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Train Mural

Train Mural in Progress

We saw this on FecesBook® a couple of days ago, so The Better Half and I went down to the Library in Civic Center yesterday and she took this (clickable) image of the artist putting on some finishing touches to the mural. There is a lot of enthusiasm for this mural and a clamoring for more to be commissioned.

The subject is the Town’s landmark railroad engine, AT&SF No. 761 crossing the colorful desert. The link takes you to a post we made about a new paint job on the iconic static display on Railroad Street, just a few hundred yards from the mural, last November.

Lately, TBH and I have been getting more active in attending events around town, like the team steer roping and our likelihood of going to more events in the coming weeks. There is a “Cowgirl Up” art exhibit at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in town currently and we’re probably going to see that this next week.

Nostalgic Signage

Nostalgic Signage

The Better Half snapped this (clickable) image on our way back into town yesterday. One of the businesses near the south end of town on US 60 recently changed hands and yesterday we noticed the antique signage now on display on their building.

This coming week, TBH and I are planning to take in the annual Cowgirl Up art exhibit at the museum here in town and we just might mosey on down to this revised business afterwards to have a look around. We’ve lived here for several years and have yet to do the Cowgirl Art, so next week might be the time. Sort of like tourists in our own town.

We shopped in the old business a couple of years ago and TBH says that it looked like the new owners have improved things a bit. Maybe we can get a deal on some nostalgic stuff to add to our desert domicile.

Classics Around Town

A 30’s Classic A 60’s Classic

We enjoy several classic car shows here in Wickenburg every year. There is the February Classics when we have the Gold Rush Days Celebration, there is a Fly-in and classic cars event in October and there is a Classic show in December for the Cops Who Care Toys for Tots event.

In between the disciplined car showings, we also see classics being used and driven in and around town. Last week, we passed this clean 30’s classic on our way to do some shopping (above left) and today, we saw a clean 60’s classic on its way to the tax man (above right - both clickable images). We also see several classics around town in various stages of restoration and some others where, as far as we can tell, are just vintage but with no apparent restoration being done.

Red Classics

Red Classics

The Better Half and I went into old town today, where, on Frontier Street, the Classy Classics were again assembled. TBH took this (clickable) image of the “red end” of the display where the three classics were parked.

This weekend is “Gold Rush Days,” an annual event featuring the old cars on Friday and a parade and Senior Pro Rodeo on Saturday. Display booths and a carnival surround the Community Center all three days of the weekend.

We had an absolutely gorgeous day today with temperatures in the high sixties and low seventies. Unfortunately, however, there is a 50% chance of rain on the parade tomorrow.

TBH and I still plan to walk the quarter mile from our house down to the parade route in the morning but we will bring our umbrellas just in case.

A Classic Ford Stake Truck

Classic Ford Truck

I had my pickup into the local Ford dealer to have the oil changed and to get them to rotate and inflate the tires. The annunciator panel in the truck had been giving me a “low tire pressure” warning for a couple of days, so I thought it best to take it to the auto care center and resolve that.

While I waited for my truck to be finished, I went into the customer lounge where I found this beautiful, shiny old ford truck. Now, I can’t be sure due to the haziness of childhood recollections, but I think that I may have been loaded into the back of a similar truck to whisk a bunch of boys to summer camp. Yep - no seat belts, no air bags, just a bunch of boys in the back of the truck bed hanging on to the slats and enjoying every minute of the excursion.

Too bad that millennials and Gen Y kids have to be restrained like a bunch of fragile snowflakes, tied down like cargo. Buncha Bullshit, I say.

Classic Fire Engine

Classic Fire Engine

Toyz 4 Totz© and the local chapter of Cops Who Care® sponsored a classic car show at the Wickenburg Community Center today. We have probably posted many of the old classics here, but I can’t remember seeing this classic fire engine on display before.

The engine’s nickname, painted on the outside of the driver’s seat, is “Miss Kitty.” The hood on both sides is painted with the town’s name. I am intrigued with the engine-driven water pump in front of the radiator grille.

We saw many other classics, there was a little bazaar going on outside and a crafts sale and display inside the auditorium with pottery, jewelry, knick knacks and so forth. We enjoyed all this on a beautiful late fall day with blue skies and temperature near 70°

Clickable image.

Classic AT&SF Railroad Engine and Caboose

Restored Engine and Caboose

The Chamber of Commerce and the Town collaborated to paint and restore our classic Old 761 Engine and Caboose in Downtown Wickenburg earlier this year. The Better Half and I were out taking donated goods to a couple of charities near there, so we stopped along the road so she could capture this panoramic image of the old train. This is a quarter mile north of where the current BNSF tracks cross US 60. Clickable image.

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