Author of Images of America "Apache Trail"
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.
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.
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...
"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."
April 3, 2020 (6:30 pm)
Bullion Plaza Cultural Museum
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.
“A Century of Change – From Dusty Trails to Superhighways”
ARIZONA HISTORY CONVENTION 2020
April 16-18, 2020
Casino Del Sol
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.
Richard L. Powers, PE