With the exception of the post card from Bisbee these photos are from the Mohave Museum of History and Arts in Kingman.
Fig Springs Station was located on Route 66 a few miles from the eastern slope of the Black Mountains. When Jack Rittenhouse made his fact finding drive along Route 66 in the 1940s the station was abandoned.
When we moved to this part of the country in 1966 the station was gone having burned years before. Still, there were extensive ruins of which the most notable was a play house built as an exact replica of the station. Today concrete slabs and the fuel island are all that remain.
Photographs as well as post cards are more than mere time capsules, they are portals into a moment long past. As such they are truly priceless treasures.
Look at the detail of the Oatman photo taken about 1938. The glory days of the mines was over but the realignment of Route 66 was more than a decade in the future so the community still had a vitality. You may click on the photos to enlarge.
The Bisbee post card is post marked 1941. By this time the town had shaken off the wild and wooly frontier era and had settled into the comfortable roll of prosperous, rock solid community with a future.
This has long been one of my favorite haunts. As such it will be profiled in detail in my forthcoming book, Ghost Towns of the Southwest. It will also be where we will celebrate our 25Th anniversary and, maybe, someday call home.
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