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Birthplace of Historic Route 66

Seligman is the place where Route 66 was reborn in Arizona and rescued from oblivion.

This town is located on the western Arizona section of the Mother Road and has many Route 66 classic spots. We list some of them below:

Classic Route 66 motels, stores, gas stations, and Landmarks in Seligman

Include a stop on your Route 66 road trip to visit Seligman AZ.

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About Seligman, Arizona

Facts, Trivia and useful information

Elevation 5,242 ft (1.598 m). Population 764 (2020).
Time zone: Mountain (MST): UTC minus 7 hours. Summer (DST) no DST⁄ PDT (UTC-7). In the 1940s, Pacific Time Zone began in Seligman.

Seligman is a town located on the northern border of Yavapai County, in northwestern Arizona. It has been called "a flat spot in the desert" due to its meadows surrounded by high mesas.

Northwestern Arizona has been inhabited for over 10,000 years. The Native American Havasupai (also known as Supai) and the Hualapai people were farmers who lived to the north and west of what is now Seligman in the Grand Canyon region.

Arizona was a province of the Spanish Empire in America but they never settled the area. They did however survey the copper mines near Jerome, AZ in the 1600s.

After its independence in 1821, Mexico assumed sovereignity over the territory but lost it to the U.S.A. after its defeat in the Mexican American War of 1846-48.

black and white portrait of Jesse Seligman late 1800s

Jesse Seligman. Credits

Lt. Edward "Ned" Fitzgerald Beale was commissioned by the U.S. government to survey and open a wagon trail from Ft. Smith (Arkansas) to California. He passed through what is now Seligman.

Once the US Army subdued the Navajo people of eastern Arizona in the 1870s, white settlers flowed west and a stage stop on the Mojave Road was established here.

The Atlantic & Pacific Railroad (later the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad) reached what is now Seligman in 1882 and built a depot named "Prescott Junction" after the "peavine" railway (Prescott and Arizona Central Railway Co.) that linked Phoenix, Prescott with the main A.T. & S.F. line.

In 1886 it was renamed Seligman. In 1891 the Prescott rail link was moved east to Ash Fork to shorten it so Seligman became a large switching yard and cattle shipping center. Passenger trains ceased stopping in Seligman in 1984.

The Name: Seligman

It was named after Jesse Seligman (1827-1894), banker, philanthropist, born in Bavaria, Germany. He was one of the founders of the New York City bank, J.W. Seligman Co., who helped finance the construction of the railroad in the region.

His surname means "blessed man" in German and Yiddish.

James A. Lamport claimed his homestead her in 1895 and after he subdivided it, it became part of the downtown area as the Lamport addition.

By 1915 there was a road from the railroad depot to Cataract Canyon, a branch of the Grand Canyon with high red cliffs and waterfalls 67 mi. north of town.

The National Old Trails Highway was routed through the town in the 1910s and Route 66 used this alignment when it was created in 1926. The highway became a central part of the town's life (Read more about Seligman Commercial Historic District) until the town was bypassed by I-40 in 1978.

Rebirth: Birthplace of Historic Route 66

When the freeway drew the traffic away from the town, its economy slumped. Local residents led by Angel Delgadillo formed the Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona and persuaded the State of Arizona to list Route 66 as a Historic Highway.
This "saved" the Mother Road and restored some of its former glory. Now many nostalgia seeking travelers drive through Seligman to get their kicks on Route 66. advertisement

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The Weather in Seligman

Route 66 in Seligman AZ; location map

Location of Seligman AZ on Route 66

Due to its altitude Seligman is not so hot in summer as other parts of Arizona but it is lower and therefore has less snowfall than the higher cities of Flagstaff and Williams.

The weather is dry with average summer high (Jul) is a hot 92.6°F (33.7°C) and the average summer low is 56.3°F (13.5°C). During winter, the average high (Jan) is around 53°F (11.7°C) and the average low is cool 23.4°F (-4.8°C).

Rainfall is around 12.9 inches per year (328 mm). There are around 54 rainy days each year. The rainy season is July to September with 5.5 in (140 mm).

Snowfall is 11 inches (28 cm) starting late in October and ending in late April. On average there are 6 snowy days per year.

Tornado risk

This part of Route 66, to the west of the Rocky Mountains has no tornado events. Tornado Risk: read more about Tornado Risk along Route66.

Map of Route 66 in Seligman

The thumbnail map below published in 1935 shows the course of Route 66 between Williams and ‌Kingman.

1935 map of US highway 66 Williams to Kingman Topock AZ

Thumbnail of the 1935 Arizona highway map. Credits
Click on thumbnail map to enlarge

We describe the alignment in detail in our William to Kingman alignment page.

