Keep the Show on the Road! Posted March 11, 2008 Report Share Posted March 11, 2008 I’m looking for thoughts or advice on a trip that goes as follows: Las Vegas to St George Utah via the Arrowhead Trail, St George to Zion, across the 1924 Rockville Bridge and over the 1924 – 28 National Park road link between Zion and the north side of the Grand Canyon to Utah 59, then on to Pipe Springs, Navajo bridge/ Lees Ferry, the Navajo Reservation, Tuba City, Kayenta, Monument Valley, Mexican Hat, Goosenecks of the San Juan, and into Bluff, Utah. The trip is inspired by the motor adventure of Dr. W. H. Hopkins, “world traveler,” and Dolph Andrus (what a great name....sounds like Jack Armstrong, all American Boy!) who in 1917 were pathfinders along what they called the Monumental Highway. The description of their trip appeared in the January 1918 issue of Good Roads Automobilist, a Utah publication which I stumbled across. (See below) Mobilene commented earlier that it sounds like I’m on a mission, and it has kind of become that. I want to follow the trail of the “Motor Men on the Monumental Highway.” I have a couple of books in the Motor Boys series of early last century, when motoring was the basis for great adventure yarns in the west. I have dubbed Dolph and W. C. the Motor Men. They didn’t capture any bandits nor discover any lost mines (as did the Motor Boys), but they had a real automobile adventure. The route they took was more a trail in the sand than a road, but it was later followed by federal and state routes linking Utah’s and Arizona’s amazing Colorado Plateau sites. Some of the places they visited, like Monument Valley, are famous tourist sites today, but others are little know (like Ojeto) or lost (e.g. Douglas Camp). The route is not lined with motels or service stations or eateries like Route 66 or the Old Spanish Trail, which we visited in the southwest last year, but we may find some evidences of the built environment they encountered.....and definitely many of the natural features. If you have a hankering (western term!) to do a little original road research, this is the opportunity. If you spot something in the story that looks interesting, I will try to visit it and give you feedback...within the limits of a passenger car and a fat old man’s ability to get there. (As I was writing this I did a search on Dr. W. Hopkins and “discovered” that Utah State University has some photographs taken by Hopkins of the area...which might have been taken on this trip!! I have contacted the curator.) Anyway, I leave Saturday (March 15), but will try to be on line on the forum daily or when I can get a wifi connection. Keep the Show on the Road! Dave Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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