I've only heard one story relating to Fenner. As legend has it, during a national railroad mechanics strike in the 1920's, two scabs (non-union people working during the strike) hired by the Santa Fe RR in Fenner, were kidnapped, taken deep into the desert, made to totally disrobe and left there. This act was to serve as a warning to other scabs, to not take these jobs. Did the two guys live or die? Not only do I not know that, I don't even know if the story is true.
There are no official population estimates of Fenner, but I'm pretty sure that the number is zero. However, there are a few people around. One adventurous soul has opened a gas station/cafe in the same area. Some of you wondered how far people would travel to get their mail at the cute little post office in Essex (from my last post), well this guy does, because Fenner doesn't have a post office.
By the way...
Today's weather forecast for Fenner is... 103F, rain and thunder storms likely.
One thing that Fenner left behind, was the town dump. The good stuff has mostly been buried by the new stuff, but you know that doesn't stop my wife and I from doing some digging. This tire was taller than I am. I'm sure the rubber content has to be worth a lot. Too bad we couldn't fit it in the jeep.
Tammy Loves Scummy!
I was afraid to see what (or who) was wrapped up in that black plastic in the middle of the room. I hope it wasn't Tammy!
There is a lot of trash/junk/treasure buried under this dirt.
Very old style automotive oil dip stick
Although we didn't find a lot of antique treasures, we did find this airplane wing! You know what else I found? I found a bunch of medical waste? I don't know if it was legally dumped or not, but it made me quit digging and use about a quart of hand sanitizer. It also had me wondering how long it had been since my last tetanus injection.
The little building on the left, is probably the ONLY original thing still standing in Fenner.
It seems that half the old pickup trucks and cars ever made are abandoned in the desert. This nice group is just sitting there in Fenner. A couple of these, especially the car on the right are worth some money, but...
Not a tree in sight. Fenner is the little purple spot in the middle. Essex, from last week, is on the very bottom, towards the left. The yellowish line connecting Essex to Fenner is the original National Trails Highway. The NTH was later included in the original alignment of Route 66. Now check this out! Fenner, Goffs (above Fenner) and Homer were not only bypassed by the I-40, they were also bypassed once by Route 66 when the government moved it! The newer Route 66 alignment goes from Essex (on the bottom) to the same path as the newer I-40. I hope this confuses you less than it confused me!
The arrow in the top right corner is the original Fenner dump. The arrow in the middle is point right towards the new gas station and cafe. The arrow pointing up, is point at the old route 66. The yellow lines at the bottom are the Interstate-40. If you enlarge this photo, you can see the buildings at the old dump. Thanks to Google Maps for the image.
This week we are back in the area of the Chariot Fire. It has been almost a month since the fire and we have some updates coming for you.