Early Route 66 History In the early 20th century Route 66 or US Highway 66 was one of main arteries for settlers seeking new opportunities, tourists discovering America, and home to new and influential businesses across the country. In one way or another, we have all likely experienced the iconic nature of historic Route 66 in some way. However, what many of us don’t know is that the route that was one Route 66 began

Oftentimes, early American histories focus on primarily white and relatively wealthy men and the stories of women and minorities are kept in the shadows. However, there are so many rich and interesting tales to be found in those shadows, including the story of Sharlot Hall. In many ways, she can be considered the mother of Arizona History and, even more, the reason behind the borders and perhaps even the existence of our state today. Let’s

In 1975, one of Flagstaff’s earliest and most devoted skiers married the very first female Forest Service Snow Ranger in the United States. Their story of love and devotion, to snow sports and to each other, is one for the ages. Gertrude “Jerry” Nunn Let’s start with Gertrude “Jerry” Colburn Nunn, a true ski pioneer. At the age of 14 years old in Sacramento, CA, Jerry was introduced to skiing by a girlfriend. She was

February is Black History Month and in honor of this tradition let us explore the Cleo Murdoch Center Mural & the Stories behind the images. —– While driving down Butler Avenue in Flagstaff, AZ, it would be hard not to notice the big and beautiful mural on the side of The Murdoch Center. However, how many of us actually know the history behind this mural, the building it is painted on, and its significance to

In the beginning, there was mere survival. To the early residents of Flagstaff, the winter and its commonly heavy snow storms were a thing to be endured until the return of spring and a slightly easier way of life. Things like hiking, hunting, horseback riding, sledding, and snowshoeing were mere tools for hauling goods, gathering water, wrangling sheep and cattle, or for transportation. Strictly utilitarian.  Of course, as we know, life cannot remain all work