Looking North on Central in Downtown Phoenix|
This reminds me of the opening scene in the movie Psycho... Where the first victim worked in downtown Phoenix before she took the money and ran...
I was stationed at Luke Air Force Base in January 1952... and during the next year or so there travelled all over the State
getting pictures of everything that looked interesting|
Here is the Entrance to the Base back then
|Below, the entrance to South Mountain Park, on the South side of Phoenix...|
|On the road to the top of South Mountain...|
|A stop on the way up to look back at the South side of Phoenix...|
|And another to check out a very tall Saguaro cactus...|
|The lookout shelter at the top of South Mountain...|
And my High School girl friend Phyliss and my mother came out on the train for a visit... And I showed them the wondrous sites of the City...|
Mom didn't get in the photo this time... Or maybe stayed back at the motel and didn't take this trip...
|And smile, you are on Candid Camera... And that looks like a Brownie 620 camera like I had earlier in High School...|
|On another trip to South Mountain... Jerry, my younger brother and the Donald and my Jeepster on top...|
|A view from the Lookout North toward Camelback Mountain on the North side of Phoenix... Supposed to look like a sleeping camel...|
|A little closer view of Camelback Mountain from old Hiway 60.. East of Phoenix...|
|This is an old Movie location to the East of Phoenix near the Superstition Mountains... Many Western movies were filmed here...|
One day Bill Bennett and I started to climb to the top of Camelback... He was in the same Camera Technician class I attended in Denver in January of 1951...|
I was surprised to see him there when I was later assigned to Luke AFB where he installed gun cameras on fighter planes... And I worked in the Photo lab that processed the 16mm movie film...
|Hang on, looks like it is getting a bit steep here...|
|OK you got up there... How you gonna get back down?...|
|A rest stop to check on another huge saguaro...that one must be about 25 feet tall...|
|AHA.. Made it to the very tip top of Camelback Mountain...|
|And Dave made it too... And I was lugging that big old Speed Graphic camera the whole way...|
|Here a look on the North side of Camelback.. with some desert resorts below...|
|And a look down on the Phoenix side... You can see my Jeep Station Wagon just in front of Dave's finger...|
Another view on the South side.. Downtown Phoenix at the very top of this photo...|
And then... Yes, we did find our way back down...
Aerial view of Luke Air Force Base in the 50s when I was assigned there... The red arrow the Photo Lab where I worked|
The White Tank Mountains behind the base where we climbed a few times...
South of the Base was a resort that rented horses to others than guests in the off season...|
The White Tank Mountains again in the background...
|So we took advantage of that a few times... I always asked for this horse 'Sugar' as she was rather lively... But ornery too... She once tried to run back to the stable before I was ready...|
|Dave climbing a section of the White Tank Mountains, not very steep at this location...|
|Now a trip on the Apache Trail, East of Phoenix... Entry off Hiway 60 at Apache Junction... The Superstition Mountains looming ahead... The location of the famed Lost Dutchman Gold Mine...|
A little trick photography here? That is the real Superstitions in the background with a model mule train...|
I sent in for a Mule Train model kit from 20 Mule Team Borax, assembled it, Loaded the wagons with Borax? and took a pic and superimposed it on the real photo...
|Looking down the canyon toward Tortilla Flats... Just above the head of the guy on the right... There was a kind of little store there once... Nothing on the last trip through as I remember...|
|Now looking back up to where the last photo was taken...|
|Now for a refreshment stop... My younger brother came out for a visit and I showed him around the Phoenix area...|
|No... We sure don't grow them like that in Missouri...|
|Looking down into Apache Lake.. formed when the Salt River was dammed for irrigation purposes... A fishing and boating location also...|
|The trail winding along the Salt River toward the Roosevelt dam...|
|And dipping down right next to the river...|
|A view from the trail just below Roosevelt Dam... Said to be the World's largest masonry dam, the native stone cut from the walls of the Salt River Canyon...|
|The dam is 1,000 feet across, rising 284 feet from bedrock, Five years in construction and completed in 1921... Named for President Theodore Roosevelt...|
|The dam then formed 23 mile long Roosevelt Lake with a capacity of 398,430 Acre Feet...|
|A few miles East of the dam is Tonto National Monument... Here the small museum and parking area... My Jeepster parked in front of the Museum...|
|Indian cliff dwelling at Tonto National Monunent, inhabited 600 years ago by the Salado Indians...|
|The rooms were constructed of stone and adobe with ceilings of Juniper poles, covered with adobe...|
|This ruin originally contained 20 rooms crowded into the cave which measures 85 feet long by 40 feet deep...|
|The half mile trail back to the parking area, the hills covered with teddy bear cholla and saguaro cactus... Roosevelt lake at the top of the photo...|
|On the trail back down, one more look at Roosevelt Lake before driving the rest of the Trail to Superior, Arizona, then Back to Phoenix on Hiway 60...|