The Camels are Coming!

Thanks to the generosity of the Petrified Forest National Park, Doug Baum will bring his Texas Camel Corps to the Winslow Visitors Center/Hubbell Trading Post, 523 West Second Street, on Monday, September 17, 2018, from 11 am to 4 pm. Special demonstrations will take place at 11 am,  12:30 pm, 2 pm, and 3:30 pm, when attendees can interact with live camels and find out about their history in the area along the Beale Wagon Road.

In 1857, Lt. Edward F. Beale established the Beale Wagon Road, a popular pioneer trail during the 1860s and 1870s that passed through the future townsite of Winslow. As illustrated the above painting by Winslow artist Joseph Cruz Rodriguez, Beale famously used camels during his expeditions in the semiarid West. The animals ate desert grasses and were faster and stronger than horses, but the experiment did not result in their permanent use.

Call 928-524-6228 x276 to find out about available grants for transportation to and from Winslow schools. Program partners also include the Winslow Chamber of Commerce, the City of Winslow, and the Old Trails Museum. We hope to see you there!


History Highlights: OTM’s Seasonal Program Series

The Old Trails Museum’s quarterly program series, History Highlights, features local and regional historical topics. Visit our History Highlights page for details and images of all the speakers, exhibits, and programs that OTM has presented so far.

In conjunction with a Mid-Summer’s Day in Winslow on Saturday, August 11, the Old Trails Museum offers its 2018 Summer History Highlight at 2 pm at La Posada Hotel, 303 East Second Street. Using historical memoirs and photographs, Dr. Barbara Jaquay will explore Arizona’s sheep industry in her free presentation of Sheep Ranchers and Herders of Arizona.

Above: Michel O’Haco tending his flock north of Phoenix in 1912. His grandchildren still operate the O’Haco Cattle Company. (Courtesy of Kim O’Haco McReynolds)

The 2018 Fall History Highlight, Arizona’s First Meteorite Man: H.H. Nininger by Kenneth Zoll, Executive Director of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center in Camp Verde, will take place on Thursday, October 11, at 5 pm at the Winslow Visitors Center/Hubbell Trading Post, 523 West Second Street.


Winslow Antiques Appraisal Fair

The 2018 Winslow Antiques Appraisal Fair took place on Saturday, July 14, from 10 am to 4 pm at the Winslow Visitors Center/Hubbell Trading Post, 523 West Second Street. Sean Morton of Morton Appraisals in Scottsdale brought his expertise back to Winslow so residents could have their historic items identified and appraised. Participants scheduled their one-on-one appointments with Morton by calling OTM at 928-289-5861 by Thursday, July 12. The charge for the first appraised item was $15 and for the second item is $5. OTM will present the Winslow Antiques Appraisal Fair again in summer 2019 as a service to the community; the event is not a fundraiser and the charge is only to cover costs. We hope to see you there!


HighDesertFlyIn-LogoOriginal.JPEGHigh Desert Fly-In of Winslow, Arizona

OTM partners on the High Desert Fly-In, a free annual event when residents, tourists, and pilots from around the country are invited to Winslow’s historic airport to enjoy airplanes, history, food, and more. For information about the 2018 High Desert Fly-In Fly and Back in Time Gala on October 13, 2018, go to the High Desert Fly-In website and Facebook page. At the 2014 event, OTM debuted the Flying through History: The Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airport exhibit, which tells the airport’s story from its celebrated beginnings through the present day.