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.