Heading west from I-40's Exit 139 is the 1926 to 1979 stretch of Route 66. It is known as Crookton Road, there are several pre-1940s segments in this area One is at Crookton Hil: map of the old alignment we also mark it in our custom map of "old & missing segments" with an orange line.

The current roadway was built in the 1930s and carried Route 66 until 1979, but the original 1926 highway can still seen after the railroad bridge. This roadbed winds across the current road. We have marked it with a Pink line in our custom map.

Among the shrubs and stunted trees you can make out the cracked concrete, sun baked asphalt and even some old culverts and concrete bridges (pictured below).

an old concrete bridge next to current US66, desert and stunted trees

Original Route 66 pre-1930s Bridge east of Seligman. Click for street view

an old concrete culvert and highway embankment in the distance seen from current US66, desert and stunted trees

Culvert and embankment on pre-1930s US66 east of Seligman. Click for street view

See this satellite view where the old cracked roadbed can be seen next to modern '66, we marked it with red arrows.

When the highway reaches Seligman it has two alignments: until 1930 it went along Railway Ave. and Main St., as shown in this Map. Later it was realigned along the current alignment on Chino Street.

This is the US 66 alignment in Seligman

Route 66 Alignment near Seligman

With maps and full information of the old roadway.

Sights and Attractions in Seligman, Arizona

Birthplace of Historic Route 66

Historic context, the classic Route 66 in Seligman AZ

For those interested in the "good old days" of Route 66, Jack DeVere Rittenhouse's book, written in 1946, "A Guide Book to Highway 66" is a great resrource.

Rittenhouse lists the hotels in Seligman as follows:

Pop. 500... hotels: Havasu, Navajo, Central, and Seligman; courts: Deluxe and Court Royal; garages: Olson and Seligman; cafes... Seligman still retains much of its apperance of a cattle town, with its sidewalk awnings and even occasional hitching rails. Rittenhouse (1946)

By the way, hitching rails were used to tie up horses.

He added that the time zone changed here and that west of the town were the Deer Lodge cabins and the Hyde Park café and cabins.

A Busy Highway

A lot of traffic went through Seligman: at the end of 1937, the Arizona Highway Department reported that the number of cars traveling on Route 66 that year with out-of-state plates numbered 514,332.

But it took some time to improve traffic congestion in the town; only in 1963 did the Highway Department widen Route 66 through Seligman to four lanes.

Road Trip through Seligman

Into Seligman along Route 66

We will drive into Seligman coming from the east, from Ash Fork and driving west. After passing the rear end of the KOA campground (it faces the modern I-40 Bus. Lp. 1970s access from the Freeway) and the Bill Mar Den Motel, to your right you will spot an old Phillips 66 station.

Old icebox style gas station

The box-shaped building has two multipane glass service bays and a corner office. You can still make out the red harlequin diamond painted on the wall typical of a 1950s Phillips 66 service station.

icebox shaped gas station, two multipanel glass service bays, corner office, empty pumps island
Vacant Phillips 66 gas station, Seligman Route 66. Click for street view
Burma Shave advertisement: red sign with white letters on highway shoulder

One of the Burma Shave signs east of Seligman. Click for street view

Burma Shave Signs

It is followed by a "Burma Shave" set of red signs with white letters that are designed to look like original Burma Shave advertising.
Burma-Vita was a company based in Minesota. Starting in 1926 with the creation of the U.S. highway system they began to advertise their "Burma Shave" shaving cream using these red signs. They spaced them some hudred feet apart, and each sign had a few words, that combined with the text on the other signs formed a rhyme.
This one reads: "If hugging on highways - is your sport - trade in your car - for a Davenport - Burma Shave" (Davenport is the name of a sofa ⁄ couch bed that could be slept on made by the now defunct A. H. Davenport Co. of Massachusetts.)
Other examples of Burma jingles: "Are your whiskers - When you wake - Tougher than - A two-bit steak? - Try - Burma-Shave" and "The bearded lady - Tried a jar - She's now - A famous - Movie star - Burma-Shave."

Along this section, to your left, between the railroad tracks and the highway is a dirt road, Railroad Ave. that was the original 1926 Route 66 access into Seligman. Ahead when you reach the Stop sign turn left to visit the motel and an old gas station, both facing the access road to the freeway.

Below is an aerial photograph looking east. You can see the original US66 along Railroad Ave., the motel and the 1930s Route 66. I-40 Bus Lp. hadn't been built at that time.

