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Old November 21st, 2019, 08:18 AM   #1
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Holbrook, AZ

Holbrook is a city in northeast Arizona, and is the seat of Navajo County. The population is around 5,000.

Holbrook was founded in 1882 as a railroad stop. It was named for Henry Holbrook, chief engineer of the Atlantic & Pacific Railroad

Holbrook once had a reputation as one of the worst towns of the Wild West. In 1886, just a few years after being founded, Holbrook had 10% of its population of almost 300 murdered. Holbrook also gained a reputation in the following decades as a town not suitable for women, children, and churches.

In 1926, US Route 66 was commissioned, providing a route between Chicago and Los Angeles. Route 66 was paved in Holbrook around 1936, with the entire road throughout the state paved by 1938. The "Mother Road" brought business first in the form of refugees from Oklahoma escaping from the Dust Bowl, and then from tourists that could move around after World War II with a booming economy. Overnight lodging, restaurants, and vehicle servicing businesses lined the highway. Route 66 was decommissioned in Arizona in 1984, after Interstate 40 was completed around Holbrook in 1979.

Today, Holbrook continues to have Route 66 tourism, but for nostalgic reasons. It also serves as a transportation center for parts of northeast Arizona. Holbrook finally serves as the nearest city to Petrified Forest National Park.



The Wigwam Motel, on Hopi Drive.



Wigwam Motel, known as Wigwam Village No. 6, was built in 1950.



The motel was a franchise of the original Wigwam Village, which had opened in 1933 in Kentucky.



The Holbrook Inn, on Hopi Drive. The motel was built in 1960.



The Butterfield Stage Company Steakhouse, on Hopi Drive. The restaurant was built in 1947.



The Roxy Theater, on Hopi Drive. The theater was built in 1954.



The Sidney Sapp House, on Hopi Drive. The house was built in 1911.



A restuarant on Hopi Drive.



A restaurant on Hopi Drive.



A motel on Hopi Drive.



A motel on Hopi Drive.



A restaurant on Hopi Drive.



A restaurant on Hopi Drive.



A supermarket on Hopi Drive.



The old Navajo County Courthouse, on Arizona Street. The courthouse was built in 1898.



Our Lady of Guadalupe Roman Catholic Church, on Arizona Street. The church was built in 1968.



A commercial building on Navajo Boulevard.



Buildings on Navajo Boulevard.



Buildings on Navajo Boulevard.



Dinosaurs at the Rainbow Rock Shop, on Navajo Boulevard.



Looking east up Bucket of Blood Street.



Bucket of Blood Street is a tourist site for its unique name. The street was named for the Bucket of Blood Saloon, which got its name from



The old Holbrook train station, on Bucket of Blood Street. The station was built in 1892.



Arizona Rancho, on Alvarado Drive at Tovar Avenue. The house was built in 1883, and is the oldest building in Holbrook.



A house on Alvarado Drive.



The Navajo County Governmental Complex, on Code Talkers Drive. The county courthouse was built in 1976.



The floodplain of the Little Colorado River winds through the southern section of town.



Buildings on Navajo Boulevard.



A tourist store in an old gas station on Navajo Boulevard.



A motel on Navajo Boulevard, built in 1958.



A shop on Navajo Boulevard.



The Pow Wow Trading Post, on Navajo Boulevard.



A restaurant on Navajo Boulevard.



A bar on Navajo Boulevard. The bar opened in 1948.



The El Rancho Motel & Restaurant, on Navajo Boulevard. The motel was built in 1973.



A fast food restaurant on Navajo Boulevard.



A motel on Navajo Boulevard, built in 1948.



Houses on Encanto Drive.



A motel on Navajo Boulevard.



Houses on Arizona Street.



Houses on 7th Avenue.



Houses on Florida Street.



A house on Erie Street.



A house on Buffalo Street.

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Old December 10th, 2019, 11:21 PM   #2
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I drove through Holbrook in September, on my way to Petrified Forest from Snowflake. Interesting little town. I appreciated the dinosaurs and rock shops, but I did not see a single soul or an inviting restaurant. It definitely has the vibe of being far past its heyday.
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