“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Flagstaff in Coconino County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)


Flagstaff Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 7, 2010
1. Flagstaff Marker
Inscription. Named for a pine tree stripped of its branches by a party of immigrants and used as a flagpole for a patriotic celebration on July 4, 1876. Nearby Antelope or Old Town Spring provided water and led to the establishment of a railroad construction camp when the Atlantic & Pacific pushed west in 1882.
Erected 1961 by Arizona Development Board.
Location. 35° 11.871′ N, 111° 39.031′ W. Marker is in Flagstaff, Arizona, in Coconino County. Marker is at the intersection of Route 66 and South Beaver Street, on the right when traveling east on Route 66. Touch for map. Marker is on the southwest corner. Marker is in this post office area: Flagstaff AZ 86001, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Logging Wheels (within shouting distance of this marker); McMillan Building (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Transcontinental Railroad Centennial (about 400 feet away); Railroad Depot (about 400 feet away); Aubineau Building (about 400 feet away); Raymond Building (about 400 feet away); Telephone Exchange (about 500 feet away); Coconino Chop House (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Flagstaff.
Regarding Flagstaff.
Flagstaff Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 7, 2010
2. Flagstaff Marker
From the Flagstaff Convention and Visitor Bureau:
Early History of Flagstaff - Between 1856 and 1870, Lt. Edward Beale scouted a trail across the Southwest that would later bear his name. In 1876, a group of pioneers traveling the Beale road stopped on the Fourth of July and made camp at a spring in the shadow of the San Francisco Peaks. To celebrate the centennial of the nation, they stripped the limbs from a tall pine and raised the flag. Over the years, many travelers stopped near the tall "flag-staff," these pioneers had raised and the name stuck.
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