|Clickable map. The original 1926
alignment of Route 66 just happens to pass by Golden Shores.
Not a Route 66 community. Golden Shores owes its
development, such as it is, more to the proximity of the Colorado River
than to Route 66. The closest thing to a community web site describes it
as a place "where people who love the outdoors can enjoy such sports
as fishing, hunting, boating, off-roading and birdwatching."
The community of less than 3,000 residents has its own weekly
newspaper, the Golden Shores eXtra; a general store; a dollar
store; auto, appliance and home repair services; a realtor; a dog groomer;
and a massage therapist. Children can attend grades K through 8 at Topock
Elementary, but must be bussed to River Valley High in Mohave Valley for
secondary schooling. The Golden Shores Fire District with a few paid
staff members and many volunteers handles fire and medical emergencies,
but the nearest medical centers are in Needles and Bullhead City.
What's this about Broasted Chicken? One Golden Shores
enterprise that hasn't made it into the new millennium is the Chuckwagon
Restaurant. An oversized rooster hawking Broasted chicken
sits atop the abandoned building suggesting that it would have been an
entirely appropriate enterprise along Route 66. Alas, the same year
that the Broaster was perfected, Route 66 was rerouted south of the Black
Mountains diverting traffic to the same path that Interstate 40 now
|When the Chuckwagon Restaurant was still open, it
featured Broasted® chicken. 6-02.
Although one can find recipes for Broasted chicken, one cannot cook the
real thing without the commercial oven that The Broaster Company sells.
According to the company, Broasted chicken is marinated and coated with
their proprietary ingredients. It is then placed inside their
pressure fryer. This pressure cooker is said to cook the chicken
"in the chicken's own natural juices, limiting the absorption of
cooking oil and driving the marinade deep down to the bone while searing
the chicken with a golden, crispy-crunchy coating."
Broasted® is a registered trademark of The Broaster Company, Beloit,
Wisconsin, as is Broaster®. It is the name give to chicken cooked
in the company's Broaster® pressure cooker. The cooker was
perfected in 1952, by inventor L.A.M. Phelan who also came up with the
first automatic gasoline pump, the first automatic toilet, and the first
automatic commercial refrigerator. The Broaster has been marketed
across the nation since 1954.