Yes, its foggy (again) in Flagstaff. It looks more like the Monterey coast out there than the mountains of Arizona for the third day in a row…
Anyway I was talking with a colleague this morning about it and he reminded me of all those great ’50s and ’60s sci/fi movies that incorporated fog into their general plot and that naturally led me to thinking about Route 66 and dinosaurs.
We have such a brilliant array of them:
This one (NAU.PH.2013.4.1.10.7.82 ) is from the John Running collection and reflects that sort of “real” dinosaur. This scary guy used to hang out just east of Holbrook, right along the edge of the 40- where it is really foggy today, as part of the now defunct International Dinosaur Park and the Museum of the Americas.
The we have this one:
(NAU.PH.2004.11.2.1831 ) that sort of looks like a large dinosaur Halloween costume- and note the “human” companion. This one lives at Stuart’s Petrified Wood not too far further east from the one above.
At Grand Canyon Caverns we find:
(NAU.PH.2004.11.2.268 ), a nearly two-dimensional chap who dates to when Grand Canyon Caverns was known as Dinosaur Caverns.
Anyway, 66 wasn’t just cafes and gas stations and neat motels. There was some pretty interesting stuff advertising roadside adventure- and stuff lurking out in the fog!
Be safe on the road today.
Here at Special Collections and Archives at Cline Library, Northern Arizona University in (what is today) a very damp Flagstaff, AZ. we have settled upon what our next exhibit (for 2015-16) will be. We are going to build an exhibit around our Fred Harvey/AMFAC collections. Fred Harvey (and later the Fred Harvey Company) literally helped define what has become the modern American southwest. The restaurants and hotels set the standard for tourist accommodation and because of the Fred Harvey Company’s affiliation with the Santa Fe Railway, pretty much everywhere the railroad went, so went Harvey. Our collection encompasses Albuquerque to the Grand Canyon and features thousands of photographs, menus, Mary Colter blueprints and much more.
We’ll be putting out the application for the associated Elizabeth and P.T. Reilly internship for next summer, and we’ll put the exhibit in place sometime in October 2015. Stay tuned.
Meanwhile our current exhibit “Offerings to the Gods of Light and Shadow” features the photographic life and works of local photographer John Running. For this blog, the important thing to note is that John Running conducted a number of commercial Route 66-themed shoots.
Meanwhile, I’ll be working on adding my Route 66 images from my most recent trip to Special Collections’ Digital Archives. I’ll post when they are up.
November 11 is the date in 1926 when Route 66 was sprung on the traveling public. Route 66 is 88!. Not bad for a highway “decommissioned” in 1985.
Good Morning All-
Because of the tremendous and ongoing contribution to the “Route 66 in Arizona: Don’t Forget Winona!” Flickr site that we set up in conjunction with our on-line exhibit and blog site, I just wanted to announce we’ll be analyzing your contributions to see what in fact are representative images of Route 66 in Arizona. We have well more than 2,000 images at the Flickr site, and so plenty to tabulate.
Meanwhile, Take a look at the Cline Library’s other exhibits, including our new John Running exhibit here.
The digital exhibit lives on and can be viewed by following the link below. You may still vote on our polls, and enjoy the linked Flickr site. Thanks for participating.