Fred's Diner, the entrance to Bedrock City and the chock-a-block gift shop/coffee bar - bedrock04x
Bedrock City, Arizona. Fred's Diner, and cheapo tourist gift shop. December 1, 2007.
Located on a broad, flat, desolate plain to the south of the Grand Canyon, Bedrock City was built in 1972 (with a sister version near Mount Rushmore), as a combination kitschy tourist stop and campground. And aside from the garish, brightly-colored touch-up paint, the theme park is showing all of its thirty-plus years of the ravages of the harsh Arizona weather. A couple dozen squat, sturdy, shaped concrete buildings forming the town of Bedrock, with assorted kiddie rides, like a dinosaur slide and go-kart track. An interesting example of tourist-Americana of a bygone era, and equally amazing that it is still puttering along after all these years. For more information, see the Roadside America entry on Bedrock City. An absolute must-see if you're the kind of person to keep an eye out for the next Stuckey's on the side of the highway, or always on the lookout for the occasional Muffler Man.
Photo #4 of 50 of my 'Bedrock City, Arizona' photoset.