Making the Connection: Arizona’s Historic Highway 89

Making the Connection: Arizona’s Historic Highway 89

Two historic major east-west highways cross Arizona and each played a role in the westward migrations of the early 20th century. US Route 66 carried people across northern Arizona from Chicago to Santa Monica. US Route 80 linked Savannah to San Diego through southern...
Tourists, Tourists Everywhere

Tourists, Tourists Everywhere

As we slowly reopen from our pandemic lock down, people are hitting the road to visit the national parks. Although I haven’t experienced it first hand yet, I hear that the parks are getting crowded with tourists. This got me to thinking about the photographs I have...
Celebrating Grand Canyon National Park’s Centennial

Celebrating Grand Canyon National Park’s Centennial

…and My 42 Years of Photographing It by James Cowlin I went to the Grand Canyon to photograph for the first time in 1977. I had been shooting landscapes in Arizona for a few years but had avoided the Grand Canyon. I told myself that every photographer went there...
Arizona Copper Art Museum

Arizona Copper Art Museum

Precious metals have been mined in Arizona since the first people arrived thousands of years ago. Gold, silver and copper were used by indigenous people for pigments, ornaments and tools. Spanish explorers in the sixteenth century came to Southwest looking for...
Painting Water—The Art of Barbara Kemp Cowlin

Painting Water—The Art of Barbara Kemp Cowlin

On many of our trips on US Route 89, Barbara and I have found ourselves camping and hiking near water. From Peña Blanca Lake near the Mexican border to the lakes of Glacier National Park, water in its many natural forms has been a part of our journey. So it was almost...
Getting to Page, Arizona, on US 89T

Getting to Page, Arizona, on US 89T

UPDATE: As of March 2015, US Route 89 between Bitter Springs and Page has reopened with the completion of repairs to the highway as it ascends the Echo Cliffs. US 89T is now Navajo Route 20 and is a possible alternative. Heavy trucks and vehicles pulling large boat...