Seligman - Where Pride in Pavement is King
Seligman custom poster by Legends of America
When pioneers along the
Beale Wagon Road passed through this area in the mid-nineteenth
century, it was known as Mint Valley. Later, when the Prescott & Central Arizona
Railroad planned to connect the area to Prescott in 1886, the
settlement was called Prescott Junction. Completing the tracks,
the train had to run backwards to Prescott Junction because there
wasn’t a turntable in Prescott.
the Railroad went out of business, shutting down the junction. However, the
& Santa Fe Railroad took over the
abandoned rail line, and the town changed its name to
Seligman, in honor of the Seligman brothers, who helped finance the rail line south.
traffic increased, the Havasu
Fred Harvey House
was built. Opening in 1905, the hotel included 60,000 square feet,
housing numerous hotel rooms, a large kitchen, a lunch room and a news
by the railroad years ago, the building continued to stand for years; but, by
2007 it was in danger of being demolished. According to federal regulations, any
occupied building must be a safe distance from active railroad tracks, which the
building was not deemed to be. By this time, the building was owned by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, who made plans to
demolish the building in 2008.
Fred Harvey House built in 1905.
and Route 66 preservationists actively worked to save the building, the "Save the Seligman Harvey House,"
lost the fight and the building was demolished in May,
At the turn of the
20th century, Seligman was populated primarily by cowboys working the large
ranches of the area. Along with these rough and ready men, came a piece of
the Wild West, complete with shootouts on the streets.
At this time the
saloons and brothels outnumbered the churches three to one. Over the
years, Seligman settled down; but, today, is still populated by people
working at some of the state’s largest ranches.
Route 66 came
Seligman accommodated the many travelers with numerous motor courts
and services, bringing a substantial boost to the town’s economy.
In the late
1970's Seligman was bypassed by I-40, and then, in the mid 1980's, the Santa
Fe Railroad closed its operations in the city.
Both were tremendous blows upon
the small town and it soon came to a slow crawl. However, with the
enthusiasm of Seligman's residents, the town has been well preserved and the town
has again become a popular destination for
Today, a visit to this small city is a step back in time,
where you will see an odd mixture of cattle ranching, truck drivers and
Mother Road icons.
Be sure to
stop by the Delgadillo's
Route 66 Gift Shop and Visitor's Center
and pick up a Walking Tour Guide to Historic
which will give you a glimpse the colorful history of the once thriving
Just east of the Vistor's Center, is the
Delgadillo’s Snow Cap Drive-In
at 217 E. Route 66. A
landmark through the ages, you'll enjoy not only great road food, but also
a little humor that is always "served" up at the
numerous other interesting photo opportunities in Seligman, including the Rusty Bolt Souvenir
and Gift Shop at 117 E. Route 66. Here, you'll find some
great souvenirs, along with a plethora of old cars and crazy mannequins to
At 123 E. Route 66 is the Return to the
50's Museum and Gift Shop, which occupies an old gas station which closed
Also check out the Old West Town and The Roadkill Cafe a bit further down
you will head west along
the longest unbroken stretch of
where you can stop at
Canyon Caverns to see what the earth is like 21 stories below. From there, you'll soon come upon the vintage towns of
of America, updated June, 2016.
Seligman Slide Show:
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