Aug. 30, 2015: Memorial in Walker, California, for three crewmen, killed in a 2002 C-130 air tanker crash during a brush fire. On June 17, 2002, the C-130 suffered an in-flight structural failure killing Steve Wass, Craig LaBare, and Mike Davis. For years, passing fire-fighters left shirts and other mementos at the site. A new memorial at the site was dedicated in August 2019,
Aug. 27, 2015: A twelve-foot-tall bust of Abraham Lincoln overlooks Interstate 80 near Laramie, Wyoming. The 1959 statue by Robert Russin sits on a 30-foot-tall granite pedestal at the Summit Rest Area on Interstate 80 east of Laramie, Wyoming.
May 13, 1983: An instructor adds gasoline to fire during a Ventura County Fire Department training burn. The training class of 20 students ended the 7th week of their 12-week course by burning down an old structure in the future Wood Ranch section of Simi Valley. The former home, slated for demolition, instead was offered to the fire department for training.
August 19, 2015: The closed Fort Courage Trading Post on Route 66 in Houck, Arizona. Fort Courage opened in the late 1960s piggybacking on the success of the comedy TV-show "F-Troop." Fort Courage closed in 2014. On May 17, 2020, three suspects were arrested following an arson fire that damaged a portion of Fort Courage.
I just completed this series of portraits honoring five Jack in the Box Antenna Balls that retired after riding on my vehicles in the 1990s. I got the idea from the recent Thousand Oaks Photo Group zoom meeting with Matt Kloskowski on texture backgrounds. Thanks TOPG and Matt for the excellent instruction.
July 4, 1986: The annual Westlake Yacht Club "Around the Island Race" has one major obstacle: the La Venta Road bridge. Entrants must lower sails or tip over their crafts while navigating under the bridge.
August 19, 2015: Room number 16 at Wigwam Village Motel no. 6 in Holbrook, Arizona. The motel featuring concrete replicas of American Indian teepees opened in 1950. Adding to the Route 66 atmosphere are several 1960s era vehicles scattered around the property.
Aug. 17, 2015: Sign I appreciated in the Route 66 community of Seligman, Arizona. The village of about 500 serves as a major tourist stop near the Grand Canyon. During an average summer day - not this year - busloads of Grand Canyon tourists stop for a quick Route 66 experience. The gift shop operators especially appreciate the European tourists; they stock up on Route 66 merchandise.
February 19, 1983: Cartoonist Jack Bonestell as "Tumbleweed Jack" makes drawings for kids during the first-anniversary party of the Thousand Oaks Library. The 62,000 square foot library opened in 1982. A 2006 expansion added 22,000 square feet.
My thoughts on images past and present.