The test of an adventure is that when you are in the middle of it, you say to yourself, "Oh, now I've got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home." And the sign that something is wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure. -Thornton Wilder

The nice thing about being confused is you get a chance to notice things a lot better than if you knew where you were going.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Twin Arrows


Twin Arrows Trading Post east of Flagstaff, Arizona on old Route 66

Now what little boy could resist seeing these and not getting daddy to stop the car?
The arrow shafts were made from telephone poles.

When the Interstate came through they hung in as long as they could but eventually closed business in 1998

The Navajo Indian Reservation is building a huge Las Vegas style casino/resort across the Interstate from this old site, which they will call Twin Arrows Casino.  The 200 million dollar facility is nearing completion and they are now hiring.  Get your resumes in.


There are rumors that the Navajo plan to restore the trading post as a tourist attraction and Indian market place.  Then you can drive across the overpass and lose your money in their slot machines.
But your money is going to a good cause if the rumor is accurate, so play those one-armed bandits.



11 comments:

  1. an amazing place; the arrows are a great feature!

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  2. Indians and casinos, they have come from far. I like the tradingpost much more than a casino. Hope they will restore it.

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  3. I love the photos of those arrows! And the B&W treatment is very nice too...I do love a casino, but I am not a big player...usually the nickel machines! I did win a jackpot once in Atlantic City - 1800 nickels - $90. Was lots of fun when they started dropping out of the machine - much more fun than the paper scrip you get most other places!

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  4. The trading post seems a more honest endeavour than the casino - a sign of the times. When I was at school the maths teacher taught probability with the aid of a roulette wheel: the headmaster disapproved but it put me off casinos for life.

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  5. really great finds. love those arrows.

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  6. I'm surprised they hung in there until 1998. Must have been some place in its day.

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  7. Wonderful to see John... I would want to stop and have a look around as an adult.

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  8. wow I just really love that first shot. it has a whole lot of grit and grime and it's beautiful. I hope they do restore the place, but I'd like a bit of the peeling paint and grit left too. If the place is all shiny and purty then it just wouldn't have that nostalgic feel to it. The black and white shot is super too. Every time I go to a casino I lose my 25-buck allowance in the first ten minutes and then I'm bored and just want to get the heck out of there. Plus all the cigarette smoke is nasty nasty. Happy day to you and the little orange fur-ball.

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  9. I love this place. I always wished that someone would restore this wonderful place.

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  10. Once the casino is completed, the entire landscape will change. So glad you got some pictures before the end of the town as it is now. genie

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  11. They'd certainly have this little boy standing onthe breaks pretty quick for a photo. Seems like I'd be a good few years to late to grab a quick cup of tea while I was stopped.

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