Brad & Barb Wright - Southwest Trip 2009/2010 travel blog

The Heard Museum

Hohokum Indian Artifacts

Infant carrier - then and now

Hopi Bridal outfit made by groom, baskets made by bride

Glass tubes being shown by guide

Maricopa-Pima Indian Tribe info.

Superstition Museum

Roadrunner - Arizona State Bird

Gas powered iron

Chapel from the movie Cisco Kid with Elvis Presley

Brad in Stagecoach

Barn - only building left from Apache Land movie set that burned...

Tortilla Flat

Canyon Lake

Goldfield Ghost Town

Peterson's Mercantile at Goldfield

Bordello at Goldfield

Cantankarous Carl's Hat Store sign at Goldfield

Saguaro Cactus at Goldfield

View of Superstition Mountains - one of the most famous views of...

Sunset on the way home

We were out for a ride one day and ended up in Phoenix. We were close, so decided to visit the Heard Museum. It is a museum dedicated to the Native American culture. It is huge! We took a 1 hour tour and then started to go through some of the galleries that weren't on the tour. You could spend days there and I don't know if you would see everything. The tour focused on the Indians that are native to this general area and had artifacts from the past as well as the present. The tour guide was excellent. She described the different tribes and whether they were farmers, potters & weavers or hunters and what areas they inhabit and how although now they live all over they still keep their culture alive. It was very interesting and worth another trip back there to see what we didn't see. There were or are 18 different tribes inhabiting what is now Arizona. Hohokum Indians built a system of canals (which although modernized is still in use today) to irrigate the crops. Another day we went back to the Apache Trail and went as far as Tortilla Flat. At one time it was the smallest town in the US - I don't know if it still holds that distinction. There are three buildings - A restaurant, and bar and a large gift shop with a post office. In addition there are a couple of homes and that's the town. We also stopped at Canyon Lake and had lunch at the restaurant overlooking the water. The other two stops we made that day were the Superstition Mountain Museum which tells of the gold mining in the Superstition Mountains and the tale of the Lost Dutchman's Mine. Also on the grounds of the museum are two buildings from Apache Land a movie set where many western movies were filmed. The set burned down twice. The chapel and the barn are the only two buildings left from the set that didn't burn. They have been moved and reconstructed at the Superstition Museum. One of the movies filmed on this set was Elvis Presley's "Charro". In the chapel there is a large cut-out of Elvis you could have your picture taken with. The other thing we did on the trail that day was return to Goldfield Ghost Town. We took a ride on the train around the town and listened to a guide describe life in the town when the mine was active. He also told the tale of the Lost Dutchman's Mine....which has never been found. We then walked around the town, All the buildings are now gift shops of one type or another or restaurants. On the way home that evening we saw the most beautiful sunset. The sunsets here are gorgeous. The last place we visited was the Sugar Bowl Ice Cream Shop. The Sugar Bowl has been featured over the years in the Family Circus cartoon. Bill Keene, the originator of the series lives in Paradise Valley which is in this area. We can't believe we've been here a month already. It's been a wonderful month. We've done a lot of sightseeing, a lot of relaxing and visiting. We've met some very nice people, found a church to attend that we enjoyed and enjoyed beautiful, warm, sunny weather. What more could you ask for? Today we leave for Palm Desert, CA for three nights to visit cousins. Sunday evening my cousin, Bill flew in from Rhode Island for 10 days. He's staying with Jan. The four of us are going in the RV over to Palm Desert to visit with our cousins, Jack & Nancy Campbell and Bev & Jim McDill. Jan and Bill will stay in their guest rooms, while Brad & I will be in a RV Park 7 miles away. We will return here Friday for one more week before leaving this area and heading north to try again to see the Grand Canyon.

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