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Arizona Chainsaw Massacre?
These two pictures were from the first visit.
Sharon and managed to find a couple of abandoned structures after photographing a cemetery in Laveen, AZ. We took pictures of this place the last time we visited the cemetery and just had to see it again. We thought someone may be living there, but we were not sure. The place looked abandoned with a stray cat wandering around. We parked in the front driveway near the gate. In the back area was a human-like figure on a wood cross. We thought it was creepy, and with the bright/colorful sun behind it, it looked more menacing. We took several pictures using our zoom to be able to get a closer look. We are pretty sure it was part of their decorations for Halloween, but we could be 100% positive. The figure looked like a real person. The whole scene reminded me of the movie "Texas Chainsaw Massacre". I was sure Leatherface was going to come running out and chase us with a chainsaw, but luckily he didn't. After getting home and further examining the figure, we came to the conclusion it was a Halloween decoration or scarecrow and not a real person. Whew, I am glad it wasn't a crime scene, haha!
Immersed in the Hereford’s history in Eagar, AZ, sits the 26 Bar Ranch.It was first known as the Milky Way Ranch in the 1940’s with its big white show barn which housed many Hereford cattle.The barn is now a local landmark.In 1964 the ranch became the 26 Bar Ranch or John Wayne’s Ranch, who was one of the owners.Wayne, along with Ken Reafsnyder and Louis Johnson, his business partners, kept the ranch until John Wayne’s death in 1979 from lung and stomach cancer. Lately, I have heard rumors that Bigfoot has been seen near the ranch.I don’t know if that is true or not, but it would be worth checking out.
There are many strange stories in the Arizona files. One that is told is about the mummy found in the desert near Gila Bend nicknamed “Sylvester”. Many believe that he once was a 19th century cowboy, a con that loved to play cards. Stories are told that he finally got caught cheating and was shot in the stomach. He made a hasty exit while bleeding profusely from his wound. He got as far as Arizona’s Gila Bend desert when he fell off his horse and died face down in the sweltering heat. Shortly afterwards, he was covered by the blowing sands, which appeared to have dried his body overnight. This apparently preserved his body resulting in the mummified form he was found in.
The more believable story was that he was found shortly after death and preserved in a high level of arsenic. Arsenic was used to stop the physical occurrences of a corpse rotting by killing bacteria and insects that invaded it. This custom of using arsenic was found to be poisonous by the 1900’s and never used again…
“Glen and Bessie Hyde
were newlyweds who disappeared while attempting to run the rapids of the
Colorado River through Grand Canyon, Arizona in 1928. Had they succeeded, Bessie would have been
the first documented woman in history to do so.”(Wikipedia)
Glen Rollin Hyde was born on December 9, 1898 in Twin Falls,
Idaho. He was a farmer and on occasions would
go river rafting on the Salmon and Snake Rivers in Idaho. While traveling on a passenger ship to
California in 1927, he met Bessie.
Bessie Louise Haley was born on December 29, 1905 in West Virginia. She was an art student, worked in a bookstore
and loved to write poetry. When they met,
Bessie was still married to her first husband.
The day after her divorce was final, April 12, 1928, the two got
Even though Bessie had never done any river rafting and Glen
was a semi-pro at it, he wanted them to spend their honeymoon traveling down
the Colorado River inside the Grand Canyon in his homemade twenty foot wooden racing