See this satellite view of the same spot nowadays.

black and white aerial photo of Route 66 and some buildings with arrows and comments
Looking east, 1964 aerial photo of Seligman. See full size picture

As you drive east you will see, to your left an old gas station:

Gulf gas station

The gas station has Ranch Style influences and may date back to the late 1960s; a low-sloping three-part front-gabled roof, with secondary gable inset for the office and the two service bays on the right. Two pump islands and two 1970s gas pumps.

green gable roof, 3 service bay gas station with 2 pump islands, and 2 pumps
Old vacant gas station, Seligman Route 66. Click for street view

Bill Mar Den Motel (Stagecoach Motel)

To your right, facing the Gulf station, at 21455 West I-40 Business Loop. The Stagecoach 66 Motel is still operating. When it opened in the early 1960s, it was known as the "Bill Mar Den Motel." It had 44 air conditioned units, heated pool and shuffleboard. It was the location of a Ford TV commercial back in the 60s.

It originally faced Route 66, the postcard below shows its entrance on US66 in a Then and Now sequence. When W I-40 Business Loop opened, the sign and entrance were switched to the northern side of the property. The red arrow marks the same hill far to the north.

color postcard, gable roof, single floor building, motel office, car, neon sign and detail of the restaurant
Looking north from US66, 1960s postcard Bill Mar Den motel. Source

Same hill in the distance in both images (red arrow). Nowadays a large tree grows next to where the neon sign once stood.

gable roof, single floor building behind a wall. Tree and a hill in the distance
Looking north from US66, former Bill Mar Den motel. Click for street view
view of the Stagecoach Motel's Googie style neon sign: oval between two prongs, word MOTEL white letters on blue background, Betty Boop painted on pylon base

Stagecoach Motel's neon sign. Click for Street View

The motel has an iconic space-age Googie style neon sign, a tribute to the designers of the 1960s.
Betty Boop standing with a pizza held high was painted on the base of the sign recently, anothe example of Route 66 Americana.

Googie Architecture

Pronounced "gu:jee", it was a form of modern building design inspired in the Atomic and Space ages.

It its main features are the use of geometric shapes, vast glass surfaces, symbolic motion designs (atoms, boomerangs, wing shapes, disks) and Space Age themes.
It appeared in California in the late 1940s and was popular until the mid 1960s. Cafes, motels, and service stations sported these modern designs.

Site of the Whiting Bros station

Turn around and head west into Seligman. After the junction with Route 66, are the city limits and the site of the Whiting Bros. gas station, long gone. Below is a photo from 1983 and the current view of the same spot. The station was to your right (see the spot).

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composite top: 1983 photo of Whiting station, field and hills. Botom: same view in 2021, station gone
Looking west, Seligman Whiting Bros. station 1983 and now. Click for street view, 1983 view

The town begins here. Click on the thumbnail image it is a 1960s postcard looking west along Route 66 across Seligman, we marked the surviving buildings on the north side of the highway.

1960s air view postcard of Seligman

Air view of Seligman (looking west). Source
Click on image to enlarge

Standard Gas Station

To your right, hidden behind the containers, to your right at 22133 W Old Hwy (Acme Mobile Storage) is the old icebox gas station you can see it on the lower right side of the aerial view.

box shaped concrete block former gas station, containers, forklift, seen from Route 66
Former Standard Station, US66 Seligman. Click for street view

Aztec Motel

Next to the old gas station, to your right at 22200 Route 66. The first building here was built in 1915 by Juan Delgadillo (the uncle of the Juan who owned the Snow Cap further down the road); he ran the motel with is wife, Pancha. The place also had a small gas station and a restaurant.

It changed hands in 1955 and was modified; it has remained unchanged and in operation ever since. As you can see in the "Then and Now" images below even the sign is unchanged:

A vintage postcard of the Aztec Motel

Aztec Motel vintage postcard: U shape layout, colorful neon light, gable roof single floor units
Vintage postcard Aztec Motel, Seligman, Arizona. Source

The postard says: "Aztec Motel is located half way between Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon on U.S. Hwy. 66." Now murals cover the units' walls:

U-shaped motel with neon sign and gable roof
Thee Aztec Motel nowadays, Route 66 Seligman. Click for street view

City Tour in Seligman: walking tour of the Route 66 classics

Seligman Commercial Historic District

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

The Historic District

lit up motel neon sign at night, with pink, green and orange lights

Supai Motel neon sign. Credits

The downtown area was centered around the railroad station, on Main and Railway Ave. one block to the east. The original town grew along both of these streets and westwards along Chino Ave.
There was a Harvey Hotel by the station (demolished in 2008) and the Havasu (mentioned by Rittenhouse) on Main and Railroad Ave. (also gone), built to cater to those traveling by rail.

