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Old 05-29-2009, 05:26 PM   #57
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Here's the names I couldn't remember—in Sanders, Burnham & Co. Trading Post. The Burnhams have been traders for several generations. There's a very small town in NM named Burnham where there was once a family trading post.

The one in Window Rock actually is just over the state line in NM on south side of highway. It is Griswold's. There is a classic bullpen design. They have a lot of Navajo jewelry pawn and a rug room. We got a tour of the back some years ago and the amount of jewelry pawn was amazing. The old, traditional trading posts acted as banks for the Navajo, lending money on various items, often jewelry, and if the loan isn't paid off, the pawn is sold.

There are a fair number of traditional trading posts left, but they are disappearing quickly. A good book to learn about them is "Trading Post Guidebook", 2d ed., published in 1995 and out of print. The authors prepared a 3rd edition, but the publishers wasn't interested. Meeting the traders is well worth a trading post trip.

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Old 05-29-2009, 07:27 PM   #58
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Another old trading post family is the Hubbells. Their old hacienda was right around the corner from where I grew up in Pajarito, NM, south of Albuquerque. One of the family opened a trading post at Ganado. Here are a couple of fun links:

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Old 05-29-2009, 10:59 PM   #59
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Mary & I have driven every inch of Route 66 (from Chicago to Santa Monica) in our vintage 1959 Porsche. What a great drive!

The best guide book we have found is titled, "Route 66 the ILLUSTRATED GUIDEBOOK to the Mother Road" written by Bob Moore & Patrick Grauwels and pictures by Yannis Argyropoulos. One the back page is a picture of their Road Office, an Airstream.

This details thousands of highlights about the Mother Road. It directs you how to get off the officially posted Interstate dubbed Rt. 66, to drive every legally accessable mile of the original highway. It details landmarks with mile markers.

There are a few places I wouldn't take an Airstream. There are some deadends (for those that must drive "every" mile) that would not allow addiquate space to turn an Airstream around. I also would not recommend driving through the downtown St. Louis portion of Route 66 (danger - danger).

A great nostalgic drive down memory lane.

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Old 05-30-2009, 09:20 AM   #60
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Mike, what about that section east of Oatman? Several years ago we drove through there, not with a trailer, and my recollection is that it is too narrow and the curves too tight for most trailers.

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Between Oatman and Kingman

Having only driven the road in 2007, I not sure that it is the best road for an Airstream. Very tight corners, steep in places, and at that time in dyer need of paving. Apparently it has been neglected for too many years.

But here is one of the happy spots. And I just found a road picture.
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Old 05-30-2009, 11:02 AM   #62
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peewee, great photos. They do capture the essence of the road including the bad pavement. I don't think Charlie's going that far west, but he has an almost one of a kind trailer that may be less than 8' wide, so he would fare better than the widebodies of today. That section of 66 is probably one of the most genuine examples of the early days of the highway, after it was paved.

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Old 05-30-2009, 11:05 AM   #63
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What an awesome memory! You should drive it again or have your kids take you....
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I could tell you of lot's of places to camp along 66....but I have forgotten most of them. I traveled the whole route 66 in 1952 when I was 14 with dad, mom and younger brother. I should try and see what is left.
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Prescott, AZ

A primer if you visit Prescott. Prescott is pronounced Press-kit, it rhymes with biscuit.

Foreigners are recognized immediately when the utter the dreaded "scott" ending.

Welcome to the Arizona high country...5300 feet above sea level, 15 20 degrees cooler than the Valley of the Sun.
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Pewee thanks for posting all the pics. We plan on making a loop out of the trip by going home through Monument Valley then up through Telluride and back to I 70. I don't see us towing any farther west then Cave Springs state park by Oak Creek canyon but we may make a day trip a littler further down rt. 66 while we're docked there. We want to spend some time hiking in the park and taking the boys down the slide rock natural water slides. We all really want to see Oatman but it's another 3.5 hours west so it is doubtful that we make it. I'm thinking that Seligman is about as far as we can push it but we'll see.
I'm hoping for a break in the weather so I can apply the final coat of liquid glass tomorrow after work. We've had almost nothing but rain, sleet, and hail for the past 2 weeks including today. Even on Thursday when I polished it was intermittently spitting rain throughout the day. I can't wait to try the LEDs while camping to see how they effect the batteries. Thanks to Gene for his advise on these. I'll give a complete update on that thread once I get the second set of lights installed.

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Roads after Ashfork heading west on Historic 66

Road shots of Historic 66. After Ashfork, AZ and before Kingman, AZ
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Seligman is pronounced Sligman by locals we were told.

In Prescott, where we probably announced ourselves as touristas, we stayed several years back at the Hassayampa Hotel. We had what might be called the bridal suite because, as the story goes, a young newly married couple checked in. The groom went out to get something and never came back. The bride waited for days, maybe weeks, but no groom. This room has a balcony and from the balcony, there is a ladder leading up to the roof. One morning they found the bride—she had hanged herself from some part of the roof. We did not experience her ghost as others are said to have. We did have a good breakfast in the hotel restaurant though. So, if you want to forsake your trailer for one night and let the kids run riot in it, try out the bridal suite at the Hassayampa. The hotel comes with an old, creaky elevator too, is real close to the town square and some good restaurants.

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may be a bit late to give informations for your trip but if you want more photos or place to eat... have a look on my blog and choose "route 66" tag... or try this

AIRSTREAM, HARLEY-DAVIDSON and The American Dream in FRANCE.: route 66

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Route 66 plans and tips

If anyone is planning on travelling the Mother Road in the near future, there will be an article in the next issue of Airstream Life.
Airstream Life is a great resource for all kinds of stuff.
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