TN127: Hotel Beale in Kingman Arizona in September 1941.

TN127 Hotel Beale in Kingman, AZ 1941

This restoration is one of my oldest color slides, September 1941. Attributable to its age, it was very dark & muted & also slightly out of focus which made it a bear to realign.

This restoration from September 1941 features the Hotel Beale in Kingman, Arizona as seen from the intersection of 4th & US Route 66 (E. Andy Devine Hwy). The cars in the lower right of the photo are parked in the ATSF railroad depot parking lot.

The Beale Hotel was built in 1900 and acquired in 1906 by Tom Devine, father of western actor Andy Devine. The hotel prospered for decades serving passengers of the Santa Fe Railroad & later tourists that traveled the famed Route 66.

The Beale hotel still stands though closed for approximately the last 20 years & in an advanced state of disrepair. The Kingman Buffet bldg and those to the right of it have been demolished.


RR060: Louisville & Nashville 4-8-2 Steam Locomotive – 1927.

RR060 L&N Steam Locomotive & tender No 409

This restored image shows Louisville & Nashville Railroad’s 4-8-2, No. 409 steam locomotive stopped in a yard in 1927.

This Class L-1″Mountain” was one of 16 built in 1926 by Baldwin Locomotive Works for L&N & delivered that same year.

These locomotives had 27 x 30 cylinders, 70″ drivers, a boiler pressure of 200 psi and exerted 53,900 lbs of tractive effort. Each locomotive weighed 334,240 pounds.

None of the 16 L&N “Mountains” exist today.

TN166: Downtown Medford Oregon circa 1925.

TN166 Main & Riverside Intersection in Medford, OR

Shown in this restoration from the original glass plate negative is the intersection of Main & Riverside (crossstreet) in Medford, OR circa 1925.

Hubbard Bros. hardware store is on the left, The white building on the right is the Sparta Building, entered on the National Historic Register in 1992 and restored.

SS562: Airship SS AKRON approaching Camp Kearny, CA – May 1932.

SS562 USS AKRON (ZR-4) at San Diego CA 1932

This restored view is of the US rigid airship AKRON (ZR-4) approaching the field at Camp Kearny, near San Diego, California on May 11, 1932.

The 785-foot long airship was commissioned by the US Navy on October 27, 1931. The ship virtually spent her entire career on tasks exploring the potential of the ship as a naval reconnaissance system.

On May 8, 1932, the ship left Lakehurst, New Jersey on a “Coast-to-Coast” run to the American West Coast with a final destination of Sunnyvale, CA.  The ship arrived at Camp Kearny on the morning of May 11th.

As the ship was preparing to dock, four navy line-handlers were pulled into the air when the helium gas in the airship, which had been warmed by the sun created a sudden lift and the ship suddenly rose up.  One man let go at about 20 feet off the ground suffering a broken arm but the other three held on and rose with the ship.  Two of the linemen lost their grip approximately 200 feet up and plunged to their deaths.  The last man managed to tie himself into the line & was eventually brought into the ship.  The ship later in the day was moored to the mast.

On April 4, 1933, shortly after midnight in a severe storm off the New Jersey coast, the AKRON crashed stern-first into the sea. Only three of 76 men aboard survived. The site of the wreck is preserved as a National Historic Landmark.

SS856: Washington State Ferry SPOKANE near Seattle, WA – 1992.

SS856 Seattle ferry SPOKANE nearing Seattle

This restoration shows the Washington State Jumbo Class ferry SPOKANE nearing the ferry docks in the waning hours of daylight at Seattle in 1992.

The 440 foot SPOKANE was built by Todd Shipyards in Seattle at a cost of $17.7 million & launched on April 14, 1972 She made her first commuter run on February 24, 1973.

The ferry has a beam of 87 feet & drafts 18 feet. From four diesel-electric engines she generates 11,500hp & has a service speed of 18 knots (20mph). She has two car decks with a total capacity for 188 vehicles. Her maximum capacity for passengers is 2000.

The ferry is still in service in Puget Sound running on the Edmonds-Kingston, WA route.

The name SPOKANE derives from an Eastern Washington Native tribe and translates to “Children of the Sun or Sun People.”

SS844: Cunard Liner MAURETANIA (2) docked at New York – 1956.

Mauretania Close-up at New York Pier

In this photo restoration, Cunard’s MAURETANIA (2) is tied-up at the dock at New York in 1956.

Built in 1939, the 772 foot ship was designed to be somewhat similar to the Queen Elizabeth in appearance. She made her maiden voyage on June 17, 1939 from Liverpool to New York.

