Apache Trail

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Pres. Theodore Roosevelt once referred to the Apache Trail as "one of the most spectacular best-worth-seeing sights of the world." The once narrow, ancient foot trail built as a supply road for the construction of Roosevelt Dam has now evolved into a state highway with majestic scenic vistas and historical grandeur. Even in the 1920s, the Southern Pacific Railroad touted this road as a "must-see side trip." Each year, thousands of people venture along the trail to take a step back in time and relish the breathtaking experience of this fabulous journey. The Fish Creek Hill section remains much as it was back in the early 1900s, a narrow one-vehicle passage on an extremely steep incline that drops 900 feet within a mile along the edge of a steep cliff. Although several miles of the road are now paved, dirt portions remain that allow tourists a sense of perilous adventure.
ISBN: 9780738558622
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Arizona
Series: Images of America
Images: 211
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
As a former Arizona Department of Transportation district highway engineer in Globe, author Richard L. Powers managed a significant portion of the Apache Trail for many years. In this volume, he illustrates the trail's fascinating history with more than 200 vintage images gathered from such sources as the Superstition Mountain Historical Society, the Gila County Historical Society Museum, the Salt River Project, the Bureau of Reclamation, and private collections.
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