The National Old Trails Highway was routed along these streets in the 1910s and Route 66 in 1926. However, when Route 66 was realigned along eastern Chino Street in 1933, the commercial buildings followed it: Car dealerships, service stations, curio shops, and motels were built along it. This is what (in part) survives until this day as the "Seligman Commercial Historic District."

It had its boom period for three decades until 1963, when news of the new Interstate that would bypass Seligman stopped all new commercial construction in town.

Park your car and get ready for a short walk. Start your tour at the eastern tip of town, across the street from the Aztec Motel, on the southeastern corner of Route 66 (East Chino St. and Lamport).

Snow Cap Drive-In

At 301 East Chino Street (East "Historic Route 66"). This is a "mom and pop" Route 66 Café that used an eye catching parapet on the roof with ice cream cones decorating it.
Juan Delgadillo and his family built it in 1953. He became part of the Snow Cap Drive-In chain of Prescott Arizona and sold their ice creams until the company went broke in 1997. Juan negotiated with them and became owner of the brand name, the last Snow Cap in operation.

Delgadillo's Snow Cap Drive-In nowadays

box shaped building, ice cone on roof, with stickers, covering its windows, old gas pump to the right
Delgadillo's Snow Cap Drive-In, Seligman, AZ. Click for street view
phone directory advert with cartoon

Telephone directory advertisement.

Old Richfield Service Station

Walk west. Ahead to your left is an old gas station, now J&R Mini Mart and Café. It was built in 1949 as the Richfield Gas Station and Garage owned by Joe Delgadillo with Moore (they had another station on the west side of town). During that period it switched brand to Mobil.

When traffic dropped after I-40 opened the store became a grocery, a Thai restaurant, and finally a gift shop and mini-mart.

former gas station, painted turqouise with Route 66 signage, old cars, and a flat orange canopy
Delgadillo's Richfield station, Seligman, AZ. Click for street view

Notice the canopy over the gas pump port is still in place. Next to it, to the west, is the original Texaco gas station sign that belonged to the service station that was in front of it, across Route 66, on the westbound traffic side of the street.

blue gable roofed building, Texaco sign, old pick-up truck and US66 in front

Angel and Vilma's. Click for st. view

Angel & Vilma Delgadillo Gift Shop

At 22265 W. Historic Route 66. It was built in 1914 and has two residences. Angel Delgadillo set up his pool hall and barber shop there in 1972 with a striped barber pole on the facade! In 1987 it became the office of the "Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona" and this prompted Angel (founder and president of the Association) to sell Route 66 souvenirs in his shop. This new business grew and took over the old pool hall part of the store.

Court Deluxe

The adjacent house (right - west) was built by Frank Campbell in 1925. He also built the motel next to itin 1932. The old "auto court" is set on the NE corner of Floyd St. and Chino St. at 22295 W. Historic Route 66
It has been catering to travelers ever since, first as the "Court Deluxe" and later as the "Deluxe Motel" and the "Deluxe Inn".
Its 1930s postcard says: "Steam Heat. Back of card: COURT DE LUXE, new, fireproof, on U. S. Highway No. 66 at SELIGMAN, ARIZONA. Two hours drive to the scenic Grand Canyon, three hours to Boulder Dam. Quiet, restful, attractively furnished, fireproof. Steam heated rooms with or without tub or shower baths and kitchenettes. For one or the family. Closed garages. Popular prices. Robert Jones, Manager." Below is a Then and Now set of images:

1930s sepia colored postcard single story auto court with two facing lines of units
Court De Luxe in a 1930s postcard. Seligman, AZ. Source
single story stone buildings, a 1930s motel in Seligman AZ
Current view of the De Luxe Inn, in Seligman Arizona. Click image for Street View

Olson's Shell Station

1950s brick shell station butterfly detached canopy

Olson's Shell station. Click for St. view

Across the street, on the SE corner of Floyd you will see the refurbished remains of an old Shell Service Station built in 1961. Olson also owned the station across the street (now Roadrunner gift shop). Olson's Shell, now a gift shop. Notice its butterfly canopy and the brick two-bay building.
Originally a Mobil station stood here.

Rusty Bolt

Next door to it is the "Rusty Bolt" with its unusual facade in a building from 1933, used over the years as a dry-cleaners, 24-7 restaurant and nowadays a curio shop with mannequins decorating it, even on the second floor.

woodframe buildings, of different colors facing Route 66 with signs and mannequins decorating them and a pink Cadillac parked on the street
Rusty Bolt, Seligman Arizona. Click image for Street View. Credits

There is a vacant lot next to it, where a cafe stood until it burned down in 1962.

