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  1. Denny, I'm glad that you got the chance to take the trip and I hope that my little project made the jaunt a little more enjoyable and interesting. CHeers, Jeff in Tucson
  2. Just to expound a little, though true that the exit is being reworked, we want folks to kknow that the vast majority of this loop is blissfully untouched from its last major re-alignment work back in the Thirties and remains a wonderful time capsule - not to be missed. Rolling hills through a mesquite studded terrain, pebbly outcroppings and roadcuts; the historic 1921 Cienega Creek arch bridge and it's high and long neighboring Union Pacific RR trestle make this additional 15 minute side trip a worthy excursion for those that are aware of it!
  3. Hi all, we recently had the pleasure and awe of spending a week in Yosemite and Sequia/King's Canyon. While there, filled up at the STILL WORKING gravity feed pumps at the King's Canyon Lodge. I've added a gallery to show off these beauties, and to have you add pics of other still functional pumps. Please let all of us know where they are located so we can patronize those establishments that maintan them in working order. Cheers! Jeff in Tucson bygonebyways.com
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    looking down the Cienega Creek bridge

    too bad they replaced the railings, otherwise a beautiful bridge and one of the best places in the country for train watching! Jeff (hope you're enjoying the book! )
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    Gravity Feed Pumps

    A collection of those beautiful and rare antique gravity feed pumps of yesteryear...
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    King Canyon Gravity Feed Pump 4

    Though the location is terrfic and the lodge is a quiant place to stay and have a cold one or a picnic, the cabins were, shall we say 'spartan' - and that was 10 years ago!
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    King Canyon Gravity Pump 1

    From the album: Gravity Feed Pumps

    I actually got gas from this working pump at King Canyon Lodge. The sign says it is the oldest working gravity pump in the US...can anyone collaborate that? WARNING...6 gallon minimum even though I only needed four! :0
  8. Hi all...had to get away from the heat in Tucson and took a weekend jaunt to see the cousins in San Diego. Here are a few good & bad observations from that trip. Starting in Arizona... >The old Texaco and General Store in Sentinel appears to have been purchased. They have painted over the classic old-style Texaco sign (the pre-green star version). Can you believe it?? I would have taken that off of their hands! >After conversations with Steve Varner and Chris Wray who have meticulously plotted out the most probable course of the original Bankhead Highway (BH) alignments between Arlington and Wellton, it came up That we could see old bridge remnants via satellite imagery where the old road crossed the Gila River NE of Wellton. So when passing through the area, I ventured to Antelope Hill northeast of Wellton and came across a fantastic 1/4 mile long 1925 RR trestle bridge and remnants of the original 1916 BH bridge over the Gila River. Fine photo ops for those so inclined and not far off of the interstate. Unfortunately, I came across no remaining evidence of the old road where it veered SW on its way into Wellton. This is an extremely heavily irrigated farming valley and any old road would have been plowed over long ago. > Bad news...I don't know if due to flooding or just general structural issues, but 1 of only 2 remaining 1934 concrete bridges (the one immediately east of Ligurta and west of the All-American canal bridge) is being replaced by a typical modern ho-hum no sense of style type of bridge. In California >The old Even Hewes highway north frontage between Gordon's Well to just west of Brock Research Station Road is undergoing massive work due to the huge canal relocation/repair work. At this point in time, it is unclear if the frontage will be rebuilt to connect these two points as the old road has been completely torn up/removed. >Mountain Springs. Good news in that the land EAST of the interstate appears to have been bought from the Indian Tribe so it is accessible and is a fantastic exhibit of vintage 1927 concrete along with a couple of older bypassed curves cut out of the rocks. Be careful of the fallen boulders and one can take their car almost all the way to the edge where I-8 blasted its way through far below! Bad news in that it has been bought from the Indian tribe! As it now has for sale signs on it and may soon become inaccessible private property again! >The old Flynn Springs General Store appears to be in the process of being converted to blah office suites. So its good that the site is still with us, bad in that it has lost much of its charm. That's it for know...we'll pass on roadie reports as we come across them. Jeff in Tucson
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    New Broadway Of America Book

    Excellent news! Roberta and I have been conversing for a couple of years here and there about my project and her project. She made me promise to keep it quiet, so I'm glad to see she has finally announced it is finished getting published! I can vouch for the fact that this project will contain many photos never before seen by the general roadie public. i too am reserving a copy today. Jeff in Tucson
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    Publish A Book?

