I found the old photos on the internet and I'd love to attribute them to somebody, but was unable to find out who that would be. I took all the other photos last month.
Thimble Mountain in the background. I believe this photo was taken in the early 1920s. As you can see, this is desolate and blazing hot desert. Cars in the old days couldn't stand up the desert temperatures like they can today and many people perished in the desert heat. These little outposts of civilization were literally life savers.
Thimble mountain last month
Another photo of Thimble Mountain I took through the window of one of the many old wrecks around the place.
Speaking of wrecks, you know I was happy to see all these old cars and trucks.
What jaunt into the desert is complete without a desert oddity? Yes, it's a Class A RV and EVERY inch is covered with paint.
It may be in the middle of nowhere, but if you've been limping across the desert trailing a plume of steam from an overheated engine, its an oasis...
While the new alignment of Route 66 led to the demise of Cool Springs and many other places; those along the new alignment, like Yucca Arizona, prospered. Eventually, a new Interstate Highway (I-40) bypassed them as well (including Yucca). As we were on the trail of history, we went there . Yucca will be the subject of a soon to come blog post.