On August 19, 2014, we woke up from our room at the Hilltop Motel in Kingman, AZ to embark on the next piece of Route 66. The Hilltop is typical of motels of the 1950s and 60s and really speaks to the essence of what travel was like before the advent of the interstate highway.
|The main sign at the HillTop Motel. The motel is the very essence of post-|
World War II highway travel, simply constructed, minimally appointed but
most importantly, easily accessible.
|Here we see part of the motel itself. That is my white Expedition in the corner|
since that is where our rooms were.
|Early photo of the Kingman Power House when it was still in service. It was|
closed in the late 1930s when the Hoover Dam was completed since hydro-
electric power was so much cheaper to produce.
|That's a lotta threes! As indicated by the sign, the bolt it points to has a curious|
claim to fame.
|Me and my family at Giganticus Headicus.|
|Stone culvert dating from the original construction of the route through here.|
|Hackberry General Store|
|Santa Fe water tank across the road from the Hackberry General Store.|
|I wandered down a dirt road to explore the railroad a little and found this|
bridge. Luckily, I wouldn't have to wait long to see a train as there was a
westbound train coming just as I stopped to check things out. Here we see
|Better view of the bridge over the wash. Look at the pier and you can see the|
difference in the construction materials. I forget when this line had a second
track built, but it is obvious that it was the closer one that was built later.
|Hualapai Indian Boarding School, Valentine, AZ|
|Just in case you thought that dirt road was the interstate.|
|BNSF eastbound train waiting for a signal to proceed.|
|Delivered to BNSF in Santa Fe Warbonnet dress, this was among the|
locomotives waiting to power their train east.
|This westbound train was waiting for a new crew to finish taking the train to|
|The westbound signals in Peach Springs, AZ.|
|Herbie lives at Grand Canyon Caverns!|
|Thermometer showing the constant, year round temperature|
in the caverns.
|Perfectly preserved in the location it was found. It is believed that the animal|
suffered a number of broken bones after falling into the cavern and that is why
it died here.
|Replica of the giant sloth based on the skeleton that was found at this spot.|
Look above the sloth to see the claw marks on the wall from the claws of this
|Just outside the restaurant/gift shop at Grand Canyon Caverns.|
|Our first view of the Snow Cap when we pulled up and got out of the car.|
|Sheriff, I need directions please.|