appreciate what they were seeing. That is one of the stories I want to tell here later, but for now I want to simply introduce you to some of the roadside scenery to peak your interest. Understanding will follow. This example is little known today, but was a familiar sight in my youth. Turn off at exit 143 (Silica Road) on Interstate 90 in my home state of Washington. You will either make the turn while heading east after climbing out of the sheer walled Columbia River canyon filled side to side with water backed up by the Wanapum Dam, or headed west past George, Washington (clever name ?!) after crossing miles of rich irrigated farmland. From the interstate travel northward on Silica and then turn west on the old Vantage Road. (See map below) For old roadies like myself, this is a road with a great history. Again I will elaborate on that later. But now lets visit the site of a cataclysm. Almost immediately you start to drop into a deep and massive canyon with sheer cliffs on each side. Note the weathered wooden safety guards with their steel cables, typical of the 1940’s when my family first wound our way down this cliff face in our two tone green 1941 Chevrolet Coupe. The road is almost abandoned today except for rock climbers and boaters headed for the River You are dropping into Frenchman Coulee. Stop at a pullout. If you are squeamish about heights, park below the cliff face on the left. Walk to the edge of the canyon on the right, just a few feet away. Now imagine this in your mind’s eye if you can. A torrent of water 300 feet deep and traveling at 80 miles an hour is bearing down on you and over the cliffs you see across the canyon. Deeper than the height of the cliffs you see, as it rushes toward the west it erodes the cliff face toward the upstream side, clawing out massive blocks of solid rock and creating the canyon below. Rocks bigger than houses are tumbling in the torrent. Your perch on the pullout isn’t safe, and in a few moments you are swept away in that flood. Sorry, I should have warned you. But what a view!! The old road followed this paved track, and I remember it well. I even have a photo of myself and my sister taken where the road overlooks the Columbia. In those golden days of yore there was a bridge about a 1.2 miles north of the modern bridge that crossed a much narrower Columbia River. It had massive sand dunes on each side, now buried under water. As a small aside my wife and I ventured down the old road on the other side of the Columbia River where as a boy we had crossed on the old bridge. The old two lane road leads all the way from Ellensburg 29 miles and through a large wind farm with its massive windmills growning in the sky, down to a dead end at the Columbia’s edge. And there to greet us were two Big Horn Sheep! Have you seen any lately on the interstate? Believe it or not, Frenchman Coulee is not the most impressive of the Floods creations, but it is easy to reach from the interstate. Most sites will require ending your dance with 18 wheelers and the charm of rest stops, and leaving behind the beauty of scenery rushing past in a 70 mph blur. Get on the two lane roads. 1. Frenchman Coulee looking west at 47.030393, -119.958240°. Can you spot the pickup truck on the road? Right green dot on # 2 below. 2. Old Vantage Road and Frenchman Coulee. Green dots represent photo sites. 3. The Feathers in Frenchman Coulee. A Flood remnant. 47.028642°, -119.965373° Left green dot on # 2 above. 5. A Big Horn at the old Vantage crossing of the Columbia. 46.957175°, -119.987799° 6. The Extent of the Ice Age Floods If we get some interest, I will continue this tale of the massive Ice Age Floods. And for those who love videos, here are some fantastic aerial views by the pros from the Ice Age Flood Institute Some excellent aerial views from the pros on You Tube. HERE. The books shown at the end are a terrific source of information and road trips. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUyxRWSYTgM
  16. Mike, It may be that having only one participant was a disappointment, but that is actually encouraging. It would have been double that if I lived anywhere within 100 miles! If I may make a suggestion to consider for your next tour. Link with a worthy non profit, collect a modest donation, and give most or all of it to the non profit. Suppose your next tour is on US99. Choose a non profit. Perhaps one along the route or with some affiliation of some kind with US99. Historical societies, Boy Scouts, car club, churches, etc. Have them handle registrations and promotion to their members. You can still promote it yourself, but channel the details through them. The obvious benefit is that they do the promotion to their members and handle the registrations in return for proceeds. Participants are making a donation to a worthy cause, have some reason to participate, and you are a good guy helping them. There are lots of variations. One I like is the production of a tour guide that you might enjoy developing, and the provision of it to the non profit for their sale. That works especially well with historical societies for their gift shops. Anyway, good luck with the next one. Dave Keep the Show on the Road!
