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...
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...
US Route 89 2019 Calendar

US Route 89 2019 Calendar

The US Route 89 2019 Calendar celebrates the diverse landscapes of the national parks, monuments, recreation and wilderness areas along the highway. From ocotillo blooms in Saguaro National Park to a waterfall in Glacier National Park, each month will give you a new...
A Western Journey by Thomas Wolfe

A Western Journey by Thomas Wolfe

Thomas Wolfe was an acclaimed author best know for Look Homeward, Angel. In early 1938, he had just delivered two lengthy manuscripts to his publisher. He was 38 and needed a break from writing so he decided to make a trip out west to a part of the country he had...
Two Alternative 89 Routes

Two Alternative 89 Routes

There are two parts of highway 89 that are designated as alternatives. One is an Arizona State Route and the other is a Federal US Route. To add to the confusion both are in Arizona. I get a lot of questions about driving conditions on these roads especially from...