Former double dogleg at Route 66 and Main St.

Head west and the next corner has gone through many changes over the years: Route 66 had two sharp 90° turns, a set of offset doglegs at its junction with Main Street.

On the NW corner was the aptly named "Corner Bar and Hotel", it was built in 1928. A fire razed it in 1962. To the east, along Main was the Morris Cafe. The image below looks north along Route 66 the blue arrow marks the old Corner Bar and Hotel, the red arrow marks the Pitts & Washington Central Commercial; the dashed line is the built area that was removed north of Main St. when Chino Ave. was widened to four lanes in 1963.

Main and Route 66 Then and Now Seligman AZ
Then and Now view of Main and Route 66 (Chino Ave) in Seligman Arizona. Click image for Street View. 1930s view

Route 66 widened

In the late 1950s and early 1960s traffic was congested in Seligman and the two offset doglegs at Main added to the problem. After the Corner Hotel burned, two additional lanes were added to Chino, on the south side east of Main, and on the north side west of main, this eliminated the two sharp turns.

Beale Trail Marker

There is a small gazebo on the corner in a tiny park. The marker next to the gazebo (Street view). Its inscription remembers the expedition led by Lt. Edward Beale between 1857 and 1860 that used camels for pack animals; its goal was to build a wagon road that was used until 1883.

The trail runs north of Seligman and the deeply rutted trail can still be seen there.

Copper Cart

Cross Main, on the south side of the street is a restaurant was built in 1952 at 103 W Chino Ave. The postcard below, from the 1960s advertises it: "THE COPPER CART RESTAURANT in Seligman, Arizona This is a delightful spot to stop for a meal when you are driving along U.S. Highway 66. With food comparable to that found in fine city eating places and with its clean and attractively decorated cafe and dining room, you'll want to make it a point to stop here for a meal."

See how it looked in the mid 1960s (date guessed, based on the cars parked in front of it).

1960s cars in front of restaurant with neon sign shaped like a mining cart. Color postcard
A mid-1960s postcard of the Copper Cart restaurant, Seligman, AZ. Source

Same sign is there, but was moved to the corner

vintage cars, colorful store on a corner, neon sign with mining cart seen from US66
Copper Cart restaurant nowadays. Click for street view

Next door is a building that is over one hundred and ten years old:

Historic Seligman Sundries

bright blue facade, vintage cars, flagpole and gable roof store

Ted's Sundries Now. Click for st. view

At 115 East Chino St. The building dates back to 1905, when it was the Pioneer Hall Theatre and Dancehall. When Route 66 opened in 1926 it switched to become a Soda Fountain, Trading post, and drugstore: Ted's Fountain Trading Post. The postcard below, from the 1940s gives us an idea of what it sold: "Seligman AZ - Ted's Fountain Trading Post: Famous For Malts. RT66-2113", and on the back: "Navajo Rugs, Curios, Sundries. Back of card: The home of Ted's famous Malts is located halfway between Grand Canyon and Boulder Dam on Highway 66. Dealers in Navajo rugs and jewelry, Indian baskets and curios of many tribes. Elevation 5260. Distances from Seligman."

During the 1950s it had a neon sign shaped like a thunderbird. Now it became a curio - souvenir shop and coffee house, the Historic Seligman Sundries.

An old postcard (1940s) of Ted's Fountain Trading Post

1940s color postcard with gable roof woodframe building and several cars parked. American flag atop flagpole
Ted's Fountain Trading Post in a 1940s postcard, Seligman AZ. Source

Close up of Seligman Sundries store

Lady sitting on old jalopy fender at store, signpost, colorful store front
Seligman Sundries and its Route 66 decor. Austin Whittall

Seligman Garage

Next to the Sundries store is a large stone building with multi-pane windows and a gable roof. This is the "Seligman Garage" mentioned by Rittenhouse in 1946. Over the years it has been a Chevron station, Standard Oil station, garage with towing service, and even a Studebaker agency. It was built in 1934 by Cook, Sykes and Lamport.

Looking east at the garage in the 1930s.

black and white postcard with 1940s cars lined up against stone wall of garage with multi-pane windows
Seligman garage c.1940s. Source

Same wall nowadays. The buildings to the south (right) have been torn down, and the old service bays' entrances have been walled up and more windows added, but the building is the same:

stone building with multi-pane windows, gable roof seen from Route 66
Seligman garage nowadays. Click for street view

Walk Back

Now cross the street to its northern side. Here is the Supai Motel.

