Thursday, January 29, 2009
The second annual Photo Fair was a big hit with many Phoenix natives eager to show their collections of Arizona history. We set up a table to sell the cookbook but the granola samples were better received than the book. I think everyone came to this event hungry and enjoyed the samples from page 196. It is a healthy snack with molasses, dates, raisins, dried apricots (my favorite), oats, coconut and assorted nuts with honey and brown sugar. Yumm. Great for an after school treat as well.
Pat Faur set up the cookbook table with Jeannine Moyle and Tobe Daum helping me through out the day. It turned out to be a good day with Richard Shaw purchasing many books for Rock Springs Cafe. Rock Springs has a long and colorful history as an Indian encampment, stage stop and watering hole for miners, drovers and sheephearders.
The first commercial use of the property was in 1920 when Ben Warner, built a canvas covered store during the time the adobe blocks for the new Hotel and General Store were made. This opened in 1924. The hotel housed some notable people as well as provided comfort to those traveling to the gold and silver mines in the Bradshaw Mountains. Jean Harlow was a guest at the hotel. The Goldwater Family, including Senator Barry Goldwater, were frequent visitors stopping to rest and savor some of Rock Springs' famous blackberry pie.