During our camping trip in Gila Bend last weekend I discovered that the town actually had a Route 66 vibe to it. We camped there again this weekend and yesterday morning I took a solo journey to photograph some of it. Here are some of the characters I met:
These gentleman were just settling in for a siesta while their horses took a drink.
Mama Bear watched over her brood with a sign pinned to her chest that read, ‘I’m not for sale but my children are.’
The Stone Turtles were meeting for their morning meditation. They were quite the stoic lot!
In addition to these characters I saw a few photo ops that included a few old hotels. Gila Bend has always been a stop along the way for people heading to San Diego or Tucson. More modern highways have been built but there are few treasures still standing.
I stopped to visit Stout’s Hotel. No one was around but a little dog that barked at me through a chain link fence. I think he would have killed me with kisses if given the chance. A sign in the window gave the history of this hotel. It was built in 1927 and was called the ‘Gem of The Desert’. Movie stars would stop there on their way to Tucson to film the old westerns. I love places like these.
Here is a better view of the sign. I love that it boasts air conditioning and steam heat. Given the extreme temps here I’m sure many travelers saw this as a good selling point back in the day.
Here is the last hotel that I stopped at. It was built probably in the 1950s. Given that there are so many chain hotels around, it was neat to see one of these older models still in operation.
That concludes my tour of Gila Bend. I do have some desert photos I’ll be posting later though. So much beauty that I can barely stand it!