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Historical Riding and Recreation. Pondering Past Pioneers.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by 100Acre, May 6, 2018.

  1. 100Acre

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    Yes.
     
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    To elaborate on what i said earlier (now that some pics have been uploaded), yes.

    Whether i know the history, or am just left to wonder what the history is, it's always a big alure for riding destinations for me ( And this is something thats really missing from riding back east again ).

    The mysterious Baca Float #5 was "absorbed" by the ORO ranch in the past. Few are allowed in, but one of my last riding trips in AZ was to go check out the locked gates that keep Kong in. Very unassuming...

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    Then there was this homestead on Henderson flats. Try as i might, i could never find out much on it...

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    Further down the trail, there is a different dwelling...

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    Other things are well known. Like Bradshaws grave. The man who lent his name to mountain range in central AZ. The consensus is that his body was probably washed down the hill long ago...

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    One of my favorite things was combining a love of railroads/history and riding. This is limestone canyon and the original route of the Santa Fe, Prescott, and Phoenix into Prescott (and eventually Phoenix) AKA-the "Peavine". The rock rubble you see 1/2 way up the ridge is the old ROW that eventually circles around to where I'm standing via several trestles, of which only the pilings remain. Trust me when i say pics DON'T do this justice. It looks more like a roller-coaster ride than a route for trains.
    Several ties are still laying on the ROW, laid well over a century ago. I can't even fathom a steam train coming down this, but thats exactly what happened. It also came "off" this, thus the need for a better route a few miles to the east, still in use.

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    And then there's Johnsons tunnel, a more recent abandonment...

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    The tunnel itself is on a grade and curved, forcing trains to slow to avoid being flung off into the canyon upon exiting. As such, several accidents occured and lives were lost in this tunnel. Some say it is haunted, but i saw and felt nothing strange in the several times i visited it....though we did experience what smelled to be a cologne smell once, with no obvious source.

    This is the remains of a guard shack from WWII. Since this was a major transcontinental route for war supplies, it was felt it needed constant protection from saboteurs.

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    The thing with trains stuff is the insane amount of labor that goes into to it, and then it's just left by the wayside. This is a promotional film for the realignment that ended the use of this tunnel...


    Just the tip of the iceberg. Everytime i went out, i found old mining remains or and old line camp building, and couldn't help but wonder how or why.

    It'll never stop, but that is the blessed wanderlust...
     
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    You folks are killing me with all these cool pics !
     
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    Headed to Utah in sept. However are trying to plan another westward trip spring of next year for 2 weeks.
     
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    Would say that @100Acre ’s Bayleaf has seen more of America than many of us! Great pics all.
     
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    these pics are cool as all heck,You guys could combine your photos and come up with a cool destination book.
     
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