Supai Motel

On the corner of Route 66 and 1st St. at 22450 Route 66. This is an iconic Route 66 motel with its distinctive neon-light sign. It opened in 1952

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The early 1950s postcard below states: "SUPAI MOTEL SELIGMAN, ARIZONA. Phone - 953. Seligman's newest and finest motel. (In center of City on Highway 66.) Tile baths, tubs or showers. Air-Conditioned by Frigidaire, panel type heat. Franciscan furniture, spring air mattresses, carpeted floors. Owned & Operated by Mr. and Mrs. H. Lanier."

A late 1950s postcard of the Supai Motel

Vintage postcard (1950s) of Supai Motel, Seligman AZ
Supai Motel in a vintage 1950s postcard, Seligman, AZ. Source
vintage neon sign, U-shaped layout on a single floor, gable roof motel
Supai Motel today, Seligman, AZ. Click for Street View

Cottage Hotel

Take a short detour to visit a historic hotel: Walk west passing in front of the Supai Motel, take a right and head one block north along to 1st Street and then northwards along it tp the first corner (Schoney Ave), on the NW corner is the "Cottage Hotel" Built in 1912, it is a registered historic building owned by the Seligman Historical Society. The 1940 Arizona Highway magazine mentioned it. It is slowly deteriorating (compare its current appearance below with this 2011 street view).

The Cottage Hotel in a 1915 black and white photo: wood frame

Vintage 1915 photograph of the Cottage Hotel. Source

woodframe building, peeling white paint, overgrown yard

Cottage Hotel nowadays, click for Street View

Vintage 1950s police patrol parked on Main Street in Seligman
Route 66 in Seligman AZ. Austin Whittall

Nomad Motel

Route 66 shield logo of a motel painted on a window, reflecting other buildings

Postcard motel, Seligman AZ

Return to Route 66 head east and following the Supai is another Motel that when it was builot in 1962 it was called the "Nomad Motel". It was renamed in 1970 as the "Romney Motel", and is still open and since 2022 is the "Postcard Motel".

There were two other Nomad motels on Route 66, one in Ash Fork AZ, the other in Needles CA. They had an Arabic style in its neon sign, bulbous domes over the office, and crenelated parapets on the units' buildings.

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Black Cat Bar

Next to it is what remains of the "Black Cat Bar. Tom and Maude Jolly owned the "Black Cat Café" on Railroad Ave. but when business moved to Route 66 they did the same in 1935.
F. Hyde bought it and renamed it the "Black Cat Buffet".

When US 66 was widened through town in 1963 the original building was torn down to make way for the new westbound lanes. But a new building had been built behind it. It's still in operation.

The image below shows a "Then and Now" sequence looking west from Main and Route 66 in the 1930s and now. The red arrow marks the Black Cat Bar. The building on the right is still standing and we describe it further down.

Main and Route 66 Then and Now looking West, Seligman AZ
Then and Now view of Main and Route 66 looking west. Seligman Arizona. Click image for Street View. 1930s view

Main Street

Ahead is the corner of Main Street. You will spot two buildings along it: one on the northwest corner, now a grocery (Blue arrow in the images below) at 100 North Main St. Notice the Seligman mural on the wall. The second building is across Main Street, the Old Post Office; a brick building with corbels on its front and side walls (Red arrow).

black and white 1940s view with buildings and cars along North Main Street from Route 66

A 1940 photo looking along N. Main St. from Route 66. Source

buildings, street, cars in Seligman today

View along North Main St. nowadays. Click for St. view

Pitts & Washington Central Commercial

The old theater to the left of the 1940s image is gone. On the northeastern corner of Main St. and Route 66 (Green arrow above) is one of the oldest buildings in Seligman, Central Commercial store.

Pitts & Washington store was built by Jim Pitts in 1903. When Route 66 opened in 1926 it was acquired by the Commercial Company of Kingman and renamed Central Commercial. As you can see below, after closing in the early 1960s it lost its canopy.

composite image with 1930s top in black and white and 2018 bottom, in color, views of same spot on Main and Chino Ave in Seligman: Commercial Building
Then and Now view of the Commercial Co. building on US66. Click image for Street View. 1930s view

Next door is the Canyon Lodge; it opened as the Moki Motel at "114 E Chino Ave." in 1962. In 1970 it became the Canyon Shadows. Now as the Canyon Lodge it still caters to travelers with Elvis, Marilyn Monroe and John Wayne themed rooms,

