Saturday, August 17, 2013

Detour Narrated By Wiki

We recently took an oversized load from Arizona to Georgia.  There was a portion of the interstate we weren't allowed to travel due to our width of 13'1", so we were routed through the Arizona towns of Safford and Duncan. 

The following are some photos of Duncan - located five miles from the New Mexico border - and some information on the town I found via Wikipedia.  Sometimes, Wikipedia is the best one can do.

The town of Duncan has been destroyed twice by flood and once by fire. The town and area are primarily populated by ranchers and miners - especially from the Freeport-McMoran copper mines in SE Arizona and SW New Mexico. 
Duncan and the surrounding area along the Gila River is world-renowned for Native American artifacts such as arrow heads, pottery, burial sites, cave paintings and other remnants of the Anasazi and other pre-historic cultures, as well as artifacts from garrison camps of the Expedition of Francisco Vásquez de Coronado.  
Also, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who was born in El Paso, Texas, grew up near Duncan on the Lazy B Ranch, which straddles the border between Arizona and New Mexico.  She later wrote a book titled Lazy B: Growing up on a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest about her childhood experiences on the ranch with her brother H. Alan Day.

Thank you, Wikipedia.

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M Hanson said...

Sometimes the detours in life are better than the main line!

Mick P said...

Thats what we love when we're in the States-little towns. We don't like driving the Interstates-you don't see as much, although sometimes it's a necessity. The Francisco Vasquez stuff looks really interesting-I don't know if you're aware of a writer called Richard Grant, he's a travel writer and wrote an amazing book called Ghost Riders (I think it may be American Nomads in the US)which tells the story of Vasquez and the story of people who wander up and down the North American continent. I read it a couple of times a year. Do you have any favorite travel books?

The Daily Rant said...

M: I agree!

MICK: I love when we get to go off the beaten path. And I always like to Google information about the places I haven't been before. I hate to find out after the fact that there was something there that I wanted to see or photograph.

I have not heard of that book by Richard Grant but I Googled it. It sounds pretty interesting, I might have to give it a read. You know, I have never read any travel memoirs or specific travel books, but I do like books that are set in a particular place that detail a lot about the area.

Gil said...
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Gil said...

I can't believe how clean the streets and sidewalks are!