Way Out West... way out on the road to nowhere
March 28, 2010
Southeast of Phoenix, AZ lies the small town of Fort Grant... the word town being loosely used because it consists of an abandoned airport and a State Prison. Fort Grant started life in 1860, becoming a US Army Fort, existing for a while as the State Industrial School For Wayward Boys and Girls (no, I'm not making that up: look it up) and finally ending up as a State Prison. It is one of the most isolated places I have ever been yet it lays claim to being home to Billy the Kid and Edgar Rice Burroughs!
Fort Grant is 38.4 miles from Safford, AZ and 21.7 miles of the road feels like The Desolate Road To Nowhere. Friday was a typical Arizona day that makes decent photography nigh on impossible; bright, bright sun without a cloud in the sky but a stiff wind kicking up dust (Arizona is 90% dust) so everything had kind of a bright brownish hazy tint.
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