August 11, 2023
Got some cool stuff going on with the reprise of the "66 Kids" book.
As all the fans of Bobby Troupe's famous rock 'n' roll ditty, "Route 66" know, the lyrics, "Flagstaff Arizona, don't forget Winona" refers to a small spot in the road, on old Route 66, east of Flagstaff. And here's the actual Winona back in the day.
I asked online if anybody knows if Winona was named for an actual person? Well, two gents—Dennis Blake and Charles Quinton—offered these explanations.
Speaking of old Route 66, one of my Kingman compadres is coming by the studio tomorrow to pick up a painting he commissioned me to create over ten years ago. Yes, it took me that long to get around to finishing it, but here is the finished piece for the honorable Toby Orr.
Decade Long Whip Out:
"Beale's Camel Corp Entering What Became Known as Railroad Pass In Mohave County"
And here is the actual scene, taken a couple months ago when I was in Kingman for Bud Linn's funeral.
The Hualapais and Railroad Pass
So, I asked my Kingman historian amigo, Jim Hinckley, who exactly named the pass and here is what he told me.
"On page 95 of Lt. Joseph Christmas Ives report there is a Hartley map with the designation R.R. Pass. The report entry dated March 30, 1858 reads, 'The next day, after proceeding one or two miles along the pass which was first like a canyon, then a regular pass, we emerged from the Cerbat range. We called it Railroad Pass.'"
See, it really pays to know historians who have statues erected of them in Kingman.
Jim Hinckley And His Statue
at the Kingman Train Station
A Satisfied Art Patron
Becky Weber ordered an art print of "Mickey Free Stares Into The Abyss" a painting I did about ten years ago for a proposed Mickey Free graphic novel that I still want to publish. She framed it for her husband's birthday and sent me this photo of it in her studio, along with a very nice note.