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~ Trips Around Arizona in 1952 ~ Page One ~

~ Phoenix ~ South Mountain ~ Camelback Mountain ~ Apache Trail ~

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...

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