ROUTE 66 – HARD TIMES (#1) [For Joe Failk]

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The American Southwest is a harsh environment. And that is where you will find Oatman.

We wonder why anyone would live there.

I drove up the hillside for a look at the “residential district.” This and the following upload are a very small sample.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

36 responses

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (13 Oct 2010):

    Well done, Dick! Is this that stretch of highway between Hoover Dam and Kingman, AZ?

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (13 Oct 2010):

    Thanks, Don.

    This part of Route 66 is between Kingman and Needles, California. You are thinking of U.S. 93 between Kingman and Hoover Dam, which is, itself, an iconic stretch of road!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (13 Oct 2010):

    Nice set of photos.

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (13 Oct 2010):

    Wow...... sad reality. Great photos though!

  • Loree McComb

    Loree McComb   gave props (13 Oct 2010):

    Hard times indeed

  • Prasanna Kundu

    Prasanna Kundu gave props (13 Oct 2010):

    Fantastic Images and a Great Collage!!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (13 Oct 2010):

    Fabulous capture of the hardscrabble life of the people in that area. I imagine, given the state of the economy, that they have little choice!

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio gave props (13 Oct 2010):


  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (13 Oct 2010):

    Fantastic captures of extremely interesting places.... I love Loretta Lynn, and I've been watching some of the miners "come up" today. Great compilation for our friend, Joe. !

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (13 Oct 2010):

    Wonderful shots, Richard! These should bring us to our knees, and make us realize more than ever how fortunate we are. I have been on these roads, and they remind me of the hollows in Eastern Kentucky...some of them at least. I have been watching the miners come up and have been very touched!! What a great day this is for them!!! Thanks for once again showing us more of our beloved America!!!

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt   gave props (13 Oct 2010):

    That is sad. The little rock fences are odd. Thanks for sharing Richard.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (13 Oct 2010):

    sad,,make a great collage though,,Coal Miner's Daughter,,an old fave...

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (13 Oct 2010):

    Oh my goodness! Everyday we must count our blessings. Richard you have put together a wonderful collage of the backwater of this place. Its good to bring it to light...and each image is so special in its own right.

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (13 Oct 2010):

    unusual and beautifully captured! LOVE IT!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (13 Oct 2010):

    A candid look!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (13 Oct 2010):

    A harsh reality of life...that some people either buckle under because of their circumstances or they become stronger in spite of their hardships...

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (13 Oct 2010):

    An excellent and thought provoking collage.. this is such a difficult time for so many. And bravo to the miners in Chile who toughed it out! .. A very nice tribute.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (14 Oct 2010):

    Very sad, but beautifully captured. I'm most moved by the largest image. The owners of that house obviously make the best of their difficult circumstances. Love the splashes of red.

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (14 Oct 2010):

    Wow, incredible shots, Richard..I am enjoying your journey very much..

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (14 Oct 2010):

    they have the best place, free air, no smog. I think that is a good reason to live here. awesome collage, RV!

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   said (14 Oct 2010):

    great collage... sad how rt.66 ran down after the BIG hgw. were laid....

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (15 Oct 2010):

    It sure makes one count his blessings!

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (15 Oct 2010):

    A picture sure does paint a thousand..

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (15 Oct 2010):

    Wouldn't you love to see inside. It's probably fabulously decorated with antique furniture, persian carpets, maybe even a Van Gogh on the wall.

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (16 Oct 2010):

    I spent a year in a town like this!

  • Marco Martinez

    Marco Martinez gave props (17 Oct 2010):

    Your understanding of place and time is very acute, and it really comes together in your composites. I'm amazed at how consistent your photographs are in each composite: light, color, perspective.

  • peggy maguire

    peggy maguire said (17 Oct 2010):

    Very informative Dick,as usual the photo's are great and tell a story on their own!!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (18 Oct 2010):

    Hardscrabble coolness.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (18 Oct 2010):

    This defines poverty in America so well! I have to wonder why no one moves on in search of better surroundings. Judging by the looks of this place, almost anywhere would be better. Still it is a very interesting place.

  • Kaki J. Luitjens

    Kaki J. Luitjens said (19 Oct 2010):

    Oh, I am so jealous!! Want to do the Route 66 one day.

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (19 Oct 2010):

    Excellent shot!!

  • dana io

    dana io gave props (20 Oct 2010):

    Quite incredible... I hope we'll also get to see single images!

  • Gail Anderson

    Gail Anderson gave props (21 Oct 2010):

    great shots, Dick. This is life in the desert in many a small town. cobbled together "houses". it does make a person think about the blessing in their own life....

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (23 Oct 2010):

    It does look like a very sad place. Great series and I so love that song.

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (3 Nov 2010):

    Outstanding collage, Dick. Very informative and thought provoking, indeed...

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