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Follow the old-timey Burma Shave signs to Ash Fork, the historic hometown of Arizona State Historian Marshall Trimble.
American Indians, Spanish conquistadors, fur trappers, and traders have all traversed Ash Fork. But Ash Fork got its big boost when the Atlanta and Pacific Railroad, the forerunner of the Santa Fe Railroad, came to town. The General Superintendent of the railroad gave it the name for its many ash trees.
West of Flagstaff, the high desert town of Ash Fork has the good fortune to be surrounded by national forests. But it also had the bad fortune of burning to the ground in 1893. Rebuilt by its industrious citizens, it came to be known as the “Flagstone Capital of the World” for the rock quarried for its bridges and buildings.
The Ash Fork Route 66 Museum, operated by the town’s active historical society, has an eclectic collection of objects displayed in indoor and outdoor exhibits, including a full-scale model of the now-defunct Escalante Hotel. And don’t forget to get your Route 66 passport stamped!
901 Old Rte 66 | Ash Fork, AZ | (602) 637-2308 |
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