Nature Is Reclaiming This One Abandoned Arizona Spot And It’s Actually Amazing

The desert reclaims its space differently when compared to other environments. The process is slower and oftentimes less telling than, say, forests and jungles. Instead of discovering buildings hidden behind layers of ferns, moss, and other overgrowth, the desert lays everything bare to the elements. The sun dries, the wind softens edges, and water slowly washes away evidence of human activity.

Arizona has many examples of abandoned areas that are experiencing this reclamation right now but today we’re going to take a look at an abandoned trading post that once was a popular stop along Route 66: Two Guns.

Located halfway between Flagstaff and Winslow along the old Route 66, Two Guns started its life as a trading post called Canyon Lodge near Canyon Diablo and was pretty isolated at the time. That didn’t last long though; Route 66 grew popular during the 1920s and 1930s, which drove travelers straight into this stretch of highway.

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The Remnants Of This Abandoned Dog Track In Arizona Are Hauntingly Beautiful

Abandoned places are all over Arizona. We have ghost towns, centuries-old ruins, and plenty examples of urban decay scattered throughout our cities and towns. While some people may find these to be eye sores and evidence of pending criminal activity, I like to think of them as signs of where life once was and, in some cases, where it continues to thrive.

Not long ago, we looked at the old abandoned trading post, Two Guns, and how nature reclaims things a little differently in the desert than in traditionally humid, foliage-rich areas. Here’s another example of a commercial building that once housed an array of emotions—excitement, anger, frustration, joy—for a decade and a half.

The Black Canyon City Greyhound Park is just barely visible from the southbound lanes of Interstate 17, a white rectangle sitting against the dark hills on the north side of town. At one point, it was obviously this place once acted as a dog racing track. Large, bold letters reading “DOG TRACK,” then “DOG RACK,” and “DOG CRACK” were displayed against the highway side of the building before finally being removed completely.

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Arizona protesters stage blockade before Trump rally

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On Saturday, March 19, a coalition of Valley residents staged a nonviolent protest of Donald Trump’s latest presidential rally in Fountain Hills. This included a blockade that shut down portions of Shea Boulevard for approximately two hours, which backed up traffic for several miles along the street and State Route 87.

The blockade also attracted a raucous crowd of protesters, Trump supporters, and even curious residents. Protesters parked vehicles blocking all lanes along Shea Boulevard leading to the rally at Fountain Park in Fountain Hills.

Within minutes, angry residents and Trump supporters confronted protesters, repeatedly shouting at them to “get off the road” and to “go home.” One supporter yelled at protesters, “you are the racists, you are the problem.” Local police and deputies from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office eventually arrived on scene.

One Trump supporter who did not want to identify herself stated that she felt the blockade denied her her rights and inconvenienced residents.

“It’s prevented me my right to be able to have my opinion,” she said. “It’s prevented everybody who’s trying to pass, whether they’re for Trump or against Trump from having an opinion because [the protesters] want to be able to force it down people’s throats.”

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Phoenix-based group informs parents about Native youth drug use

The Phoenix-based Urban Indian Coalition presented a workshop on Feb. 24 at the Mesa Public Library about prescription drug abuse among Native youth. This was presented as part of an ongoing educational series for parents and community members on how to work with Native youth.

LorenAshley Buford, who heads the coalition through the Phoenix Indian Center, stated that prescription drug abuse is on the rise nationwide and Native youth are particularly vulnerable.

According to surveys, more than 20% of all Native high school sophomores in Maricopa County reported misusing a prescription drug, which is 6% higher than the average for all youth in the county. The same report also mentioned that 1 in 5 youth were introduced to prescription drug abuse in elementary school.

Buford, who is Seminole, stated that often parents don’t initiate conversations about drug abuse until children become teenagers and less than half of all Native parents have a conversation with their children about substance abuse.

“It’s become a passion of mine to really speak out and [help parents] have those difficult conversations,” Buford said. “It’s important to know that this isn’t just happening to ‘just my cousin’ or ‘just my auntie,’ but it’s happening to a lot of people.”

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ASU student calls out McCain on Oak Flat and water dealings

United States Senator John McCain is finding it increasingly difficult to avoid his critics these days. On Feb. 19, Arizona State University graduate student Laura Medina called out the senator on his environmental policies during a lecture at the university’s downtown Phoenix campus.

In a video released on YouTube, Medina confronted McCain as he was leaving the lecture, asking him for a few minutes to address his track record on issues that affect Arizona’s Indigenous peoples. This included a question about the proposed open pit mining at Oak Flat campground near Superior. McCain, however, did not respond to her request and exited the building flanked by campus police.

Medina, who is Ojibwe and a graduate student in ASU’s American Indian Studies program, stated that she felt it is important to openly question and critique politicians despite how others may view the action as disrespectful.

“It’s about letting them and the people know they are doing something wrong,” Medina said in an interview with the Navajo Post. “I know a lot of people see [criticism] as just anger and that we should just mind our own business. No one likes the angry Indian. But for me, I feel that if we continue to do nothing, politicians will continue to do these things without consequences.”

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The Ultimate Terrifying Arizona Road Trip Is Right Here – And You’ll Want To Do It

There’s no denying that Arizona’s roads were made for road trips. Our state has long stretches of highway and many of them are often quite empty at any given time of day, which makes travel and exploration both personal and fun. But you know what would make that travel even more exciting? A themed road trip. That is why I put together this:

Now, am I going to guarantee that you will have some kind of horror movie experience during this road trip? No, and I honestly hope you don’t experience that. However, this is a trip through rural parts of Arizona that are abandoned, haunted and dilapidated, so at the very least you are bound to experience some eerie feelings. Plus, a significant portion of this trip is along the Apache Trail (Route 88), which is notorious for its white knuckle drive.

Pack up some water, snacks, hiking gear, and an overnight bag and check out the recommended stops along the way. You can even access the map by clicking on this link here. Feel free to omit a couple of stops, especially if you are unable to hike.

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These Abandoned Domes In Arizona Are Strange Yet Fascinating

Arizona is pretty well-known for being home to ruins and ghost towns. Review any “Things to do in Arizona” list and you will find plenty of recommendations for abandoned places to roam and explore. But what about those places that are off limits, the ones with the large “No Trespassing” signs spread out every fifty feet down a barbed wire fence? Today, we’re going to look at one such place: the domes at Casa Grande.

A quick search for the place on Google maps elicits a view of what appears to be a broken caterpillar resting in pieces along a series of small washes. A round head sits next to pieces of a thorax and abdomen strewn behind it, as well as ghosted outlines for where other parts could have or, in this case, should have sat.

As with any strange, long abandoned area, assumptions and rumors abound for possible origins of the structures. Everyone has their own story, ranging from alleged hauntings to the perfect site for cult happenings to smuggling and trafficking activity. In truth, though, the domes have a much more humble story.