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Flagstaff in Coconino County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Donahue Building

1888

 
 
Donahue Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 7, 2010
1. Donahue Building Marker
Inscription. This building for many years was the home of J. J. "Sandy" Donahue's famous Senate Saloon. After earlier frame buildings on the site had been destroyed by fire, Donahue built the present brick structure in 1888.

An important figure in Flagstaff's early history, Donahue held public office and participated in many civic improvements; but he was also a free-wheeling gambler, drinker and spender. Donahue became overextended and lost the property on a mortgage foreclosure.

A small number of Chinese lived in Flagstaff from its earlier days and quietly contributed to the success of the town, saving the money they earned by hard work in laundries and restaurants until they could buy land. In 1924, the ownership of this site passed into the hands of Chinese families who ran it as a cafe. Over the years it was known as the Mandarin, Royal and Rose Tree Cafe.

The brick face was covered with stucco in the 1940's, at about the same time that the Rose Tree became a saloon.
 
Erected by Jake & Meryl Horine, Richard & Sherry Mangum and the Main Street Foundation.
 
Location. 35° 11.848′ N, 111° 38.897′ W. Marker is in Flagstaff, Arizona, in Coconino County. Marker is on East Route 66 west of South
Donahue Building and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 7, 2010
2. Donahue Building and Marker
San Francisco Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 22 East Route 66, Flagstaff AZ 86001, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Aubineau / Andreatos Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Coconino Chop House (within shouting distance of this marker); "The Gandy Dancer" (within shouting distance of this marker); Ricket & Brooks Bldg. (within shouting distance of this marker); Aubineau Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Raymond Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Railroad Depot (about 300 feet away); Verkamp Building (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Flagstaff.
 
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Donahue Building image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 7, 2010
3. Donahue Building
Photo Displayed on Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 903 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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