Route 40/66 – Holbrook, Arizona

Holbrook, Arizona, is a city on Interstate 40. It is located in eastern Arizona within close proximity to a number of Indian reservations and serves as the gateway to Petrified Forest National Park.

Holbrook has been around since the late 1800s. Founded by the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad (they named the town after their chief engineer) Holbrook was known at that time for being ranch country. Frontiersmen would come to Holbrook to set up and run their ranches. And where there are ranches… there are cattle and cattle rustlers… and of course it’s share of famous shootouts. One shootout ocurred at the Blevins House between the local sheriff and some cattle rustlers… The Blevins House still stands.

I would venture a guess that Holbrook’s biggest and most well known claim to fame is that it is also on Old Route 66… the Mother Road. I stopped in Holbrook on my drive back West and took many photos of the old motel and restaurant signs and murals.

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