  17. It is hard to put ourselves in our imaginations in a 1915 automobile crossing the desert on a dirt and sand road, and then navigating grades and turns so severe you had to back up to move ahead! By the 1920’s that experience was in the past on Cajon Pass. The 1921 Automobile Blue Book T (Transcontinental) edition describes “descending on easy winding grades over splendid roadway.” The road was paved between San Bernadino and the summit. It was still the National Old Trails Road and the Santa Fe Trail, but it wasn’t the rugged experience it had been just a few years before. My father and uncle used to race trains on the downhill segment in the 30’s, but that is in the Route 66 days, and years later. As an aside, using ArcGIS last evening I overlaid vintage maps on modern base maps and identified a couple of spots where the 1915 road still appears to exist. I’m not sure because I can’t visit it on the ground. Will your tour include any segment of the original automobile route in addition to the later versions? Wish I could be along on the tour! Dave
  18. My 1913-14 Automobile Tour Book – California by the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company shows the route on one of its strip maps. The particular map covers San Bernadeno to Ludlow so it isn’t very detailed. But the comments are interesting. Between San Bernadeno and Ludlow there is gas and oil available only at Victorville. And the grades between Verdemont and Hesperia, in other words, Cajon Pass, reach 18%!! I wondered when the Automobile Blue Book folks recognized the National Old Trails Road as an important transcontinental route. It was not until the 1915 Mississippi River to Pacific Coast edition. Prior editions 1911-1914 did not note the route. I photographed the route turn by turns from the 1915 edition, probably a bit “esoteric” for most, but it might add a touch of history nonetheless. Note how sharp the curves must have been (see second scanned page below). Long wheel based automobiles had to back up to make the turns!! Given the 1915 description, will you be sounding the horn frequently? Dave
  19. Mike, Great plan!! I would be there but 1100 miles from Olympia is a long drive for a day trip!! In 1916 the Old National Trails Road route over the pass was described in the TIB Automobile Route Book west bound, starting at Cajon Pass as: From this point on extreme care should be used in rounding turns and fording streams. Beware of burning out brake linings. Low speed should be used in ascending and descending these grades. You probably have a period map handy, but for others Archive.org has the 1916 strip map set at: https://archive.org/stream/nationaloldtrail00autorich#page/n9/mode/2up And I can photograph my 1916 TIB strip map on request. I no doubt have other maps of the route, but the above are quite useful as contemporary descriptions (pre US66). Dave
  20. Old road maps tell stories, or at least offer the first page. Take the 1917 & 1921 Automobile Club of Southern California (ACSC) maps of Tulare County, California. There is a Coffee Camp control station shown outside Porterville (and Springville) in the Inyo National Forest, just south of Sequoia National Park. Was this an early espresso stand? If not, what is a control station and why is it called Coffee Camp? In the teens and 20’s of the last century it was common, especially in mountainous areas, to build single lane roads that hugged steep slopes with sheer drops into the abyss if you were not careful. And much of the time there was no where for cars or wagons meeting on these narrow roads to pass. The roads were so narrow that if wagons met, it might be necessary to disassemble one wagon and walk the horses around the other. There is no reverse gear on a wagon. It wasn’t for music that freighters had loud clanging bells on their wagons!! In my early days I drove such roads, and just so you know, the rule is for the automobile going downhill to back up until there is a wide spot. This reduces the risk of a loss of control or brake failure from hot brakes. But I digress. The common solution on these roads was the “control.” You find these marked on several ACSC maps and I suppose other organizations as well. I haven’t looked. Uphill traffic might be permitted on even hours and downhill on odd, with a break in between to clear the road. The Porterville Ledger provides an article by Brent Gill that explains the name Coffee Camp and describes the use of “controls” HERE. You will enjoy reading it. Brent attributes the name to the practice of drivers who were headed for camps to brew a pot of coffee while waiting for the control to change. That’s a good story, and he knows much more about the name than I do. Today Coffee Camp is a popular recreation area, where the young and bold jump from the rocks into the Middle Fork of the Tule River. As the saying goes, there are old jumpers and bold jumpers, but no old bold jumpers. The article is well worth reading as it provides an insight into early road and logging practices along with the Coffee Camp name explanation…..another example of the stories old maps tell…..or at least lead you to discover!! Dave Keep the Show on the Road!
