Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Two Guns

Two Guns is a stop in Northern Az off of I-40 and old Route 66, it was a truly amazing place, and it has a truly great history.  I did not get nearly as many photos here as I wanted to.  I had both of my boys with me and there is a canyon running through the middle of the site.  So here are the photos I did get, and a promise that I will go back and explore, this place screams for hours of my time...

This is the old pueblo, it was built as a tourist trap, as was most if not all of the building here.

I think this building may have been the home/store of one of the families that worked there.  You can also see the old bridge in this shot, we did not make it that far in, but from what I understand you do not want to walk across this bridge, much less drive across it.

I believe this is the original entrance to the zoo...

Part of the old Route 66 alignment, you can drive down part of the alignment right up to the Mountain Lion building, after that I would not recommend it, and only go that far if you are in a high clearance vehicle!

The main 'Kamp" building, this is one of the newer tries at the site...

A more recent Gas station..

This was the caretakers trailer up until a few years ago, the site is now open, though there may be a no trespassing sign around, I did not go to far because of the boys, and recommend obeying all laws!

As you can see most of the pictures are from far away, this site is somewhere around 300 acres, everywhere you looked there were falling down stone buildings, and that was from the interstate, I would give just about anything to get back there and have the time to wander, there is just so much to see.  To finish off I want to leave you with a few links, the first ones are to the history of the site, which is long and fascinating, there was an Indian massacre way back, as well as more recent murders in the not so distant past, they say the place is cursed...  The last is to a site that has better pictures as well as some pictures from back when this place was booming...

I hope you guys enjoy learning about this site as much as I have, it has been on my 'must see' list for a few years now, and while I get to cross it off, it has been added to the 'must return' list instead, I am not sure which is better!

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