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Location DB > United States > Arizona > Two Guns > Two Guns
Two Guns
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created by n8wood on 3/4/2006 3:22 PM
last modified by Emperor Wang on 8/21/2018 1:46 AM
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A gas station with a great gimmick. The pumps and garage overlook Diablo Canyon, which lies about 50 yards to the south. Sometime during the Great Depression, the proprietor of Two Guns made his audacious bid for immortality by appending to his gas station a zoo, stocked with mountain lions, panthers, bobcats and other man-eating creatures. Their "cages" were huge kiln-like structures of brick, mortar and chicken wire, built along the rim and north wall of the canyon. Today the entire complex is in ruins.
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Type: Outdoors
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
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Two Guns, Arizona
United States
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  •  Hazards
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  • unsafe flooring
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    This site includes different types of abandonments. A gas station, a mobile home, an old gift shop, an outlying bathroom, a utility shed, two cylindrical structures with cowboys painted on them, a pool area, an old Route 66 bridge, and a zoo area surrounding Diablo Canyon. At the bottom of the canyon lies the entrance to a cave, which is the site of a massacre of Apache raiders by Navajo warriors.
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    About thirty miles east of Flagstaff, Arizona, is the historic ghost town of Two Guns. The area that would become Two Guns started as a site of major confrontation between the Navajos and the Apaches in the 19th century. In 1880 the land just to the south of Two Guns would become home to the town of Canyon Diablo, which would become a ghost town before Two Guns was even born.

    When the white settlers began to populate the area, they recognized that it was an ideal place to Cross Canyon Diablo – first by wagon, then later by motor cars. The town was originally called "Canyon Lodge" when the National Trail Highway moved westward. Later when the Trail was re-named Route 66, the town’s name was changed to Two Guns, after a local resident named Henry E. Miller, who called himself "Two Gun Miller."

    Reportedly, Miller was an eccentric hermit who lived in a cave in nearby Canyon Diablo and was hostile to visitors. He was also said to be wild and violent. Another report says that he owned the service facilities in the town and that was the reason for using his name.

    In any case, Two Guns became one of many tourist stops along Route 66 with a gas station, over night accommodations, a cafe, and a souvenir shop for the many travelers of the Mother Road. Later a “zoo” was added to the popular tourist stop which included mountain lions, panthers, and bobcats. Their "cages" were huge kiln-like structures of brick, mortar and chicken wire, built along the rim and north wall of the canyon.

    After I-40 bypassed Two Guns, it like so many other popular Route 66 stops, died a quick death. Although numerous resuscitations have been attempted for Two Guns, it still sits lonely and abandoned today.

    At the site are the remains of the old bridge that crossed Canyon Diablo when it was part of the National Trail and Route 66. The ruins of the old zoo can still be seen, as well as several abandoned buildings.

    Two Guns is off of I-40 at exit 230 between Flagstaff, and Meteor City. After exiting, turn left, cross I-40 towards the site.
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    February 2006
    Sun, Feb 26th, 2006
    posted by n8wood
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    My Kicks on Route 66
    Tue, Dec 12th, 2006
    posted by Jonsered
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    Summer 2015
    Sat, Sep 26th, 2015
    posted by Morbidskull
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    Two Gunz - 2017
    Mon, Nov 13th, 2017
    posted by lonewolf34
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    2022 trip
    Tue, Dec 20th, 2022
    posted by Reverend Hearse
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 12/20/2022 5:14 PM.

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  • on Nov 13 17 at 15:19, lonewolf34 updated gallery Two Gunz - 2017
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