Holbrook - Winslow - Flagstaff - Grand Canyon

I-40 West in the Sun Valley, 25 miles from Petrified Forest National Park, AZ
I-40 West in the Sun Valley, 25 miles from Petrified Forest National Park, AZ
Stagecoach robberies, gunfights, a hanging… are all great story lines for old west movie, but this is not a movie, this is Holbrook's, AZ Wild West frontier history.
In the arid Arizona desert, the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook still provides Route 66 aficionados the opportunity to "sleep in a Wigwam". Rooms feature the original hand-made hickory furniture and each is equipped with a sink, toilet and shower. 
Fifteen concrete and steel freestanding teepees are arranged in a semi-circle around the main office. Each teepee is 21 feet wide at the base and 28 feet high. Vintage cars are permanently parked throughout the property, including a Studebaker that belonged to Mr. Lewis, the former owner of the Wigwam Village.
First time back at the Wigwam Motel, where Rubén L Meneses, Emeritus Professor Thunderbird School of Global Management (Glendale, AZ), a young native Mexican, started his first US job - as a handyman.
Rubéns buddys, the brothers Ron and Marty. When not traveling, they live happy in Sun City - Arizona's finest active adult retirement community. 

Enjoy delicious American and Mexican food at Joe & Aggie's Cafe, Holbrook, AZ.
It is the oldest restaurant in town, family owned and operated since 1943. 
Christopher, a guy from Phoenix - who came to Holbrook and never went back - was taking care of us at Joe & Aggie's.
Kitch dinosaurs welcome you everywhere in Holbrook, ……..
The heyday of Route 66 and the presence of the Santa Fe Railraod kept Winslow as the hub of Northern Arizona until the bypassing of Route 66 in the 1970s. Like so many other Route 66 towns, the death of tourism meant the death of the town. 
It was around that thime that the singing group The Eagles came out with their first hit single, "Take it Easy", and one little verse "I was standing' on the corner in Winslow Arizona…" put the community back on the map!
The railroad put most of Northern Arizona on the map, and Winslow is no exception.
Back in 1880, the town of Winslow, named for the President of the railroad, Edward F. Winslow, became a hub for the Santa Fe Railway opening doors for enterprising entrepreneurs.
Winslow is also home to the La Posada Harvey House Hotel designed by Mary Colter. Blending Native American and Spanish culture, the La Posada is without the finest Harvey House ever build.
Welcome to Two Guns, Arizona! The ruins at the west end of the bridge are that of the Cundiff Store. Earl Cundiff came to Canyon Diablo in the 1920s. He built the store, gas station, cafe and cottages all called "Canyon Lodge".
He leased some property to Harry "Indian" Miller in 1925 for the first zoo at Canyon Diablo, and Miller also built up the "Apache Death Cave" tourist attraction popular with Route 66 travelers.

If the land could talk, Two Guns would have a lot of stories to tell. From Navajo and Apache confrontations in the 19th century, wagon train travel, gunfights, to the heyday of Route 66 where a trading post and petting zoo were the highlight of folks crossing the Canyon Diablo Bridge. The bridge and the ruins of several structures remain….
It seems, that Room 404 at the Hotel Monte Vista, 100 N San Francisco St, Flagstaff, AZ, is not a spooky one. Built in 1926 the Hotel has been home to colorful characters, from bank robbers to Hollywood stars.
Memories of the chapter "The big mistake", July 10, 2014, with happy end at the Motel 6 in Flagstaff.
Looking for a third suitcase at Walmart - where else!
Sitting at the base of the picturesque San Francisco Peaks within the Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff is the largest Arizona Route 66 community.
At 7.000 feet, it is the highest elevation along the eight-state stretch of Route 66, making it a four season hub for outdoor recreation.
Flagstaff as well offers a variety of dining, nightlife and lodging options, as the Hotel Monte Vista.
Known as the "Mountain Town", Flsgstaff finds its roots plated firmly in livestock, the railroad and later by vehicle travel on Route 66. The Hotel Monte Vista was built in 1926 under a citizen subscription legislation (because there was no adequate hotel in town). 
Looking out for Pluto… Flagstaff is home to Lowell Observatory where the planet Pluto was discovered.
The Weatherford Hotel is a historic hotel in the downtown district of Flagstaff, Arizona. It was established in 1897 by John W. Weatherford and is located one block north of US Route 66.
Welcome to Maloney's Tavern, an up-scale, high-energy restaurant and nightspot, 101 N Leroux St, Flagstaff.
The Grand Canyon, three National Monuments (Sunset Crater Volcano, Wupatki and Walnut Canyon), and the red rocks of Sedona are in Flagstaff's backyard. 
The Orpheum Theater is an old movie house in Flagstaff, originally named the Majestic Opera House and was constructed in 1911.
Mural on N Leroux Street documents the lumber industry history of Flagstaff. 
A speakeasy hidden away, on a side street in Flagstaff (10 N Leroux St)
Collins Irish Pub and Grill, established in 1997, offers both American and authentic Irish cuisine in its beautifully remodeled, historic downtown Flagstaff location.

