Ash Fork (Images of America Series)

Overview


The tiny community of Ash Fork lies on the juniper-studded hills some 15 miles west of Bill Williams Mountain. Founded in 1882 when the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad was laying tracks for a transcontinental railroad, Ash Fork became an important rail junction by 1895 when another new line was built, this one south to Phoenix. The storied Route 66 opened in 1926 and U.S. Highway 89 not long after, making Ash Fork the most important link between Northern and Southern Arizona by both rail and highway. By the ...
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Overview


The tiny community of Ash Fork lies on the juniper-studded hills some 15 miles west of Bill Williams Mountain. Founded in 1882 when the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad was laying tracks for a transcontinental railroad, Ash Fork became an important rail junction by 1895 when another new line was built, this one south to Phoenix. The storied Route 66 opened in 1926 and U.S. Highway 89 not long after, making Ash Fork the most important link between Northern and Southern Arizona by both rail and highway. By the mid-20th century, however, rail routes changed and Interstate 40 opened a half-mile south of town, stopping overnight the flow of traffic through Ash Fork. While many residents were forced to leave, those who remained stubbornly refused to concede defeat. As the new century dawned, the citizens of Ash Fork had developed a new community spirit and hopes for a brighter future.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738548326
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 3/27/2008
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 127
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author


Marshall Trimble grew up in Ash Fork during the golden years of the rails and Route 66. He began his career as an Arizona native folk singer during the 1960s, and today he is the official Arizona state historian and the author of more than 20 books. Trimble has taught Arizona history for more than 35 years and is one of the state's most popular and sought-after performers and convention speakers.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     6
Introduction     7
Destiny Road: The Great Camel Experiment     9
Santa Fe All the Way: The Arrival of the Railroad     15
The Early Years: A Town is Born     31
The Escalante Hotel: Fred Harvey's Crown Jewel     43
Biscuit Shooters: The Harvey Girls     53
High, Wide, and Handsome: Cattle Country     57
The Mother Road: Route 66     65
Boomtown to Bust: The 1920s to the 1970s     73
Rock Doodlers: The Flagstone Capital of the World     109
A Town Too Tough to Die: Ash Fork Today     115
Bibliography     126
About the Author     126
Index     127
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