Road Trip Through California, Arizona & New Mexico 1930s 1940s ~ Classic Video



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From the Prelinger Archives at Archive.org ~ A trip through the Southwestern United States sometime during the 1930s or 1940s. Here’s the description

Includes: Mount Wilson sign; road to Mount Wilson; “The Huntington” hotel or resort scenes, somewhere in Los Angeles or the West; desert cacti and plants; sign: “Apache Trail Junction Ahead”; San Francisco skyline seen from Fairmont Hotel tower, with windowwasher cleaning window in foreground; Petrified Forest; Painted Desert; Indian Village; U.S. Highway 66 Association promotional sign; Trading Post; Old Albuquerque; New Mexico State Line sign

Note: Time marks noted are from description on Prellinger Archives are not entirely accurate, but in the ballpark. Roam around the video and you’ll find all the sights mentioned. It’s worth the effort.

Amateur home movie footage of San Francisco late 1930s

21:00:51:06 VS California coastline along Pacific Coast Highway 1 approaching what looks like Rocky Creek Bridge near Monterey heading toward San Francisco; rocky coastline, sea otters basking on the rocks; middle-aged 1930s woman standing on rocks on edge of surf.

21:02:59:08 High-angle shots looking down over San Francisco toward Ghiradelli Square as seen from Nob Hill area, Alcatraz visible in the bay; LS the Bay Bridge; Coit Tower

21:03:28:23 Great shot from inside building of window cleaner hanging outside of building wiping window; high-angle shot pan shot of

21:03:49:17 Great shot of window cleaner hanging by harness cleaning window, shot from inside building facing window cleaner.

21:04:40:01 CU New Mexico State Line sign; blue sky dotted with white clouds, great color; CU sign “Isleta Indian Curio”, LS of decaying adobe storefront, VS New Mexican adobe structures, adobe church, VS poor New Mexican village and villagers.

21:05:51:00 Little native-American girl in flowery dress with dark black hair and bangs walks toward camera over dirt street lined with adobe walls, little girls holds a White doll under her arm.

21:05:55:07 CU painted sign on adobe wall “Old Albuquerque Post Office”; LS pan over post office.

21:06:09:19 Woman bends down and holds out hand to poor little native-American boy, little boy runs away, then comes back and takes object from woman’s hand.

21:06:26:14 Covered wagon with painted sign “Continental Trading Post / Continental Divide / Elevation 7263 Feet”

21:06:42:18 Great shot two 1930s cars, one red the other blue driving desert road; billboard with painting of the Grand Canyon and text “The Arizona Unit U.S. Highway 66 Ass’n. Presents: World’s Mightiest Spectacle Grand Canyon of Arizona; Northern Arizona Greets You”; large native-American mural with two figures man and woman standing between a plant, very colorful and geometrical; LS painted sigh “Indian Village” in front of adobe house; CU sign for the Petrified Forest National Monument; VS the Painted Desert; VS petrified wood, old man with white hair explores huge logs of petrified wood.

21:11:22:04 LS sign “Apache Trail Junction Ahead”; VS along the Apache Trail

21:12:37:26 VS with great color; desert tree with bright yellow flowers; CU VS desert cactus and cactus flowers.

21:15:08:28 Art deco sign for “The Huntington”, possibly for the Huntington Hotel in San Francisco, pan down to street with 1930s cars; VS around the pool of a fancy hotel possibly the Huntington Hotel.

21:18:40:21 VS man feeding carrots to a deer; sign for Mt. Wilson; two metal towers with shiny metal domes peaking out from behind pine trees; CU silver metal dome; VS from car driving down mountain from Mt. Hood passing 1930s cars driving uphill in other direction.

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HOLIDAY 1940s TRAVELOGUE by SANTA FE RAILROAD 44214



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The Santa Fe Railroad (Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway), in conjunction with Dudley Pictures Corporation, presented the viewer with this color film, “Southern California Holiday.” Dating to the 1950s, the picture illustrates the theme of vacationing in sunny Southern California and using the Santa Fe railroad system to travel there. Narrated by voice actor Art Gilmore, the film opens with a Santa Fe train speeding down the track at mark 00:45 as the audience is told, “In all the world, there is probably no single area holding so much charm and beauty and the good things of life than Southern California.” What follows is a nearly non-stop presentation of the Golden State. Starting with Los Angeles, Gilmore explains how the “thrill of Southern California is in the air.” The viewer is treated to the “vast, seething metropolitan city” as cars race down uncongested freeways on their way to downtown LA, where they can take advantage of shopping or visit the Los Angeles Mission, shown at mark 01:33, or the familiar City Hall, shown at mark 01:40. The “Miracle Mile” of Wilshire Boulevard is up next, “one of Los Angeles’ most modern and important shopping centers before seeing shots of the famed Brown Derby Restaurant and the Ambassador Hotel, as well as the Griffith Park Observatory where “even for as deep a subject as astronomy, there are always keenly interested visitors day and night.”