    Hey, who would laugh?! We all have intersting experiences and stories to share. And Dave, as you know better than most, I just had my 224 full color Broadway of America book published, so if desired, I could elaborate on the process I ultimately ended up using and I can give you a breakdown of the software needed, publishes I investigated and ended up using, etc. But right up front, the I can certainly tell you, a full-color project will be 3-4 times the costs of a B&W project. If color is desired, costs could be reducd if you just had say one section of color, or say a series of color pages at an easily identifed hard-break page segments of the book such as the end of chapters etc. Something where you could tell a publisher that "the book is B&W except for pages 120-124, 180-185 and 220-230 which are to be full color". Somehting I learned the hard way, but I wanted mine to be full color to show off my photography, but boy, do you pay for it! Jeff in Tucson bygonebyways.com
  11. Folks, it's here! I've added several pages to my bygonebyways.comwebsite that highlight - BY STATE - the pages of this 1922 Bankhead Highway Tourist Guide. This will be a terrific resource for roadie researchers across the country a the level of detail is great! It really helps either verify one's theories or open up whole new possibilities of the old roads alignment as this guide depicts the Bankhead as it existed in 1921. The pics are rather large so they could be a little slow-loading, but I know people will really want to be able to zoom in on the detail. From Virginia to California, I hope this provides one with hours of new exploration and discovery. Cheers, Jeff in Tucson bygonebyways.com
  12. Folks, it's here! I've added several pages to my bygonebyways.comwebsite that highlight - BY STATE - the pages of this 1922 Bankhead Highway Tourist Guide. This will be a terrific resource for roadie researchers across the country a the level of detail is great! It really helps either verify one's theories or open up whole new possibilities of the old roads alignment as this guide depicts the Bankhead as it existed in 1921. The pics are rather large so they could be a little slow-loading, but I know people will really want to be able to zoom in on the detail. From Virginia to California, I hope this provides one with hours of new exploration and discovery. Cheers, Jeff in Tucson bygonebyways.com
  13. Hi all: Many of you are familiar with my Highway 80 explorations and my bygonebyways.com website. I have some good news that has come from my Highway 80 explorations. I have found a contact at the National Archives that is copying for me THIS WEEK, that elusive snipe of all maps - the 1922 Bankhead Highway Tourist Guide which chronicles the Bankhead Highway from Washington, D.C. to San Diego as it existed in 1921! I expect to have this in my greasy little palms by mid-month. The Bankhead highway was touted as the best all-weather southern route from coast to coast and overlaid many other auto trails (especially out west)such as the Broadway of America, the Dixie Overland, the Old Spanish Trail, the Lee Highway and even portions of the very early Ocean to Ocean and Borderland Route. So I imagine, that this docuiment will bring many hours of fieldwork and research to all areas of the country! As the owning company has long gone and with the age of the document, I foresee no real issues with photocopying this and adding scans to my webpage so that all fellow roadies may begin to explore the Bankhead for themselves. However ,if anyone out there knows more about copyright than I do, please chime in. Else, I look forward to being able to soon share this treasure with all of you soon. Jeff in Tucson bygonebyways.com
  14. The little lady was on a family visit to MO a couple of weeks ago, so I took a whirlwind trip to west Texas to search out some possible old alignments hinted at in the recently acquired 1922 Bankhead Tourist Guide (which I'll post soon on my bygonebywyays.com site). I made it to Van Horn, TX the first night late. The next morning, imaginie my pleasant surprise to see the large El Capitan neon glowing in a pre-dawn sky. A drive by shows that it has been recently re-purchased from a bank which was recently housed in there and refurbished/re-opened. A glance in the lobby shows what appears to be a very nicely done effort and I would advise anyone travelling through the area to give it a chance! Remember that this is a vintage hotel, similar to say the El Rancho in Gallup or somehting like that, so the rooms will be small compared to today's rooms, and there will be train noise, but that is part of the roadie experience. I really enjoy the Van Horn-Allamoore-Sierra Blanca segment of old 80 in far wets Texas. These are true, pure travelers towns with many roadie relics remaining. Sierra Blanca in particular, though hit hard by the interstate, almost reminds me of say Glenrio, TX on Route 66 with its many remaining stations, motels, diners and even theatre sitting forlorn and abandoned. Though sad, terrific photo ops abound. If in the Sierra Blanca area, I tried to check out the historic 1939 Sierra Lodge, btu it was undergoing renovation/repair which is a good sign. The El Camino down the street also appears quiet and may be a possible future spot. I'll hopefully let you know soon, or someone else can enlighten us. Cheers, Jeff in Tucson
  15. That would have to be Chuy's (since 1959) at the west end of town. Sorry to say, I was on such a time constraint that I didn't stop in. Online reviews are mixed as to the food/service quality, but I'd stop in for the historical factor alone and check it out myself.
