Marshall Trimble grew up in the small northern Arizona town of Ash Fork in the 1950s during the heyday of Route 66 and the Santa Fe Railroad. He writes town’s history with deep affection and still refers to it as his home town. “Ash Fork was so small,” he says, “that by the time the train pulled into town it was already out of town.” His family was so poor they used to “steal trash from the neighbors just so they would have something to put out on garbage collection.”

                In his homespun style Marshall writes about the Ash Fork’s beginnings as a railroad town on the Santa Fe mainline in the 1880s to its decline in the 1970s when Route 66 was closed, the railroad bypassed the town, the famous Harvey House was abandoned and demolished, and the business district burned in a fire and was never rebuilt.