Shady Dell, Vintage Trailers camp


A few miles from Mexican border, Bisbee is, today, a quiet little town in the south of Arizona.

The copper mining company, the"Copper Queen Mine", made it wealthy at the beginning of the last century, especially during world war one, and like many others american South West boom towns, its mining industry closed its doors in the 50's, leaving this town, estimated born in 1880, in a lethargic state.

Until the 60's, because of the drop down of real estate prices, the town got gradually repopulated by drop outs looking for quietness away from big cities.

I recommend you to visit the town.... of course , but especially what attracted my attention: The Shady Dell Trailer Park.

This place is a real decor whorthy of the 50's. At the entrance, the "Dot's" diner (1957) is as beautiful as the first day.... and the trailers... (a dozen) among them: an "Airfloat" Spartan, (1957) particularly impressed me by its size and inside decoration, but as well by its genuine gold anodized body work.
Airstreams , of course , AND.... as well,.... a 38' Christ-Craft and a 1947 Airporter bus are available for rent.

"Built in the 1950s by the pride of Wichita Kansas, The Valentine Manufacturing Company, this authentic diner was originally purchased by John Hart in 1957 and delivered to the corner of Ventura and Topanga Canyon Blvd in Los Angeles. The diner was transported by flatbed truck to the Shady Dell in November, 1996".



Motart said...

Very Nice

VonSontag said...

Bon ça y'est, j'en veux une. Je ne saurai pas où la ranger, je déteste le camping, mais j'en veux une. Pas merci, Vincent ;-)

untitled motorcycles said...

My wife and I stayed here 6 years ago and it was excellent. It's a great little town full of weekend Hog riders and their dogs.

jcb said...

que de nostalgie.
tout cela est vraiment très sympat.
dommage que ce pays soit si éloigné du notre.
tu avais raison Vincent,nous n'avons qu'une envie c'est d'y retourner.
heureusement de temps en temps tu nous ressort quelques images et hop c'est reparti.
a+ bjc.

Anonymous said...

My wife and I stayed here on our honeymoon back in '98.

It was the most. So is she.

Boopster said...

Thanks for all the great photos and a walk down memory lane. My family stayed at many a "trailer lodge" during our 1960's summer travels, mostly in a 1967 Airstream Overlander. Before that we had a Kenwood trailer and our FIRST trailer was a Fireball.