  21. Mike, I live close to the old Pacific Highway, or as you know it, US99. This will deal with just the section between Olympia and Tenino, Washington, near my home. The old road house and bordello of the 1930’s at the Waldrick Road intersection is looking good, but long closed of course. The red light on the porch has been removed lately. Someone who knew the history of the place was enjoying a joke, I assume. Someone has logged off the trees along the old narrow gauge rail bed that connected Olympia with the main line in Tenino south of the Waldrick Road intersection, so it is now more visible. The “real” action is taking place on Chain Hill. As you know, the Pacific Highway here generally followed the old Cowlitz Trail, blazed by the Hudson Bay Company. Going north from Tenino, where old man Meeker placed one of his sandstone Oregon Trail Markers, the old trail, and the Pacific Highway climbed over Chain Hill. The old road bed is still pretty evident if you know where to look. Just over the crest, the old road split in two and then reconnected, perhaps to control the grade, or because of winter vs summer road conditions. You can almost imagine driving a Model T probably chained up, and perhaps even backing up to keep fuel flowing to the carburetor, climbing the Chain Hill grade. When you drive that section today, there is a modern cut and fill that would not have been typical in the teens. That cut is slipping so the road is down to one lane. In Tenino itself, the fellow who peddled hot dogs and bar b que beside the road for many years is gone. But Scotty B’s is going strong, with good burgers, a 1950’s auto ambiance, and the old timers at the counter swapping stories, I cross the totem pole bridge almost daily into Olympia. For many years this was the south entrance to the city, and beside it sat the Olympic Brewery….its the water! Sadly the famous old Brewery is still up for sale. Here is a post I did ten years ago. Us 99 Totem Pole Bridge & The Old Brewery - Pacific Highway / U.S We don’t have all the road construction you describe. That kind of stuff is happening in Seattle, including a tunnel….thank goodness!! I'm looking out my window to our lake, ducks flying by, swallows looking for a place to build their nests, and a bald eagle perched in a tree across the lake. A world away from my days in SoCal and the exciting scenes you describe! Dave Keep the Show on the Road
  22. Mike, Thanks for the geology insights! I have an amateur understanding of our geological heritage and some of the forces and events shaping it. Clearly not nearly as great as yours. My days in academia introduced me to a fellow with his doctorate in geology from Princeton, and we became best of friends. Our families spent many days over a 10 year period “in the field.” He helped instruct me. I think if I were going to prescribe preparation for being a vintage road fan, it might be a combination of civil engineering, geology, and local history. Like your pick, Death Valley, and all of the Sierra Nevada, the great events of geology are laid bare in places like Zion, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, Bryce, Arches, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, etc. About the only thing any are lacking is a nice active volcano. But wait awhile and maybe a Long Valley Caldera “event” will reroute US395! You are fortunate to have your knowledge and interest!! Dave Keep the Show on the Road!
  23. Becky and Sue, , Our American ancestors were absolutely brilliant to create our national parks! It would be impossible today. Each is a gem, and it is impossible to choose one over another. How could anyone choose between Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon!! Or between Yosemite and Zion? Impossible!! I treasure them all! It is one of the things that makes me proud to be an American. “We did good!!” Because this is about our heritage highways I will cite just two along historical two lane roads, because I visited them in November. Arches and Zion. I have visited both more than once in my 77 years and still I am awed by their beauty and majesty. And I was astounded how much I had forgotten, and how much more there was to discover. I don’t want to enter a competition (even though it is a great idea!), but I value the opportunity to share a few photos and experiences. In early November two children of Dolph Andrus, the man who pioneered the Monumental Highway, contacted me and I learned that they were planning a trip to Bluff, Utah and the scenes their father saw in 1917. When I say “children,” each is older than I am. I literally jumped in the car on less than 24 hours notice and drove from my home near the Puget Sound, Washington, to Bluff, Utah to meet with them so we could share some photographs taken in Comb Wash outside Bluff, where Dolph had also photographed the scene in 1917. That was the reason for my road trip, and another story. But it also took me past Arches National Park and later through Zion National Park....twice. So I will focus on those experiences since the topic is National Parks. In Yosemite, Yellowstone, Glacier, the Tetons, Zion, and for the most part even at the Grand Canyon you are viewing the spectacular at a distance. At Arches you are inside and under it. Enormous stone structures that seem to defy gravity surround you and overarch you. The scale and color is breathtaking. And humans become tiny actors on the scene. I was stunned….once again. It stirs an old man’s awe, which is tough to do!! I have included a few of my snapshots, but you will have to click on them and make them bigger to see the automobile and people in the enormous landscape. Zion never fails to delight. Coming in from the east through the 1.1 mile long 1930 tunnel is a stunning experience. A long period of darkness distinguished by the headlights of oncoming cars…. and then a breathtaking introduction to the vast canyon and multicolored cliffs of Zion. Cars below look like tiny hotwheels with motors. The road winds down and into the canyon. Zion has been called Yosemite in color, but that isn’t completely true. It has its own special standing. Zion is a multicolored display of enormous cliffs and what appear to be technicolor dunes frozen in place. And wildlife is abundant on the rocky slopes. I have added red arrows to help identify cars and people in the massive landscapes. As with all our national parks…..visit them!! Dave Keep the Show on the Road! ARCHES ZION
  24. Mike, It is hard to express how much I like your US 6 site and work! Outstanding and Excellent come to mind!! You used several excellent maps which I really appreciated . If I can help provide additional maps, I bet I have several period maps (1920’s) that cover the route in the west, and nationally. And I am happy to share them with an excellent project. Let me know. I think of US 6 as being much of the old Midland Trail. Am I correct? When you get into Utah you will certainly enjoy it. When I was in Utah in November I took the section of US 6 / Midland Trail between Spanish Fork and Green River. I photographed the old Green River Midland Hotel, the Pastime Bar (Ya gotta love that Beer sign!), and the old bank building on US 6 / Midland Trail. This is what I would call “old town” Green River. I really enjoy these authentic old sites. Again, Nice Job! Dave Keep the Show on the Road!
  25. Mike, That is one fascinating story and set of photos on your web site! I "discovered" twin tunnels on the Yellowstone Trail years ago, but not so far off the beaten path as your bridge and tunnels. Great job!! Dave Keep the Show on the Road http://yellowstonetrail.ipbhost.com/index.php?/topic/6-yellowstone-trail-tunnels/
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