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Arizona Route 66

These aren't necessarily haunted sites, but they are interesting and historical.

After leaving Tombstone, we went in search of local Ghost Towns on our way to Route 66...down unimproved, primative roads...for 50 miles...at 35 miles per hour...during monsoon season...across cattle guards and dry washes. Luckily, we made it back to the highway before the rain got bad. We decided not do much exploring outside of the car after being warned about the rattlesnakes.

A cemetery in the middle of nothing but ruins.

Gleeson, Cochise County 16m East of Tombstone. Even before the arrival of Spaniards in this area, Indians were mining turquiose near the present site of Gleeson. John Gleeson prospected the area in 1880s.

The famous Jack Rabbit Trading Post. A similar sign was created for the Disney movie Cars. You might also recognize the Wigwam Motel from the movie, which featured the Cozy Cone Motel. This motel is still renting rooms, and has vintage vehicles parked around the property.

This was as close at we got to Meteor Crater after taking a detour from the highway. We got up to the entrance to find a $15 fee to look at a hole. I don't think so. They offer "free" guided tours (of a hole), and what I'm sure is a very nice museum, but if you just want to see the crater you have to fund the whole complex. There are a couple of people standing on the ridge of the crater in this picture. We took a brochure and looked at the picture for free.

The Petrified Forest, was about a 14 mile detour from the highway. We decided to drive the 28 miles through the whole length of the park up to the Painted Desert, and back to the highway. We read that these "trees" were originally located along the equator 225 million years ago in a vast floodplain. A mix of silt, mud and volcanic ash buried the logs. This sediment cut off oxygen and slowed the logs' decay. Silica deposits replaced the original wood tissue and eventually crystallized into quartz, and the logs were preserved as petrified wood.

The park's largest log, known as "Old Faithful."

Puerco Pueblo, located in the Petrified Forest, is a partially stabilized 100-room pueblo built about 1250, that may have housed nearly 1,200 people. There are several areas where you can also see ancient petroglyphs. You can also see the Santa Fe Railroad Train just below the horizon. With the uninterrupted views you could see the entire train.

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