Route 66 ran through Northern Arizona and when Highway 40 was constructed and Route 66 was bypassed by the new freeway, many places along 66 ended up dying. Two Guns is one of those places. If you take the exit from 40 for Two Guns now, it only goes to an old camp that was used by people traveling on Route 66. There is a town area, but can’t be reached by the current road. Today Two Guns is an historical ghost town.
Last week my husband and I drove up there to photograph the grafitti on what is left of the campgrounds. I have always been fascinated by graffiti and love to see how tag artists express themselves, but don’t embrace the destruction part of the process. I had seen photographs of the pool and parts of the grounds, but I was astonished by what I have never seen in photographs of Two Guns. The main building of the campground has been totally destroyed on the inside by the taggers and not just with the graffiti, but they have literally torn the place apart.
It’s quietly spooky up there in the middle of no where and includes a zoo that was created with brick buildings that are pretty much just ruins currently. We didn’t walk far enough to get into the ruins of animal cages, just the entrance.
In the next few days, some of my pictures will be available on KathyAnne Art. When the images are up, I will be posting on my Inside KathyAnne Art blog with information on how to access the images. A complete visual list of images will appear on Inside KathyAnne Art.