Welcome to Richard L. Powers Website

Author & Historian

Author of Images of America "Apache Trail" 

 

 Arizona Historian

 

Richard L. Powers, P.E., is a longtime resident of Arizona and avid history buff with a keen interest in Arizona and local history. While working for the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) he became interested in Arizona's transportation history and has given presentations on this topic in addition to Arizona's Interstate Highways System history and the history of the Apache Trail a unique road, the subject of his popular book.

Rick's Bio

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APACHE TRAIL NOW AVAILABLE FOR YOUR IPAD OR IPHONE.

 

Description:

 

Pres. Theodore Roosevelt once referred to the Apache Trail as "one of the most spectacular best-worth-seeing sights of the world." The once narrow, ancient foot trail built as a supply road for the construction of Roosevelt Dam has now evolved into a state highway with majestic scenic vistas and historical grandeur. Even in the 1920s, the Southern Pacific Railroad touted this road as a "must-see side trip." Each year, thousands of people venture along the trail to take a step back in time and relish the breathtaking experience of this fabulous journey. The Fish Creek Hill section remains much as it was back in the early 1900s, a narrow one-vehicle passage on an extremely steep incline that drops 900 feet within a mile along the edge of a steep cliff. Although several miles of the road are now paved, dirt portions remain that allow tourists a sense of perilous adventure.

 

The iBookstore now has "Apache Trail" iBooks app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch or at iTunes Bookstore. If you do not have any of these applications, you can view the book listing in iTunes Preview by clicking on the link below, or by cutting and pasting the URL into your browser.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/isbn9781439620656

History of Arizona's Transportation System

Introduction to Arizona's Road Building History (Arizona Centennial Edition)

My book has been self published, and I am excited about my readers' encouragement. In commemoration of Arizona' centennial I have self published a 12-page booklet "Introduction to Arizona's Road Building History," click here for access to the preview booklet.  It is set up to be printed doubled sided and folded.  Enjoy this free centennial edition until I complete the full book.  Thanks...

CUSTOMER FEEDBACK:

Rick

 

"I really enjoyed reading your book over the weekend. It must have taken a great deal of effort to put together. I can see your passion weaving through it.

 

Great job. Now I can't wait to take a leisurely trip up 88 now that I have some background and history."

 

Happy Customer..........

5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK
Apache Trail (Images of America: Arizona) (Paperback)
 
EXCELLENT COVERAGE AND WRITING ABOUT THE AREA. THE PICTURES IN THE BOOK LET YOU RELIVE THE VISIT TO THIS HISTORIC AREA....

UPCOMING EVENTS

First Friday: The Oscar Lyons: Father/Son Road Pioneer

 

When

April 3, 2020  (6:30 pm)

Bullion Plaza Cultural Museum

 

What

Roadbuilding Pioneers presentation

 

Transportation historian Rick Powers gives us another great story, this time about a father and son from our area... the father helped build the first roads, and the son became an engineer and helped build the first highways.

First Friday programs are co-hosted by Gila County Historical Museum in Globe and Bullion Plaza Cultural Center & Museum in Miami. These programs are always free.

 

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“A Century of Change – From Dusty Trails to Superhighways”

ARIZONA HISTORY CONVENTION 2020

 

When

April 16-18, 2020
Casino Del Sol
Tucson, Arizona

 

What

The history of the Arizona’s highway system is an amazing story that transformed the state into the mega tourist
destination of today. When explorers first entered the territory, access was achieved by foot or horseback. There
were no paths or trails to follow, as more people started to visit the area, a series of dusty trails were worn into the
rugged ground. As time and technology advanced, so too did Arizona’s road system.

 

Who

Richard L. Powers, PE

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When

TBD

 

Where

 

 

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Gateway to the Copper Corridor - March 2015

Rim Country Article 1/14/2009
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