When planning the new interstate, the town of Two Guns was given it’s own exit. Things were looking up!
But then in 1971, just as the interstate was nearing completion, the entire town of Two Guns was destroyed by a fire.
It was sometime during this time period that the KOA campground was built. Two Guns was going to resurrected again.
I was not able to find any information at all about this campground other than this old vintage postcard. The campground itself seems to have been abandoned in the early 80’s. Right about the time the interstate came through and Route 66 became history.
In 1992 , Howard Armstrong purchased the land, intending to restore it to the tourist attraction it had once been. Unfortunately, he died three years later from a stroke.
The land fell into disrepair. Vandals took anything of value, and graffiti artists left their marks on the modern structures on the property.
Curiously, they left the older stone buildings untouched.
We wandered the property carefully, keeping our eyes out for rattlesnakes and vagrants. Fortunately, the property seemed safe enough for a few photos.
Jimmy Solinger, the last caretaker of Two Guns lived in a trailer onsite in the late 1990’s. According to my research, he was very strict about keeping trespassers off the land.
He committed suicide in 2000. Another tragedy to add to the town’s dark history.
Today the town is a sad reminder of a torrid past.
If you are in the area, just west of Winslow along Interstate 40, take a short detour and check out this historic area. Beware of snakes, drifters, broken glass, and especially the Two Guns curse.
This place photographs best in the early morning and at sunset, but make sure you leave before dark.