Road trip to Holbrook Arizona

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Friday (6/19) we decided to take a little road trip to Holbrook Arizona, roughly 50 miles north from our campground, to have a look see.

Holbrook sits at an elevation of 5082’ and has a population of around 5093 as of 2018 but was first inhabited by the Anasazi, then Puebloans, then the Navajo and Apache.

Holbrook was founded in 1881 or 1882 when the railroad was built and named to honor the first chief engineer of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad, Henry Randolph Holbrook.


















Holbrook at one time was known as “the town too tough for women and churches” and in 1914 was said to be the only county seat in the U.S. that didn’t have a church.

President Roosevelt named the Petrified Forest (including part of the Painted Desert) a National Monument in 1906 and Holbrook was incorporated in 1917. Most of the Beale Wagon Road became Route 66 in 1926 and passed through both the Petrified Forest and Holbrook and tourism started taking over the economy.

But like so many towns along old Route 66 the I-40 Freeway was developed on the area in the 1960’s and the economy started to suffer.




















Driving around it was easy to find bits and pieces of the past even though most things were just locked up behind fences and mostly in disarray but to be honest the town was sort of depressing to us and we didn’t put forth a whole lot of effort searching out everything it might have had to offer. In fact we probably spent more time walking around the old Wigwam Village than anything else during our visit but then when I see old iron I am easily distracted.

Frank Redford was the architect for the design and the Chester E Lewis of Holbrook constructed the motel and opened it for business in May of 1950 and the Lewis family has owned and operated it to this very day.




































The layout of the 15 hotel room is designed to give the image of the teepees of the Plains Indians. They decided that that the name “Wigwam Village” was more pleasing than “Teepee Village” and it has been called Wigwam Village ever since.























































































Once we finished in Holbrook we headed back home and pretty much chilled the remainder of the day.

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1 Response to Road trip to Holbrook Arizona

  1. Jim and Barb says:

    Some very cool old trucks and cars!

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