Olson dealership and Shell Gas Station

Next to the motel was a garage (Dr. Connor's Shell and Chevrolet agency - see it in this 1941 photo looking east along Route 66 and incorrectly captioned as being taken in Ash Fork). It later became Olson Chevrolet dealership. It also had a Shell filling station (facing the one on the eastbound lanes). It was also the place where Greyhound busses stopped in town. It dates back to 1933 and after closing in 1985 it reopened in 1998 as the Road Trip Museum ⁄ Return to the 50s Gift Shop. Below is a "Then and Now" set of pictures (notice the same canopy and signpost!):

black and white photo Shell station with pumps, Chevrolet signs on a flat canopy

Olson Chevrolet and Shell c.1960. Credits

color photo gift shop with flat canopy and Route 66 in foreground

Former Olson Chevrolet nowadays (Roadrunner gifts). Click for St. view

Wilkinson Ford and Texaco Station

Head east, and on then next block at the corner with Floyd St. at 222 East Chino St. is a former Texaco station.

Built in 1936 it has housed many buildings but served mainly as a Texaco Station during the heyday of Route 66. It was also Donovan's Garage and later Wilkinson's Ford dealership (pictured below):

black and white photo Ford dealer and gas station

Wilkinson Ford and Texaco c.1960. Credits

color photo former gas station with large signs

Former Wilkinson Ford and Texaco. Click for St. view

The whitewashed sign on the western side of the property is the original one, and you can make out the ghost word "TEXACO" under the white coat of paint.

Texaco sign, the red letters showing through an overlaid coat of white paint
Texaco sign, Seligman, AZ. Click for street view

Your walking tour ends here. Return to your car and drive west.

West side of Seligman

Old motel and gas station

Drive by the sights you saw on your walking tour and, ahead after passing the Supai, to your left, on the third block you will see the remains of an old gas station and motel.

You can see the station's pump island, office and lights. The units to the left have enclosed garages. We haven't been able to identify the names of the motel or the filling station, and the numbers along Route 66 have changed over the years. There was an "El Camino Motel" on this side of the road, at 227 W Chino Ave. in 1960

white building, gas pump island and lights, office and units of a motel with garages
Old Motel and gas station on US66, Seligman, AZ. Click for street view

Another old Texaco

Across the street, to your right, on the corner of Route 66 and Indian School St. is another service station. Below is a "Then and Now" sequence of Seligman's Chino St. here, looking eastwards. The Texaco is on the left side of the image:

A Photo from 1947 showing Route 66 in downtown Seligman

looking east along Route 66 in a black and white 1947 photo Texaco gas station, cars, bus, people and some buildings
Looking east along Route 66 in a 1947 photo, Seligman, Arizona. . Click on image to enlarge

In the photo below you can see the western side of Seligman, looking east along what then was a two-lane highway. The street was widened in mid 1960s and many of the buildings on the right side of the road lost the overhangs on their facades. The red arrow shows the old Texaco nowadays, and ther two story building behind the Texaco is a now gone motel. In the distance, behind the bus is a building that stood on the northeastern corner of Main and Route 66, where the highway had two right angle turns, the Corner Cafe and next to it the Home Cafe To the right is the West End Mobil gas station and garage.

The same spot on Route 66 today

Route 66 in Seligman, old gable roof building, trees and Chino Ave.
Looking east along US66 in Seligman AZ. Click for street view

The Navajo stands at what was 420 W Chino Ave in the early 1960s (now 22750 Route 66), its postcard tells us: "NAVAJO MOTEL 15 Deluxe Units - individually controlled heat - tiled showers. Phone: 784 Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Shipsey Owners and Managers."

Its long and low layout hasn't changed (compare postcard below with its Currrent apparance). Now it is the "Historic Route 66 Motel" with a great neon sign:

detail of single floor gable roof motel, neon sigh and cars in a 1950s postcard

Vintage postcard Navajo Motel. Source

blue and red Route 66 shield with white letters, a classic neon sign

Route 66 Motel neon sign, click for street view

>>You can Book a Room in this motel.

yellow block shaped 1950s gas station with red canopy

Old Texaco, click for street view

Next to it, passing the Roadkill Cafe with mock wild west buildings in its parking lot (pictured below), to your right at 452 W Chino was the B&H Texaco. Still standing (see picture).

Facing the old Navajo motel at 427 W Chino was the 17-unit "Court Unique" motel (torn down) located where the Family Dollar and the post office building now stand. To its right was Harold Johnson's Chevron at 427 W Chino (earlier Jack Lanier's) and on its left side was Delgadillo and Moor's second Ritchfield station (403 W Chino).

false building facades a mock wild west town in yellow, red: livery, gun shop, bank
"Wild West" buildings, Seligman AZ. Austin Whittall. Click for street view

Leaving Seligman

A 1951 roadmap of the Seligman to Kingman US 66, Truxton does not appear (it was founded that year).

