Monday, May 17, 2010

Day 1 – Cameron AZ

Travel Mileage Today 305
Total Miles 305
Miles To Go 9613

Traveling north towards Salt Lake, Idaho and Montana our first overnight stop is usually Cameron, AZ. This trip is no different. Actually Cameron is interesting and each time we stop here we learn something new about its history and the surrounding area. Click the link for a 1928 Tour of the Southwest by Dr. Loomis that includes Cameron area and Trading Post Note the Sway Back Bridge that was built over the Little Colorado River in 1911 and the old highway leading pass the Trading Post onto the bridge. The old bridge is still here; left unused replaced by a more modern bridge that services US Highway 89. 

Today the Cameron Trading Post is owned by the people who work it; many of whom have had their roots in the area for generations. The president of the company is himself descended from the original founders, maintaining the philosophy of hospitality and respect evident in the operation of Cameron Trading Post today.

The last time we were here with our friends from Sweden, Raija’s classmate and her son, we used the Cameron RV Park as a base camp for visiting the Grand Canyon.

The video of modern day Cameron is below. I took it today after we arrived. I am not sure if the old bridge is the original. If it is, it must have been updated some. The day was overcast and I was somewhat tried after today’s drive plus the background noise was rather high. Anyway it, I have to get better at taking movies and learn more about the editing software.

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