Friday, September 23, 2016
Mildred Takes A Trip 3
It doesn't look like Mildred keeps her album in a nice, easy to follow format. In our first two posts, she bounced around from California, to Arizona, and back to California again. Her rambling ways continue with this post. The top photo makes some sense if she was, in fact, going between Arizona and the Pacific fleet at San Diego. To me, it looks a lot like the Imperial sand dunes, in California, right up against the Mexican border. The Algodones Dunes, to use the proper name, is a large sandy area that's pretty much on a straight line between Phoenix and San Diego. When these pictures were taken, I-80 wasn't even a dream in some road planers eye. There were a couple of recently paved roads (They replaced old fashioned plank roads.) and a Southern Pacific rail line that carried both freight and passengers. So why am I linking the Pacific coast and Phoenix? Well, there's no coast in Arizona, and the Pacific is the closest ocean, and that bottom photo, well that location I recognize. It's Roosevelt Dam (Theodore, not Franklin.) in the mountains north and east of Phoenix on the Salt River. It was started in 1902 and finished in 1915. On completion, it was the world's largest masonry dam, and Lake Roosevelt was the largest reservoir.
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