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Some People Travel Highways To Their Destinations, But We Travel Historical Thruways To Ours.

Posted on March 14, 2014 at 12:45 AM

 Some People Travel Highways To Their Destinations, But We Travel Historical Thruways To Ours.

Taking a road trip to Safford, Arizona to visit the Roper Lake State Park over Spring Break seemed like it was enough fun in and of itself, but as you may have heard, "It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey", and in our case this is the perfect statement. After heading out east towards The Roper Lake State Park, I knew we would be taking a familiar route most of the way and had an idea to make the car ride a little more meaningful than ‘just’ a car ride, by instead make it a thruway for some Arizona history.

First Stop: Picket Post Mountain Historical Marker Superior, Arizona

The Marker Inscription,

"A landmark and lookout point during Indian wars, site of outpost of Camp Pinal which was located at head of Stoneman Grade to the east. Soldiers protected Pinal City and the Silver King Mine from Apache raiders. It was the home of Col. William Boyce Thompson, mining magnate and founder of the southwest arboretum at the foot of the mountain."


Next Up: Melvin Jones International Memorial Historical Site

Fort Thomas, Arizona

The Marker Inscription, 

“ Melvin Jones Was Born On January 13, 1879, Near This Site In Fort Thomas. He Lived Here For The First Eight Years Of His Life, During The Indian Wars Here. In 1917, Melvin Jones Formed Lions Club International With 20 Delegates Representing 27 Clubs In The United States. There Are Now Lions Clubs Through Out The World, Providing Improved Vision And Hearing To Thousands Of People Each Year.”

The site was designated in March 2006 as a historical landmark. A museum housing Lions memorabilia is situated nearby.

Additional notes from Lions Club International

Third Stop: First Home of Eastern Arizona College Historical Marker

The Marker Inscription,

“First home of the present Eastern Arizona College was Central's red-brick churchhouse located just north of this marker. Founded December 1890 The many-named school moved the next year to Thatcher.”

Addtional Notes made by the EAC, EAC History

Maybe your next road trip can be a historical thruway for your family. It’s really not as boring as it’s made out to be.

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