Route 66 from Seligman to Kingman in a 1951 map Arizona
U.S. 66 in a 1951 Shell map. Credits

Head west along Route 66 from downtown Seligman. At the western tip of town the 1926-30 alignment turned south (on the west side of the modern Chevron gas station located there by the entrance ramps to I-40) and crossed the tracks. We describe this alignment in our special page about Route 66 from Williams to Kingman and marked the old aligment with Navy Blue line in our custom map of Route 66 in AZ (west of Seligman).

The highway runs to the left of a mesa known as Aubrey Cliffs, a red sandstone formation and then descends into the wide Aubrey Valley named aftger a Santa Fe Railroad pathfinder.

Pica Motel and Gas Station

After driving 18.7 mi. west of Seligman, to your left you will see some trees and the 1946 Pica Motel, named for the nearby railroad siding. It was not mentioned by Rittenhouse as it was completed after his trip through the area. There was a gas station here and a motel both still visible on the private property. Old whitewashed motel sign still standing. See it in this 1974 aerial photo and this street view.

Deer Lodge

The 1940s to 1979 road runs in a long straight stretch through Aubrey Valley passing by Rittenhouse's "Deer Lodge" (17 mi.), on the south side of the highway. Deer Lodge had "Cabins and gas." They are long gone, only rubble and the driveway remain (Street view). Just two miles ahead is "Hyde Park", to the right on a rise at the west side of Aubrey Valley among juniper-covered hills.

satellite view of foundations and rubble top of image, Route 66 runs across the bottom

Satellite view ruins of Hyde Park west of Seligman. Click for satellite view

Hyde Park

Rittenhouse mentioned it as a Café with cabins and gasoline.
It's slogan was "Park your Hide at Hyde Park" and was the nearest lodging to the famour "Yampai - Coconino Caverns" (now the Grand Canyon Caverns). All that remains of it are the foundations and rubble as you can see in the satellite view below.

head of an apatosaurus, looking at you with a curved neck, green skin and pale blue sky behind

"Zoomie" the apatosaurus in Grand Canyon Caverns, your next stop. Credits

Continue your Road Trip

This marks the end of your Route 66 road trip in the Seligman, head west and visit the next stop on your journey: Grand Canyon Caverns.

Outdoors, National and State Parks

Diamond Creek and the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon and the Colorado River are located to the north of Seligman and accessible through neighboring Peach Springs. The Grand Canyon gorge here is 2,000 ft. (600 m) high and Diamond Creek, an intermittent stream, flows into the Colorado River at this point, flowing through the Hualapai reservation.

It was for many years the main tourist spot on the Grand Canyon, as it was one of the few places where the Colorado River itself could be reached easily, and there was a hotel at this spot, the Diamond Creek Hotel.

All this came to an end when the railway link was built between Williams and the Grand Canyon in 1907.

raft in the reddish-brown turbulent waters of the Colorado River, people with life jackets and helmets and steep rocky gorge enclosing the river
Rafting on the Colorado River near Peach Springs AZ. Credits

The Diamond Creek Road (dirt & gravel road) runs along the creek's canyon and provides the only access to the Colorado River between Lees Ferry and Pierce Ferry. The Hualapai tribal government charges a fee for all vehicles and people traversing the road (about $30 ⁄ person). Map of the road from Seligman.

Be careful with Flash Flooding during the rainy period. It can be dangerous and damage the road. The road is better suited for SUVs (don't take a rented vehicle along it as it may violate your rental contract).

Hualapai River Runners

Diamond Creek on the Grand Canyon is where the whitewater rafting trips start out from; you can book one-day Colorado River trips or whitewater rafting tours at the Hualapai Lodge. From March through October.

See a 360° view at Diamond Creek on the Colorado River

The Grand Canyon Skywalk

See the Map with Directions.

Opened in 2007 it is within the Hualapai Tribal land. It is a transparent horseshoe-shaped bridge that curves out and above the Grand Canyon 4,770 ft (1.450 m) above the Colorado River.

The best way to reach it is taking a tour as the roads are not in top conditions.

Read more at the Skywalk website.

Grand Canyon Skywalk

Grand Canyon walls, sky, and the skywalk above a cliff
The Grand Canyon, Colorado River and the Skywalk Arizona

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Lake Havasu City, the lake and London Bridge. Credits

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Banner image: Hackberry General Store, Hackberry, Arizona by Perla Eichenblat
Jack DeVere Rittenhouse, (1946). A Guide Book to Highway 66.

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