The historic Hotel Monte Vista is a landmark in beautiful Flagstaff.
At the corner E Aspen Avenue and N San Francisco Street in Flagstaff.
At the Palate Restaurant, Chef Polo Alonso's style is a quique blend of a western flare and comfort food. 
Opening one New Year's Day, 1900, the luxurious Hotel Weatherford would attract such visitors as newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, former President Theodore Roosevelt, Old West author Zane Grey and lawman Wyatt Earp.
E Aspen Avenue in Flagstaff has lot of restaurants and shops.
At the turn of the twentieth century, David, George, William, Charles and Edward Babbitt established the Babbitt Brothers Trading Company in Flagstaff in 1889. Now and then a supplier for outdoor equipment.
Stories of the Hotel Monte Vista being haunted have been circulated for decades. To this day reports of strange activity occur...
The Crown Railroad Cafe is the quintessential All-American Route 66 diner, with railroad decor and  with a overhead running model train. 
Flagstaff has the largest and richest inventory of original Route 66 structures and signage of any of the eight Route 66 states, largely due to the realignment of Route 66 in the 1940s to accommodate the heavy truck usage along the Route.
In 1970, three men robbed a nearby bank & during the robbery, a bank guard shot one of them. Despite their injured comrade they decided to stop by the hotel lounge and have a drink to celebrate. The wounded man bled to death while enjoying his last drink. Since then both patrons and staff have reported being greeted by a anonymous voice saying "Good Morning." There have also been reports of barstools and drinks that seem to move on their own. Story by Hotel Monte Vista.
The Rendezvous bar at the Hotel Monte Vista.
Romantic and inviting, the atmosphere of Rendezvous excites all senses. 
Just 19 miles out of Flagstaff, 6327 W Fort Valley Ranch Rd, Kendrick Park, in the background the San Francisco Peaks with Mt. Humphreys.
Grazing area next to W Fort Valley Ranch Rd (US 180) near the Chapel of the Holy Dove, Kendrick Park, AZ, a favorite place to be married.
Mount Humphreys is Arizonas tallest peak (12.633 feet, 4'211 m) and stands sentinel over a landscape as a quite reminder on northern Arizona's explosive past. 
Opened in 1938, the Arizona Snowbowl, located near Flagstaff, is one of the longest running resorts in the West. Located on the San Francisco Peaks with a stunning view of Agassiz Peak.
Watchtower (1932) at Desert View, at the east end of Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim was designed by Mary Colter, architect for the Santa Fe Railroad.
The tower, also known as the Indian Watchtower at Desert Viewis a 70 foot (21m) high stone building, which houses now the Desert View Visitor Center and bookstore. 
Making of…
As one journey along the rim, one does follow the footsteps of many people from a variety of cultures. People have called this area home for at least 12,000 years. On the right side in the picture are the "Palisades of the Desert".
People have called this area home for at least 12,000 years. A broken spear point tells of ancient hunters tracking giant sloths.
Grand Canyon - one of Earth's most powerful, inspiring landscapes - overwhelms our senses!
Its story tells of geologic processes played out over unimaginable time spans as a unique combination of size, color and dazzling erosional forms.
277 river miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and a mile (1.6 km) deep. Its rugged landscape hosts a fascinating variety of plant and animal communities.

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