Stay in a Tepee in Holbrook

Wigman Motel in Holbook, Arizona

HOLBROOK -- The Wigwam Motel is where memories are born and people from all over the world still carry them around. The motel has 15 units, each shaped like a tepee. It was built by Chester Lewis in 1950 and each unit still has its original furniture, including two full-sized beds, plus a television set capable of receiving at least 50 channels. But there are no … [Read more...]

Leo, the Lost Lion near Tonto Creek

Side view of a Lion walking, Panthera Leo, 10 years old, isolated on white

Charles Lindbergh once inadvertently caused a lion roundup in Arizona's Mazatzal Mountains. In the summer of 1927, MGM Studios hired a stunt pilot to fly Leo, the studio's trademark lion, on a non-stop flight from Los Angeles to New York in an effort to capitalize on the publicity surrounding Lindbergh's successful solo Atlantic crossing. The movie-makers duplicated his plane, … [Read more...]

A Beer Between the Forked Tree in Flagstaff

The Museum Club

FLAGSTAFF -- The Museum Club was beset with a diminishing history for years after it opened in 1931. It was first billed as "the biggest log cabin in the world." Later, it was downsized to "the biggest log cabin in the nation." But eventually, it became "the biggest log cabin in Arizona." Regardless of all that, one thing remains constant -- the front entryway is still the … [Read more...]

A Graveyard for Winged Warriors in Tucson

B-1 Bombers in storage at The Boneyard. Photo from Wikipedia.org.

TUCSON -- Where to old airplanes go to die? The Boneyard. Officially known as the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center, the Boneyard is a central depot for U.S. military planes that have been taken out of service and put into storage. More than 5,000 of them now sit on 2,600 acres in the desert near Davis-Monthan Air Force Base on the outskirts of … [Read more...]

Doubled Up Names in Southern Arizona

Picacho Peak at sunrise. Photo taken by Christopher Morrison.

When translated from Spanish to English and back, two Arizona entities are duplicationally challenged. Picacho Peak, located in southern Pinal County, is one of them because "picacho" is a Spanish word for "peak" or "point." So technically, the name of the place is "Peak Peak" or "Picacho Picacho," depending on which translation is used. Regardless, Picacho Peak was the site … [Read more...]