In August of 1939, she was requisitioned by the British government, repainted in wartime grey, armed & in December, sent to America & held in a three month lay up until March 1940 when she sailed for Sydney for full conversion to a troopship.

Her WW2 troopship duties included travelling 540,000 miles carrying over 340,000 troops.

She was released back to Cunard for commercial service on Sept. 2, 1946 & after a complete overhaul, made her first postwar run to New York on April 26, 1947.

Her annual overhaul in 1957 saw the addition of air conditioning throughout the ship.

The 1960’s brought the advancement of airline travel which severely reduced the need for Trans-Atlantic ships..especially older ships like MAURETANIA. In October 1962, her hull was painted a pale green and she was placed on cruising runs primarily in the Mediterranean which proved unprofitable.

MAURETANIA made her final voyage on September 15, 1965, a Mediterranean cruise from New York. At the completion of that voyage she returned to Southampton where she was sold to British Iron & Steel Corporation.

On November 20, 1965 she sailed under her own power for the shipbreaking yard at Inverkeithing Scotland.

LS478: Cape Perpetua West Observation Shelter on Oregon Coast – Oct. 1958.

LS472 Cape Perpetua Lookout Oregon 1958.jpg

This restoration offers a view of the West Shelter Observation area at Cape Perpetua Oregon, about three miles south of Yachats on the central Oregon coastline. The image is from October 1958.

The cape was named by Captain James Cook on March 7, 1778, as he searched for the Pacific entrance to a Northwest Passage. Cook named the cape Perpetua because it was discovered on St. Perpetua’s Day.

The lookout was built in 1933 by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) on a high steep bluff above the ocean.  At its highest point, Cape Perpetua rises to over 800 feet above sea level.  From its crest, and on a clear day, a person can see about 70 miles of Oregon coastline and as far as 37 miles out to sea.

During World War II, the shelter was utilized as a coastal watch station.

Today, it still stands as a peaceful area of reflection & contemplation in the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area of the Siuslaw National Forest.

The shelter was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 17, 1989.

SS882: Puget Sound Steamship VERONA Passing Colman Dock, Seattle, WA – c1930.

SS862 Puget Sound Steamdhip VERONA at Seattle

This restoration from the original glass negative shows the little Puget Sound passenger steamship VERONA outbound, passing by Colman Dock in Seattle, WA circa 1930.

The VERONA was a ship of the Puget Sound Mosquito fleet, a group of small passenger ships that navigated around the sound before the ferry systems were established.

The 112 foot VERONA was built in 1910 in Dockton, Washington. She had a beam of 22 feet & a depth of just over 7 feet. She was owned by Union Navigation Co. until 1923, when the ship was sold to Kitsap County Transportation Co.

The VERONA was one of two ships engaged in a deadly engagement known as the “Everett Massacre.” The Everett Massacre (also known as Bloody Sunday) was an armed confrontation between local authorities and members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) union, commonly called “Wobblies”. It took place in Everett, Washington on Sunday, November 5, 1916.

On that date, about 300 members of the IWW met at the IWW hall in Seattle and then marched down to the docks where they boarded the steamers VERONA and CALISTA which then headed north to Everett.

Verona arrived at Everett before Calista and as they approached the dock in the early afternoon, someone on board threw a line over a bollard on the dock as a Sheriff McRae stepped forward and drew his pistol. Telling them he was the sheriff & that he was enforcing the law, McRae said they couldn’t land there. There was a silence, then a Wobbly came up to the front and yelled out “the hell we can’t.” Just then a single shot rang out, followed by about ten minutes of intense gunfire. Most of it came from the vigilantes on the dock, but some fire came from the Verona, although the majority of the passengers were unarmed.

Whether the first shot came from boat or dock was never determined. Passengers aboard the Verona rushed to the opposite side of the ship, nearly capsizing the vessel. The ship’s rail broke as a result and a number of passengers were ejected into the water, some drowned as a result but how many is not known, or whether persons who’d been shot also went overboard. Over 175 bullets pierced the pilot house alone, and the captain of the Verona, Chance Wiman, was only able to avoid being shot by ducking behind the ship’s safe. Once the ship righted herself somewhat after the near-capsize, some slack came on the bowline, and Engineer Shellgren put the engines hard astern, parting the line, and enabling the steamer to escape. Out in the harbor, Captain Wiman warned off the approaching Calista and then raced back to Seattle.

After repairs, the ship was returned to service & continued to operate in the Sound until 1936. After completing her last night run from Bainbridge Island on January 10, 1936, she caught fire resulting in the ship becoming a total loss.