Flagstaff Impressions

I moved to Flagstaff in 1978, home and business. I chose to live here as an adult in 1952 when I was nine years old. My family was traveling through Arizona along Highway 66, the original mother road, when we camped along the highway in an area now providing access to Walnut Canyon National Monument. This section of the original highway is still intact. One day while enjoying our picnic lunch under an old Ponderosa Tree I gazed at Mt Elden and the San Francisco Peaks and announced, “This is where I want to live someday!” It stuck. 

This wagon wheel bench has been sitting in front of the Weatherford Hotel on Aspen Avenue, outside of Charly’s Restaurant, as long as I can remember. I think of it as an unofficial welcome symbol for visitors. Recently I walked downtown early in the morning before the usual activity and I took this photo in the dawn sunlight. I love the “ghost town” quiet of that time of day. Artistically interpreted.    http://bit.ly/1FdYZfD

A winter sunrise over Mt. Elden just north of Flagstaff. Cold, temp in the teens. Mt. Elden, called Hovi'itstuyqa by the Hopi tribe, is located just northeast of Flagstaff, Arizona. It takes its name from one of the region's earliest settlers, John Elden, who established a homestead on the mountain’s lower slopes where he let sheep graze on the open grasslands below the dacite slopes during the late 19th century. The mountain’s exposed, rocky slopes are a dominant feature visible from nearly any part of the city, rising steeply to an elevation of 9000 feet. Despite its rugged appearance Mount Elden is easily accessible via a well-developed road and a non-motorized trail system. Artistically interpreted. 

Grand Canyon artistically interpreted.

Grand Canyon Gateway. Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon have been intrinsically connected for over 100 years. From the Beal Road, early Fred Harvey Lodges, the Kolb Brothers, the railroad and more, activity back and forth has been perpetual. Artistic interpretations have been part of this history. I have lived here 40 years and I still visit it on a regular visit. 

Early Flagstaff

Early Flagstaff. There are historical photos of the early days of Flagstaff on display all over town in various venues. Many restaurants, government and the Pioneer Museum are the best. I’m interpreting some of them for this photo album of Flagstaff Impressions. It helps to take an interest in the place where you live if you want to understand how it became what you see today. Early industries and early families migrated here are part of the great western takeover.  

Marking Time

Downtown Clock. A few years ago this classic looking clock appeared above the corner of Aspen Avenue and San Francisco Street. Appropriate since time is a function of this historic part of Flagstaff, combining today the railroad history and today’s busy college atmosphere. Blending the past with the present. Artistically interpreted. Kept accurate time when new, not so much lately, more of a symbol.  

Winter Lighting

San Francisco Peaks. Winter sunlight about 4 PM approaching sunset. Dramatic. Cold air is coming, maybe a snow storm. Majesty. A locally famous herd of mule deer is often seen here in their winter coat, near McMillan Mesa. Its a wonderful time of the year. Artistically interpreted. 

Historic Train Station. Located between the campus of Northern Arizona University (NAU) and historic "old town" Flagstaff, Arizona, is the classic Train Station, almost like the heartbeat of it all. Famous for its cross-gable roof design this famous depot has been here since 1926, same amount of time as the mother highway, Route 66, as they were commissioned in the same year. So, whether you arrive here by rail or car this building was your landmark that you had arrived! A little research will confirm for you how responsible they both are for the development of Flagstaff as it is today. An important part of my Flagstaff Impressions. Artistically interpreted. 

Memories of the steam locomotives

Flagstaff Nostalgia. When our famous train depot was built in 1926 steam driven locomotives were the mode of transportation on the rails. A little research on your part will confirm for you how responsible the railroad was for the development of Flagstaff as it is today. An important part of my Flagstaff Impressions. Artistically interpreted. 

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Inviting inclement weather... Buffalo Park on a rainy day!

Shadow Art! When the sunlight streaming into your hotel room or lobby hits the potted plant just right natural art is created. Happens in the dining room as well. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder of course. You have to be observant. Artistically interpreted. 

Below Freezing

The San Francisco Peaks on the horizon, viewed from the Mormon Lake overlook. It’s sunset in the winter, a winter without snow. End of day sunlight colors everything with a gold tone. Air is cold, below freezing. This moment only lasts for a few minutes. Artistically interpreted.  

Public Activities

Heritage Square, downtown Flagstaff. Actually, this is an outdoor museum filled with historical and geological information. The flagpole base contains actual rocks from the Grand Canyon placed carefully to reflect the geologic layers of the exposed Canyon. This space combines leftover building parts with fresh elements, just like Flagstaff. Several nearby restaurants add to the experience. There are constant public events. Must see.