Above and below, Saguaro National Park in Tucson, Arizona.
Above and below, Saguaro National Park in Tucson, Arizona.
Above, a view of the store-fronts of old Bisbee.
Below, the Art influence once again shows itself in Bisbee, Arizona.
Above and below, the “Copper Queen” Hotel shows the wealth the town had due to the massive copper mine.
Above and below a few of the many historic trailers found in Bisbee, Arizona.
Below, Bertha sits overlooking the Lavender Mine in Bisbee, Arizona.
Above, an example of the “hardships” pioneers faced in the South Western United States over 100 years ago.
Above, the scenery changed drastically shortly after I crossed the New Mexico – Arizona State Line!
Above, the famous Western Town of Tombstone, Arizona. It’s amazing how a 30 second gunfight at the OK Corral put this dusty little mining town on the map for the last 130 years!
Below, the Famous Bird Cage Theater in Tombstone, Arizona.
Above, some of the Old West sights from Tombstone, Arizona.
Below, the Cochise County Courthouse in Tombstone, Arizona, now a museum.
Above, the entrance to the OKCorral in Tombstone, Arizona. I did’t enter the courtyard where the gunfight took place. I decided after reading the details at the Museum that I had enough information!
Below, a young cowboy pauses to let me take his picture on the street. He like many of the “cowboy-actors” are not originally from Tombstone but came there because of their love of the old west.
Below, Big Nose Kate’s Saloon in Tombstone, Arizona.
After a few hours in Tombstone, I had enough of 6 shooters and cowboys and decided to go visit Bisbee, Arizona a much different town! Bisbee landed on the map after the discovery of one of the richest copper mines in history. After the mines closed in the early 1970s the town started to become a mecca for artists!
Above and below, the Lavender Mine in Bisbee, Arizona. Known as the “Queen of Copper Mines” in its day because of how profitable it was!
Above, the “Silver City RV Park” where I decided to spend the first night in Silver City.
Below, signs of a possible stealthy boon-docker in downtown Silver City, New Mexico. A buddy of mine Dave had a similar van in the 1990s and made countless trips to the desert southwest in it!
Above, the view of Silver City from Boston Hill.
Above and below, signs of how Silver City got its name….. Silver Mining! These Pit Mines are probably from the 1880s? It’s amazing to see the rocks stacked next to the pits, probably placed there by the original mines and never touched again!
Above, the 1880s home that now is the Silver City Museum. The home was built in 1881 and was the residence to a wealthy gentleman and his family until he lost his mining fortune in 1889 and moved to Long Beach California in 1892!
Above, one of the many murals on century old buildings in Silver City, New Mexico.
Below, The welcome sign to Historic Downtown Silver City, New Mexico.
Above, one of the many store-fronts dating back to the 1880s.
Below, the City Hall Clock, in Silver City, New Mexico.
Above and below, more 1880s architecture in Silver City, New Mexico!
Below, another colorful mural on a store-front in Silver City, New Mexico.
Above and below, a reminder that the infamous “Billy The Kid” aka William Bonney, called Silver City home in the mid-1870s when he lived in a cabin similar to this recreation built on the site of the original dwelling. As many of you know, Billy went on to become a central figure in the Lincoln County Wars of 1878 to 1881 in Lincoln County, New Mexico.
After a morning in Alpine, I continued my journey north to Fort Davis. The town gets its namesake from the 1850s Army Fort. Like Fort Stockton, Fort Davis was instrumental in providing security for supply routes westward and travelers in the mid to late 1800s. The US Parks Service is responsible for Fort Davis and has spent a lot of money refurbishing the Fort and it shows! The Fort is extremely well maintained, complete with volunteers dressed as former soldiers and family members ready to answer questions about what life was like at the Fort. I would plan on 2 to 3 hours to see the Park properly! It is definitely worth a visit!
To the south and west of Fort Davis is the quirky, artist haven of Marfa. I am sure some of my readers have heard of the Marfa lights? Those desert lights that appear from nowhere….. I stopped for a few hours to take pictures and walk around.
After Marfa I headed for Interstate 10 so I can continue my journey westward to San Diego. Along the way I stopped in Van Horn for fuel and chicken enchiladas at Chuys. Evidently Chuys was a favorite stop for NFL Football Coach John Madden who didn’t fly, so during the football season he logged many miles criss-crossing the US. The enchiladas were great!
Above, the Museum of Big Bend at Sul Ross College in Alpine, Texas. A wonderful little Museum!
Below, one of the many displays at the Museum of Big Bend at Sul Ross College. I have said it before in earlier posts and i will probably say it again, I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been to travel thousands of miles in a covered wagon. I have Bertha, a modern Truck Camper, and think I am on an adventure…. ?
Below, Main Street in Alpine, Texas.
Above and below, Historic Fort Davis in Fort Davis, Texas.
Above, a recreation of the Enlisted-mens Barracks at Fort Davis. The US PArks Service has paid great attention to detail in all the recreations! Many of the items were actually from the soldiers and families that served at the Fort in the 1800s.
Below, a view of the Commissary and a covered wagon at Fort Davis.
Above and below, Officer’s Housing at Fort Davis.
Above, after visiting the Park I headed back to Bertha, to find more small RV travelers. Small RVs are a great way to see the US!
Above, a car in Marfa, Texas…. remember I said quirky….
Below, the Courthouse in Downtown Marfa, Texas.
Above, Chuy’s Restaurant in Van Horn, Texas, a favorite stop for former NFL Football Coach John Madden…. John knows his food, this place served delicious eats!
Above, Bertha faces North West at the K-Bar 1 Camp Site in Big Bend National Park.
Below, looking up-steram on the Rio Grande in Big Bend National Park in my Innova Kayak.
Above, a quick stop along the US side of the Rio Grande River in Big Bend National Park… or was it the Mexican side? Gee, I don’t remember, did I stray into Mexico… oh no… did I? Oh well it’s the Rio Grande for sure!
Above, another picture of the Rio Grande River in Big Bend National Park.
Below, after my trip on the river, I followed the trail from the picnic area toward the Hot Springs to get a good view of the Rio Grande from above! In this picture I am looking up stream from the Rio Grande Village Area, this time I am sure I’m in the USA! USA on the right, Mexico on the left!
Above, the Historic Fort Stockton in South West Texas.
Below, the Enlisted barracks built around 1867 at Fort Stockton.
Above, the Enlisted Soldiers barracks at Fort Stockton.
Below, on the parade grounds of Historic Fort Stockton, a 1860s wagon is on display. This one was used in 2 John Wayne movies!
Above, the Historic Fort Stockton jail. Frontier military justice was harsh!
Below, one of the 2 cells in the Historic Fort Stockton jail.
Above, the Episcopal Church adjacent to the Fort parade grounds is believed to be the first one West of the Pecos River!
Below, the Historic Pecos County Courthouse in the town of Fort Stockton.
Below are a few pictures from the Fort Stockton Visitors Center.
Above, Bertha takes a break from driving and relaxes in front of the Fort Stockton Visitor’s Center.
Below, the Fort Stockton, Texas Visitor’s Center.
Below, 2 Cowboys stand watch over the Fort Stockton Visitor’s Center.
Below, a few pictures of the little tourist attraction know as “Gruene” in New Braunfels, Texas.