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Arizona Rocks with History in Northern Arizona

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January 20, 2004


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Arizona Rocks with History in Northern Arizona


History abounds in the Arizona Rocks communities of Flagstaff, Page and Williams in northern Arizona. Just hours from metropolitan Phoenix, the historic fabric of Arizona is revealed in museums, historic sites and guided tours that take you through some of the most colorful and entertaining periods in Arizona history. Arizona officially became a state in 1912 and northern Arizona was already bustling with activity with commerce, cowboys and ranching, a large Native American population and many, many colorful characters. The www.ArizonaRocks.com web site has information and links for planning a vacation or weekend getaway.



This is a region where the development of the American west is still evident and well preserved. Turn of the century architecture is well preserved in Flagstaff’s historic downtown district. The recently restored Coconino County Courthouse is an example of beautiful stone architecture. A Guided Walking Tour of the historic district is a great way to learn about the people, the ranching and mercantile families, and to see the unique architectural elements like the fascinating gargoyles that peer down from the walls of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Chapel.



Flagstaff’s historic Riordan Mansion was completed in 1904 in the Arts & Crafts style of architecture. The mansion is expansive, with over 40 rooms and 13,000 square feet of living area and servants' quarters. A tour guide will lead you through this richly furnished home, filled with original artifacts, Stickley furniture, and many other personal possessions of the Riordan families. Also in Flagstaff, the Pioneer Museum offers a regular program of changing exhibits throughout the year. Exhibits include themes related to the history of Flagstaff and northern Arizona, including livestock, logging, agriculture, railroads, environmental history, social and political issues.



Railroading was extremely important to the development of the region and travelers will find wonderfully preserved historic train stations in both Flagstaff and Williams that serve as Visitor Centers which are well staffed, fascinating to explore and chock full of area information. The Grand Canyon Railway departs daily from the Williams train station taking visitors on a historic steam engine trip on the rails which were originally laid by the Santa Fe Railroad in 1901 when they launched tours the Grand Canyon National Park.



The town of Williams had a reputation as a rough and rowdy frontier town by the turn of the century. Its saloons, brothels, and gambling houses catered to the cowboy, logger, and railroad worker seeking entertainment. Many of these businesses of vice and pleasure were restricted by ordinance to Railroad Avenue's 'Saloon Row' and many of these historic structures are preserved on William’s Main Street today. In 1926, US Highway 66 was established through Williams and served the automobile-touring public as part of the "Main Street of America". Williams became the last "Route 66" town to be by-passed by Interstate 40 in 1984 and the downtown business district was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.



Page is a twentieth century town built on a majestic mesa overlooking Lake Powell and the Colorado River. Originally known as the Manson Mesa, Page adjoins the expansive tribal lands of the Navajo Nation. Navajo guides today take visitors on spectacular hikes in Antelope Canyon and Canyon X that are located a short drive from Page.

John Wesley Powell's epic Colorado River voyages in 1869 and 1871 are memorialized in the John Wesley Powell Museum where you can see sketches, photos and other memorabilia along with a unique collection of Native American and pioneer artifacts. Other exhibits focus on the geology of the canyons cut by the Colorado and the history and development of Page.

Interpretive hikes are scheduled by the Glen Canyon Natural History Association and the Carl Hayden Visitors Center adjacent to the Glen Canyon Dam. Displays at the Center include dinosaur tracks, Glen Canyon during the Ice Age, photos and history of the construction of Glen Canyon Dam.

Arizona Rocks with history in the exciting northern Arizona towns of Page, Williams and Flagstaff. Travelers can enjoy museum browsing, active hikes in the historic towns or the spectacular countryside surrounding and connecting the communities. A tour of the area with overnight stays puts the Grand Canyon right in the middle of a very memorable vacation.

For more information about travel in the Arizona Rocks region of northern Arizona, visit www.ArizonaRocks.com where you will find links to each community and an information rich menu of accommodations, things-to-do, itineraries, weather, guided tours, calendar of events and much, much more. By phone call 1.800.842.7293 for Flagstaff information, 1.800.863.0546 for the Williams Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce, and 1.888.261.PAGE for the Page Lake Powell Chamber of Commerce.



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