A short time ago I did a blog post relating to Cool Springs Arizona. I told you that the demise of Cool Springs was caused when a new alignment of Route 66 bypassed it. Although the "new" alignment was a death sentence for Cool Springs, the small town of Yucca greatly benefited from the increased traffic. Yucca was created to be a water stop for the Atlantic & Pacific RR. In 1952, the new alignment of Route 66 changed everything. All of a sudden there was a truck stop, a store or two, a couple of cafes, two motels and a church. I'm sure the people in Yucca were feeling pretty good about things. The good feelings ended in the early 1970's, when the new Interstate Highway (I-40) bypassed them by several miles.
As a result, every retail business in town, eventually had to close their doors. Most of the old places are gone, but there are a few still standing, mixed in with newer houses (I said "newer" not new!) and a few other places unrelated to the highway.
I have no idea what it once was, but it's very old.
One of the original residences.
The sign says Yucca Mission, but I couldn't find out anything at all about the place.
This is an odd town because in the midst of all these things, there are still people living here. I'm not sure how though, because it is brutally hot there. The average daily temperature in Yucca from May through September is over 100 degrees.
We are hitting the road again in the morning. This time we're going to the mountains as it's getting darn hot in the desert. The good news is, I should have a phone signal (unlike our last trip).
Happy Mother's Day!