Flagstaff in Coconino County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
John Weatherford, who was raised in Weatherford, Texas, came to Flagstaff in 1886. He decided to stay here because he fell in love with the San Francisco Peaks at first sight. He tried his hand in several occupations, everything from saloon keeper to livery stable operator. Finally he found his niche in the men’s clothing business, operating a “gents’ furnishing” store for many years. He was active in political, social and civic affairs.
In 1898, he built the first part of this building, at 21 N. Leroux Street. His store was on the ground floor and the Weatherford family lived upstairs. In 1899, he added the second portion, at 23 N. Leroux, on the corner. He tied the two halves of the building together and called the unified structure the Weatherford Hotel. It opened for business on January 1, 1900, bringing the Twentieth Century to Flagstaff.
From the time of it’s opening, the Weatherford has been a downtown centerpiece. For many years it was the finest hotel in town, and housed such famous guests as Zane Grey, William Randolph Hearst and Theodore Roosevelt.
As it aged, the hotel fell into decline,
Erected 1978 by Henry Taylor & Pamela Sam Green, and Richard & Sherry Mangum, and Main Street Foundation.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #26 Theodore Roosevelt series list.
Location. 35° 11.904′ N, 111° 38.929′ W. Marker is in Flagstaff, Arizona, in Coconino County. Marker is on North Leroux Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 23 North Leroux Street, Flagstaff AZ 86001, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Telephone Exchange (within shouting distance of this marker); Flagstaff's Founding (within shouting distance of this marker); Raymond Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Aubineau Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); McMillan Building (about 300 feet away); Coconino Chop House (about 300 feet away); Aubineau / Andreatos Building (about 300 feet away); Babbitt Brothers Building (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Flagstaff.
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