On the third day of my trip, I headed toward Tucson, Arizona.

My first stop was in Sedona.

The red rocks are beautiful, but I must have showed up too early for much activity.



My next stop, after a long winding desert road was Tortilla Flat, population 6.

Tortilla Flat started out as a stage stop in 1904 and is still around as a modern day stop for tourists.


Plenty of cactus in Tortilla Flat.  More cactus than residents.

The barstools have saddles for seats and the walls are covered in dollar bills.



Looking back as we drive away from Tortilla Flat.

Up ahead, Crater Lake.
Crater Lake
Out in the middle of a desert, it was odd to see a lake this large.
Next stop was for Goldfield's Ghost Town.
Back in the 1890's Goldfield boasted 3 saloons, a boarding house, general store, blacksmith shop, brewery, meat market and a school house. Just when it looked like the town would outgrow Mesa, the vein faulted, the grade of ore dropped and the town died a slow painful death.
Sure was hot that day.

This is a Linotype machine that was found on site.
Found an old fire truck behind the Goldfield Livery.






Superstition Mountain appears in the background.




Next stop was Casa Grande Ruins National Monument.

The park preserves an ancient Hohokam farming community and the "Great House".

One of the largest prehistoric structures ever built in North America, its purpose remains as much a mystery as the people who built it. Archeologists have discovered evidence of wide-scale irrigation farming and trade which lasted over a thousand years and ended about 1450.

In 1932, a protective shelter was installed to protect Casa Grande from the harsh environment of sun and rain.






I took this picture to show what is believed this place actually looked back in its prime.
Agave Americana

It is a common misconception that Agaves are cacti. Agaves are closely related to the lily and amaryllis families, and are not related to cacti.

An exhibit on what it might have looked like from the inside of Casa Grande looking out.
A model representing the structure of Casa Grande.

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Tortilla Flat / Crater Lake


Goldfield Ghost Town


Casa Grande


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