At mark 03:10 we are taken to Forest Lawn Memorial Park, where visitors come to admire the landscaped grounds, walkways, churches, and chapels (not to mention the final resting place of countless celebrities), followed by the Huntington Library. At mark 04:10 the viewer sees the famed Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood, and we catch glimpses of the celebrated handprints and footprints of stars such as Gary Cooper, Shirley Temple, and Nelson Eddy, before visiting the headquarters of NBC and CBS starting at mark 04:47, and then the Hollywood Bowl, with a sunrise Easter service shown at mark 06:00.

“One of the more interesting aspects of Hollywood is the motion picture industry,” Gilmore tells the audience, as we see the exterior of RKO Radio Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Republic Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer Studios. “Every line of business in the area benefits either directly or indirectly from the picture industry,” the audience is told. Scenes from the Sunset Strip and purveyors of maps to the stars’ homes follows, as do scenes of the unique architecture of Beverly Hills and at mark 08:15 a stop at the landmark Beverly Hills Hotel and Miramar Hotel. A polo field developed by humorist Will Rogers is next at mark 08:47, followed by a tribute to the state’s many golf courses and a visit to the University of California at Los Angeles.

Catalina Island, sailboating on the Pacific Ocean, and tanning on the beaches are contrasted with ski slopes just a few hours away, as Gilmore touts California as a haven for fans of warm or cold weather activities. Hopalong Cassidy visits a citrus fair at mark 13:00 while audiences later cram into the Los Angeles County Fair, enjoy horse racing at Hollywood Park and Santa Anita Park, or tour one of the state’s many missions.

“In the past brief quarter of a century, Southern California, aided mightily by the essential cooperation of the railroad, has undergone a truly awe-inspiring growth in its industrial life,” Gilmore continues at mark 17:25, stressing the state’s role as a manufacturer of automobile tires, “to keep the wheels of America turning.” Stockyards, oil drilling, chemical factories, steel foundries, and aircraft manufacturing are also key parts Southern California economy, as is tourism, especially to areas like La Jolla and San Diego. Among the latter’s many attractions — San Diego Zoo, which is shown at mark 20:45 as giraffes, elephants, and bears “smile” for the camera.

And just a “stone’s throw” away from San Diego … Tijuana, Mexico … “warm, typically Latin, and friendly to call,” the viewer is told at mark 22:27. “Tijuana is a colorful border town devoted to gayety.” Back in the USA, the film encourages visitors to Palm Springs, where such entertainers as Jerry Colonna and Leo Carrillo (of “The Cisco Kid” fame) are shown celebrating “Circus Week.” At mark 23:56, the viewer is reintroduced to the convenience of Santa Fe as “shining rails speed the traveler through this colorful panorama to New Year’s Day in Pasadena” and Tournament of Roses parade — just one more of the treasures of Southern California, “a land of sunshine and happiness, proudly and happily served by Santa Fe.”

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1940s TUCSON ARIZONA HOME MOVIES #1 SAN XAVIER MISSION 20764



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These 1940s home movies show Tucson Arizona and environs. The movie was shot during a 4-H youth organization convention. At the 1 minute mark you will see the San Xavier del Bac mission, with the 4H’rs arriving by bus from the University of Arizona. At the 2:45 mark are images of a swimming pool at the University of Arizona, followed by campus scenes. At the 7 minute mark students are seen giving presentations.

The 4-H name represents four personal development areas of focus for the organization: head, heart, hands, and health. The organization has over 6.5 million members in the United States, from ages 5 to 21, in approximately 90,000 clubs.

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Great Salt Lake & Salt Lake City, Utah (Desert Empire) ~ 1938 Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad



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‘Railroad tour through the state of Utah, stopping off at many natural attractions and in Salt Lake City…’ Also covers Great Salt Lake, Ogden, and grain and sheep farming.

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Salt Lake City, often shortened to Salt Lake or SLC, is the capital and the most populous city of the U.S. state of Utah. With an estimated population of 189,314 in 2012, the city lies in the core of the Salt Lake City metropolitan area, which has a total population of 1,175,905. Salt Lake City is further situated in a larger urban area known as the Wasatch Front, which has a population of 2,328,299. It is one of only two major urban areas in the Great Basin (the other being Reno, Nevada), and the largest in the Intermountain West.

The city was founded in 1847 by Brigham Young, Isaac Morley, George Washington Bradley and several other Mormon followers, who extensively irrigated and cultivated the arid valley. Due to its proximity to the Great Salt Lake, the city was originally named “Great Salt Lake City”—the word “great” was dropped from the official name in 1868 by the 17th Utah Territorial Legislature. Although Salt Lake City is still home to the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), less than half the population of Salt Lake City proper are members of the LDS Church today.

