Back Then: Two Guns has colorful past

2012-05-28T05:00:00Z Back Then: Two Guns has colorful pastMALCOLM MACKEY Arizona Daily Sun
May 28, 2012 5:00 am  • 

In the 1950s, travelers driving on Highway 66 (now Interstate 40) between Flagstaff and Winslow passed by the Two Guns Trading Post. Back then, the trading post was only a wide spot on the road supporting two gas pumps and a zoo. The Two Guns Post "aimed at" (pun) selling Indian pawn, food and entertainment (zoo) and tickets to the DEATH CAVE and another deadly doin'. (The later confirmed by an epitaph in the Winslow cemetery.)

The Two Guns zoo was simply a number of stone pens holding live animals. The tops of the cages had several layers of chicken wire, nothing as sophisticated as iron bars but the chicken wire allowed people walking between the cages to look down on the animals. That Trading Post was the second or third building, each Post owner was forced to relocate his business every time the highway was moved to another location.

In the '50s, Two Guns had a very imaginative owner. He erected a large billboard near the Post. Painted yellow with black letters the sign stated, "TWO GUNS SITE OF THE 1999 WORLDS FAIR." Yes, the Worlds Fair! (If you believe that, I've got a bridge over Rio De Flag I'll sell you real cheap.)

Several years ago, I put an ad in the Sun offering a reward to anyone who would loan me a photograph or postcard of that sign. No takers.

Today (2012), roadside signs and an interchange bridge notify the travelers of Two Guns and in the background the sign MOUNTAIN LIONS painted on a building. In 2010, a long-abandoned Shell service station, a vandalized house trailer and KOA campground building were the last indications of faded dreams of the most recent owners of Two Guns.

Is Two Guns cursed by the violent death(s) of one or more humans?

Only Two Guns knows.

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