  16. Just a quick update. Well, due to the canal work, we have lost a few snippets of old road west of the I-8 rest stop where the old 1926 asphalt had re-appeared just immediately north of the interstate and paralled it for a brief spell. Since this was essentially inaccesible anyways due to I-8 safety reasons, no major loss there. On the positive, it DOES appear as if a couple of those partially sand-buried snippets norht of the interstate viz as one climbs the large, curving hill west of the rest stop remain intact with the new construction/access road a few feet to the north! This new road when complete will provide the hopelessly and insatiably curious such as myself a way to get in there and take a closer look at this remaining segment of 1926 asphalt. I'm trying to find a contact there in the BLM that is working with this project. Perhaps we can get them to them to add one of those 'interpretive kiosks' there. Jeff in Tucson (roamndav) bygonebyways.com
  17. Hi all, the Dept of the Interior is adding new OHV recreational facilities on the NORTH side of I-8 west of the exisiting rest stop at Gray's Well. This activity is threatening the remants of original 80, portions of which can be glimpsed as a ribbon of asphalt running through the dunes on the north side of I-8 west of the rest stop. Anyone have any clue as to whether or not the Dept of the Interior has any plans for old 80 or is even aware of its importance???
  18. As promised and in time for the Spring and Summer driving/vacation season, I'm proud tovannounce that the book version of my Highway 80 guide is here! From the Texas/New Mexico border to San Diego, you won't miss a thing. This incorporates the newest information I've been able to come across which includes detail from the recently acquired 1922 Bankhead Highway Tourist Guide! For those that shied from a CD version, this is a large 8.5X11 222 pages full-color coilbound format so that the guide will stay open to the page you want. Each page has a footer for notes and one can read along the narrative or just follow the detailed turn-by turn maps in the back if you like. These macro and detail level maps ensure as much or as little detail as one could want. This has been a long labor of love, and I look forward to sharing this with everyone and feel this will be a valuable addition to your collections. Cheers, and see you on the road! Jeff in Tucson bygonebyways.com
  19. Hi John, I did receive your order and your book went out last week so you may be getting it even as we write! I hope you enjoy it and if you like the layout/quality, I can certainly help answer any questions regarding pricing, publisher, etc that you may have. I've bookmarked your website BTW, and can't wait to see what you're working on. Michael, your book has also gone out. I sure hope you enjoy it as this is the perfect time of year to do some exploring around the SW! quote name='yttrailman' date='02 April 2010 - 01:31 PM' timestamp='1270233078' post='14558'] Good Morning, I ordered your book through PayPal. But I am not sure you received the order. Any encouraging words? We are anxious to see how you handled the layout and printing in as much as we are preparing a similar book for the Yellowstone Trail in Wisconsin. John Ridge jridge@yellowstonetrail.org
  20. As promised and in time for the Spring and Summer driving/vacation season, I'm proud to announce that the book version of my Highway 80 guide is here! From the Texas/New Mexico border to San Diego, you won't miss a thing. This incorporates the newest information I've been able to come across which includes detail from the recently acquired 1922 Bankhead Highway Tourist Guide! For those that shied from a CD version, this is a large 8.5X11 222 pages full-color coilbound format so that the guide will stay open to the page you want. Each page has a footer for notes and one can read along the narrative or just follow the detailed turn-by turn maps in the back if you like. These macro and detail level maps ensure as much or as little detail as one could want. This has been a long labor of love, and I look forward to sharing this with everyone and feel this will be a valuable addition to your collections. Availalble through my website: bygonebyways.com Cheers, and see you on the road! Jeff in Tucson bygonebyways.com
  21. I'm happy to announce that a book version of my Highway 80 guide will be availalble as soon as the middle of this month (March). I'm proud of this activity, and this guide features the absolute latest in updates as we are always learning more about the old road eveyr week. I am in frequent contact with several extremely knowledgeable roadie colleques such as Steve Varner, John Murphy, Dan Smith, Joe Specht and numerous others as we share maps, hash out ideas and sound off about the latest info and discoveries. For those that shied from a CD version, this is a large 8.5X11 full-color coilbound format so that the guide will stay open to the page you want, each page has a footer for notes and one can read along the narrative or just follow the detailed turn-by turn maps in the back if you like. This has been a long labor of love, and I look forward to sharing this with everyone and feel this will be a valuable addition to your collections. Cheers, and see you on the road! Jeff in Tucson bygonebyways.com
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    Author Jill Livingston (us99 Pro) To Join Writers At American Road

    I concur...I had the pleasure of actually being able to contribute a couple of postcards to her fine 'That Ribbon of Highway' series. I miss the NW and the brief time I spent exploring old 99 held jus tas much interest for me as TRoute 66 ever did. The country 99 travels through cannot be beat and I hope that Jill's columns can further enlighten me on this old road.
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