Friday, November 20, 2009

FMTSO - My Town's Premier Attraction

Ok, I'm aware that my picture is nothing spectacular. I actually just took it with my phone, and was trying to snap the shot fast enough in the parking lot of my work before the owner of the car ran out and said, "Hey, what are you doing to my car!?" I can't imagine telling him that I am in a photography "club" (what are we exactly?) and I needed a picture of a Goodyear tire.

Anyway, let me tie my picture into my town. I live in Goodyear, AZ. We're located about 45 minutes southwest of Phoenix. Whenever I tell people the name of my city, they sarcastically make a comment about Goodyear tires. However, that actually IS how the city got its name!

The 16,000 acres were purchased by the Goodyear family in the early 1900s to grow cotton which was used to make their tires, primarily tires for jets in World War 1. Since then, it has blossomed into any typical city with lots of new neighborhoods, however, there still are cotton farms throughout the city! (Not sure if they're still used for Goodyear tires though...)


  1. I really like your presentation of premier attraction's theme! Great idea. I realized it's not taking photos of beautiful views all the time but the presentation and the origin of ones town that matters. Great job Emma!

  2. I've seen the sign for Goodyear on the highway numerous times. And each time I wonder about it. Thanks for clearing up the mystery for me!!!

  3. I know goodyear AZ - but never related it to tires. wonder if the goodyear family bought rubber from Brasil? this was a great post. by the way last time in the USA I bought a package of 'business cards' and printed my name, the blog address and my email address on it and when there are questions about my camera etc. I hand out a card... so far this calms their nerves about my photography.

  4. Cool info you have shared! I might have heard that somewhere in the past, because it seems familiar, but the photo of the tire is even the bomb, great idea!