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Picture A Day – 30 July 2009

I finally got paid tonight (direct deposit rules!!!) and so this will be the last “money saving” post, at least for a while :wink:

30 July 2009 - Where Dad grew up

30 July 2009 - Where Dad grew up

This picture is a couple of years old.  It was taken just north of Hackberry and just south of Valentine.

This is where Dad grew up.

It’s tough to see in this picture, even at full size, but there’s a stone hous to the right of that barn on the left.  It’s over by that hill.  That was Dad’s childhood home.

To get here, you go north on Route 66 about an hour from Kingman, AZ.  Cindy and I had set off on a weekend road trip to the Grand Canyon caverns and this just happened to be on the way.  Mom heard where we were going and Dad gave directions about where to look.

I really don’t think I had it all that bad in San Diego, but there seems to have been a whole lot more freedom back then.  Heck, Dad was left alone to run the place for a few weeks when he was only nine.  Kids rode their horses with a rifle in the saddle scabbard and all of them carried pocket knives.  Both of those were true for schools and there were no massacres.

I’m glad Dad grew up on a ranch in rural northern Arizona.  It was one of the reasons I turned out the way I did – able to think for myself.  If he’d have been a Kalifornia kid (I’m the only one of those in my family), I’d probably be even more screwed up in the head than I already am :P

I just thought I’d try to share something I think is really cool about my family history :)

Take care, y’all :mrgreen:

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2 comments to Picture A Day – 30 July 2009

  • Kath

    Wow!! It looks gorgeous. I grew up out in the country and us kids thought nothing of getting on your bike and going up the road — always told your parents where, but you went. And you were outside for hours and actually played outside. We had plenty of things to do around the house, but seemed like all summer we were outside.

    But don’t think I didn’t complain that we lived too far from friends, from school, from ev-ry-thing (insert teenage whining here). Hmm, some (!!) of the complaining stopped when they bought me a car and I drove everywhere.

  • Glenn Cassel AMH1(AW) USN RET

    I have dumped rock from a satellite train on the old Santa Fe(now BNSF) at both of those places. The Seligman Subdivision still follows what was Old Route 66 all the way from Gallup to Barstow. Some really awesome country to see!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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