Immigration of international LDS members, mining booms, and the construction of the first transcontinental railroad initially brought economic growth, and the city was nicknamed the Crossroads of the West. It was traversed by the Lincoln Highway, the first transcontinental highway, in 1913, and presently two major cross-country freeways, I-15 and I-80, intersect in the city. Salt Lake City has since developed a strong outdoor recreation tourist industry based primarily on skiing, and hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics. It is the industrial banking center of the United States…

The Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad (reporting mark DRGW), often shortened to Rio Grande or D&RGW, formerly the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, was a U.S. railroad company. The railroad started as a narrow gauge line running south from Denver, Colorado in 1870. It served mainly as a transcontinental bridge line between Denver, and Salt Lake City, Utah. The Rio Grande was also a major origin of coal and mineral traffic.

In 1988, the Rio Grande’s parent corporation, Rio Grande Industries, purchased Southern Pacific Transportation Company, and as the result of a merger, the larger Southern Pacific Railroad name was chosen for identity. Today, most former D&RGW main lines are owned and operated by the Union Pacific Railroad; several branch lines are now operated as heritage railways by various companies.

The Rio Grande was the epitome of mountain railroading, with a motto of Through the Rockies, not around them and later Main line through the Rockies, both referring to the Rocky Mountains. The D&RGW operated the highest mainline rail line in the United States, over the 10,240 feet (3,120 m) Tennessee Pass in Colorado, and the famed routes through the Moffat Tunnel and the Royal Gorge. At its height, around 1890, the D&RG had the largest operating narrow gauge railroad network in North America. Known for its independence, the D&RGW operated the last private intercity passenger train in the United States, the Rio Grande Zephyr.

At the end of 1970 it operated 1,903 miles (3,063 km) of road on 3,227 miles (5,193 km) of track; that year it carried 7733 ton-miles of revenue freight and 21 million passenger-miles…

HOME MOVIE 1940s TRIP TO BISBEE & PHOENIX ARIZONA 61484



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This silent 16mm home movie shot in the 1940s starts with images of the Copper Queen Mine in Bisbee, Arizona at :29. You will also see images of the town of Bisbee including the Copper Queen Hotel at :41. At 1:31, the film appears to show the road to Douglas, Arizona with its gigantic copper smelter. The smokestack can be seen at 2:20. At 2:27 are leeching ponds for copper substrates. At 2:59, the filmmaker takes a drive up into the hills of Bisbee to a scenic outlook, and shoots the Lavender Pit. At 4:17 some of the mine’s apparatus is shown including hoists. At 6:00 a cattle ranch is seen. At 7:50, part of Central Avenue in Phoenix is shown, with a couple of churches including the First Church of Christ at 9:00. At 9:13 the Westward Ho Hotel is seen. At 9:20 a rodeo is shown. At 11:40 a citrus grove is seen with a tractor being run to till the soil. At 12:20 a cactus forest is seen in the desert. At 12:41 a sign for the Apache Trail is seen. The Apache Trail in Arizona was a stagecoach trail that ran through the Superstition Mountains. It was named the Apache Trail after the Apache Indians who originally used this trail to move through the Superstition Mountains.

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Ghost Story, Haunted Historic Building, former Church, Movie Theater



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Kingman AZ, March 24, 2012. Do you believe in haunted houses, buildings, hotels, theaters, mines, etc? I went into this business, the Boston Antiques and Collectibles place in downtown Kingman the other day, totally unaware of the stories that it was haunted, so bear with me as I did the report in a bit of an awkward fashion. I was expecting something like this.

According to Dennis the owner, about a year and a half ago a Ghost / Paranormal investigation team came out and spent a night in the place, having documented that the place was haunted. Reportedly 3 ghosts are known to be at the location, a woman, a man (projectionist of the former theater), and a little girl that has been seen with a bag of popcorn.

I did alittle research into the history of the place, actual dates differing according to who’s telling the stories, first having been Lang’s Theater around 1931, Henry Lang the owner at the time. Then around 1939 the place becomes the State Theater which served downtown Kingman Arizona from that time till around the late 1970s. I couldn’t find anything about the place being a church, but Dennis testified that it was at one time.

If you all like these types of stories or investigations, send me a message, and I might be willing to get into this a bit more, as it’s always been a fascination of mine since I was a kid. I saw George4title (g4t) cover a few of these type of stories, and of course many other people have given their personal testimonies of paranormal experiences online, around youtube and such.

Good day everyone, the Mark Allen Channel.

California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada: “Far Western States” 1942 ERPI Classroom Films



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“Resources and growth of the Far West.”

