This past March we once again made the journey from Seattle to Tucson, Arizona, for some sun and heat therapy.
Shortly after arriving in Tucson we needed to travel North to Phoenix to join friends and family for lunch. During the drive north I spotted these road side attractions that are captured here. Except I couldn’t stop. We had a schedule to meet and it was mid-morning. I thought I could stop on the return trip. But the desert had other ideas, and sent us a dust storm that convinced us returning to Tucson via the main highway was a better idea. Fortunately, 3 weeks later, wind, weather, and our schedule cooperated to give me high clouds and a free evening to explore these roadside attractions along Arizona Highway 79.
The first stop is the Tom Mix Memorial. For those of you who don’t know Tom Mix, he was a movie star between 1909 and 1935, and is best known for Western films in the silent movie era. He died at this location on October 12, 1940, while driving between Tucson and Phoenix, because a flash flood washed out a bridge on the highway and he was not able to stop. An interesting observation of this location is, the brass plaque in the memorial is still there. I passed a couple of historical markers on this road and the brass plaques were removed, and probably stolen.
Our next stop is just a clearing alongside the road with a large For Sale sign. Looking at the sign, this property has been on the market for a long time. Though I was more interested in the faded state of the sign and the light coming through the clouds than in getting the phone number. In addition, I was a little distracted by the second image while walking up to the fence.
Traveling farther North we come to the outskirts of Florence, Arizona, and these attractions.
While returning to Tucson, the light was fading fast. But I had to make second stop at the Tom Mix Memorial to capture the light on the clouds. When I finished with the close up of the riderless horse on the monument, I turned to find the moon alongside this tree at the entrance to the memorial. I took several images, but this one with light trail gives the image a “Close Encounters” sort of vibe.
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