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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...]
All of the 20 National Parks and Monuments along US 89 are closed because of the impasse in Congress. Also, National Forest and BLM campgrounds are closed. Stranded travelers who were camping at federal camping areas may be able to find space in state and county parks. Here is a quick reference list of parks on or near US Route 89 that have camping facilities.
Tucson Mountain Park
On the west side of Tucson,... [Read more...]
My first interest in US Route 89 was the landscape, particularly the seven national parks along the road. As I traveled on 89, I realized that it was more than beautiful scenery. It was also a road that led me into the history and culture of what is known in as The West—capital T, capital W. That is why I have called it “The West’s Most Western Highway.”
C. M. Russell
Perhaps no artist has captured the spirit... [Read more...]
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