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Since the Big Slump closed US 89 in northern Arizona in February 2013, I have received numerous requests for information about alternative roads. At first, a detour route was established between Flagstaff and Page, Arizona, that took travelers 50 miles out of their way adding at least an hour to the trip.
A much shorter alternative existed in Navajo Route 20 which parallels US 89 for 44 miles from The Gap to Page. The... [Read more...]
The last place you would expect to find street art is along US Route 89 on the Navajo Reservation. But there it is. You can’t miss it as you head north from Flagstaff. It’s on tanks and roadside jewelry stands. Big black and white photographs pasted up there for all to see.
We first saw these works of public art four years ago. While we were curious about their origin we didn’t pursue it further. Then a link to... [Read more...]
1705 Map Shows California as an Island
In this day of Google maps and GPS’s everywhere, it is hard to imagine how the world looked to the Spanish explorers when they arrived in the region we now call Arizona. Early explorers had mistakenly believed that California was an island and the territory between the Rio Grande and Colorado Rivers was a blank on their maps.
The first attempt to create permanent Spanish settlements... [Read more...]
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