Whew huh? What a batch of photos in Part 1 above.
Or did you just skip Part 1 above and come directly here to actually see Cool Springs, Arizona.
Here is the post card that I sent to YOU!
COOL SPRINGS, ARIZONA.
Below are a few links about Cool Springs for you to look over.
If one day you opt to visit Cool Springs Station, do it during the daylight hours. Historic US Route 66 is very twisty and winding and you will go over Sitgreaves Pass (El 3,550) that you saw in Part 1 above. The views are very nice and not-to-be-missed.
In my opinion, you are all-in, or you are not all-in, as to the experience of Oatman, Arizona. IF you are all-in, you look-past the very touristy reality of Oatman, and see it as an amazing and fun adventure as you mingle with mining history and the tame (wild) burros.
This very same attitude applies to the Cool Springs Station, 8275 Oatman Road, Oatman, AZ. As you saw in Part 1, going West from Kingman, AZ, you take Exit 44 off I-40 West, then drive 10 miles West on Historic Route 66 and on your right will be the Cool Springs Station.
The other option is to first visit Oatman as you drive East from AZ Hwy 95 or North on the Oatman-Topock Hwy off I-40. After visiting Oatman, continue East towards Kingman, AZ, and go about 9 miles over Sitgreaves Pass (El. 3,550) to the Cool Springs Station on your left.
Cool Springs Station has a fun museum and a gift shop with some snack-food and cold drinks along with some other items outside that you will see below.
IF you are all-in, Cool Spings Station is just the greatest. If you are all-in, you see the outhouse-portapotty-restroom for the fun spoof that it is. By-the-way, the outhouse-portapotty-restroom has a wash basin and soap as well as actual running water to wash your hands. If you aren't all-in, then just motor on past because it is a tad touristy. I wonder, don't the kind people who have restored this property have to somehow scratch out a living selling various touristy items? By the way, they also sell (my opinion of course) a very nice selection of quality items too. There is a jewelry / rock stand on the property too. Across the road is a small picnic area and a path leading to the top of a scenic mesa.
Cool Springs Station may, or may not be open, at any given time. We have been here three times seeing it closed and also very open and welcoming. I did not meet Cheryl, although Patti met her inside in the museum/gift shop. Ray is an absolute hoot, very pleasant and fun to interact with.
As with all of life, Cool Springs Station is exactly what-you-make-it. Patti and I loved it.
And now (taa daa) some photos of ..
COOL SPRINGS, ARIZONA
Yes indeed, it is located on Historic Route 66. In early August of 1958, driving West from Westfield, New York, with my then new bride, heading to Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base, we had to have driven through Cool Springs.
I wish I could say that I remember passing through Cool Springs but I've no memory of it whatsoever. We did a lot of night driving because of the August heat.
Below are our photos of Cool Springs, Arizona. You will note that the owner refers to his property as Cool Springs Station. The station would apply to the (now defunct) Mobil Oil Gasoline Station.
Now let's go inside of the Cool Springs Station and see its Museum and shop.
Back outside we go. I said above that outside there are some other items outside.
THE AUTO JUNK YARD.
ROCKS FOR SALE AND ON DISPLAY
THE 1940 BUICK STRAIGHT EIGHT
Don't ask me why I caught the arrival of this antique historic Buick Straight Eight but, as it arrived, I began snapping photos.
For all I knew, it was just going to drive on past Cool Springs Station heading for Kingman.
But it did not pass us, instead it pulled into the Station.
Now here is what surprised me the most. Crazy Ray, the owner and head honcho of Cool Springs Station, came out to photograph the Buick.
And, while Crazy Ray came out of his property to take the above photo..
I grabbed him for a few photos that Patti snapped.
How about that ! I can forever say that I got a photo with Crazy Ray of the Cool Springs Station.
And now YOU know The Rest Of The Story behind YOUR Post Card.
Smiling at another great memory as Patti and I travel along the highways and the byways of our world.
Cap and Patti