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California (kæləˈfɔrnjə/) is a state located on the West Coast of the United States. It is the most populous U.S. state, and the third most extensive (after Alaska and Texas). It is home to the nation’s second and sixth largest census statistical areas (Greater Los Angeles area and San Francisco Bay Area, respectively), and eight of the nation’s 50 most populated cities (Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, Long Beach, and Oakland). The capital city is Sacramento.

California’s diverse geography ranges from the Pacific Coast in the west, to the Sierra Nevada mountains in the east — from the Redwood–Douglas-fir forests of the northwest, to the Mojave Desert areas in the southeast. The center of the state is dominated by Central Valley, a major agricultural area. California contains both the highest and lowest points in the contiguous United States (Mount Whitney and Death Valley), and has the 3rd longest coastline of all states (after Alaska and Florida). Earthquakes are a common occurrence due to the state’s location along the Pacific Ring of Fire: about 37,000 are recorded annually…

Oregon (ɔrɨɡən/ ORR-ə-gən) is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It is located on the Pacific coast, with Washington to the north, California to the south, Nevada on the southeast and Idaho to the east. The Columbia and Snake rivers delineate much of Oregon’s northern and eastern boundaries, respectively. The area was inhabited by many indigenous tribes before the arrival of traders, explorers, and settlers who formed an autonomous government in Oregon Country in 1843. The Oregon Territory was created in 1848, and Oregon became the 33rd state on February 14, 1859…

Washington (wɒʃɪŋtən/) is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States located north of Oregon, west of Idaho and south of the Canadian province of British Columbia, on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. Washington was carved out of the western part of Washington Territory which had been ceded by Britain in 1846 by the Oregon Treaty as settlement of the Oregon Boundary Dispute. It was admitted to the Union as the 42nd state in 1889…

Nevada (nəˈvædə/) is a state in the western, mountain west, and southwestern regions of the United States. Nevada is the 7th most extensive, the 35th most populous, and the 9th least densely populated of the 50 United States. Over two-thirds of Nevada’s people live in one single county, Clark County, which contains the Las Vegas–Paradise metropolitan area, where the state’s three largest incorporated cities are located. Nevada’s capital is Carson City. Nevada is officially known as the “Silver State” due to the importance of silver to its history and economy. It is also known as the “Battle Born State” because it achieved statehood during the Civil War and the “Sagebrush State” for the native eponymous plant…

1940s TOUR OF CALIFORNIA MISSIONS JUNIPERO SERRA CATHOLIC CHURCHES 42844



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Made in the 1940s by Phi E. Cantonwine, “Bells of the Past” takes a charming and idealized look at California’s missions. The legacy of Father Junipero Serra is discussed.

The Spanish missions in California comprise a series of 21 religious outposts; established by Catholic priests of the Franciscan order between 1769 and 1833, to expand Christianity among the Native Americans northwards into what is today the U.S. state of California. San Diego’s mission is shown at 1:15, Mission San Luis Rey de Francia is shown at 2:00, and San Juan Capistrano at 2:15, including ruins at 2:44, San Gabriel mission at 2:50. San Fernando mission is seen at 4:00, and San Buenaventura at 4:30, Santa Inez at 5:00. At 6:00, Mission La Purísima Concepción. San Luis Obispo is seen at 7:30. San Antonio de Padua is seen at 8:30. At 9:00, the ruins of the Soledad mission are seen. At 9:27, the San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo mission is seen, where Junipero Serra is buried.

Junípero Serra y Ferrer, O.F.M., (November 24, 1713 – August 28, 1784) was a Roman Catholic Spanish priest and friar of the Franciscan Order who founded a mission in Baja California and the first nine of 21 Spanish missions in California from San Diego to San Francisco, in what was then Alta California in the Province of Las Californias, New Spain.

Serra was beatified by Pope John Paul II on 25 September 1988 in Vatican City. Pope Francis canonized him on 23 September 2015, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., during his first visit to the United States. Because of Serra’s recorded acts of piety combined with his missionary efforts, he was granted the posthumous title Apostle of California. Up the Camino Real the San Juan Baptista missions and Santa Clara missions are seen at the 10:30 mark. San Jose de Guadalupe is seen at 11:00. Mission San Francisco is seen at 11:20, also known as Mission Dolores — considered the most beautiful of all missions. San Francisco Solano is seen at 11:40 and Sonoma, completes this journey through the “Bells of the Past”.

The declaration of Serra as a Catholic saint by the Holy See was controversial with some Native Americans who criticize Serra’s treatment of their ancestors and associate him with the suppression of their culture.

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35 – Surviving the Great Alaska Earthquake



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It was Good Friday 1964 and Felton was getting ready to go to a children’s play at church when he felt the force of a “megathrust” 9.2 earthquake. He describes trees and utility poles swaying, the ground rippling and the destruction it wrought. But his church, though without power, water or gas, was still standing and they were able to hold Easter services there the following Sunday.