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Flagstaff in Coconino County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
McMillan Building
1887
 
McMillan Building Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Kirchner, July 7, 2010
1. McMillan Building Marker
 
Inscription. Thomas F. McMillan (also spelled McMillon) was the father of Flagstaff. Born in Tennessee, he sought gold in California and raised sheep in Australia before moving to northern Arizona in 1876. Here he established a sheep ranch and farm just north of the present city. He prospered and became one of the leading stockmen of Arizona. It was at a spring he used as a sheep camp on July 4, 1876, that the Second Boston Party raised the flag staff that gave Flagstaff its name.

McMillan played an important part in the development of Flagstaff. When Coconino County was formed in 1891, he was elected chairman of the Board of Supervisors and helped the county through its formative period. He was the first Postmaster and was a member of the first library board. In 1888 he bought the shell of this building, begun by others in 1887, and completed it.

His first tenants were a bank and a hotel. In 1892 the hotel became the terminus for the Flagstaff-Grand Canyon Stagecoach (see photo). The McMillan Opera House, located on the ground floor, became the premiere place in town to host plays, dances and other events.

The McMillan family moved into the hotel and was living there in 1906 when Thomas F. McMillan died. His widow, Kate, ran it until her death in 1923. Her daughter, Mary "Mamie", married George Fleming in 1916, and
 
McMillan Building Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Denise Boose, July 16, 2012
2. McMillan Building Marker
 
ownership eventually passed into the Fleming family.
 
Erected by Fleming Brothers, Richard & Sherry Mangum and the Main Street Foundation.
 
Location. 35° 11.863′ N, 111° 38.957′ W. Marker is in Flagstaff, Arizona, in Coconino County. Marker is at the intersection of West Route 66 and North Leroux Street, on the right when traveling west on West Route 66. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 West 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 Building (a few steps from this marker); Raymond Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Transcontinental Railroad Centennial (within shouting distance of this marker); Railroad Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); Coconino Chop House (within shouting distance of this marker); Telephone Exchange (within shouting distance of this marker); Aubineau / Andreatos Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Logging Wheels (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Flagstaff.
 
McMillan Building Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Kirchner, July 7, 2010
3. McMillan Building
Photo Displayed on Marker
 
 
McMillan Building Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Kirchner, July 7, 2010
4. McMillan Building
 
 
McMillan Building Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Kirchner, July 7, 2010
5. McMillan Building
Built in 1886 by
Thomas F. McMillan,
Flagstaff's First Settler.
This building has been listed in the
National Register
of Historic Places

as the
Bank Hotel
by the U.S. Dept. of the Interior
 
 
McMillan Building Photo, Click for full size
By Denise Boose, July 16, 2012
6. McMillan Building
 
 
McMillan Building Photo, Click for full size
By Denise Boose, July 16, 2012
7. McMillan Building
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on July 19, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 877 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on July 19, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   2. submitted on October 7, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.   3, 4, 5. submitted on July 19, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   6, 7. submitted on October 7, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
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