the wigwam motel in holbrook, arizona

The Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Arizona, adjacent to the old Route 66, was built in 1950 by Chester Lewis, an Arizona motel owner, after he visited Frank A. Redford’s Wigwam Village in Cave City, Kentucky. It is one of seven wigwam villages built from the 1930s to the 1950s from Florida to California. Its concrete wigwams are actual hotel rooms, and the parking lot is seeded with vintage cars.


Red Ford


Red Ford

The Wigwam Motel was closed in 1982 and Chester Lewis died in 1986.  Two years later, his widow and children restored and reopened 15 rooms.  Since May 2, 2002, it has been on the National Register of Historic Places.


Wigwam Motel


Wigwam Motel

I love nostalgic American places such as this because they remind me of my childhood growing up in the 1950s-1970s. It seems nostalgia buffs come here to Holbrook to visit this place from all over the country.


Studebaker at the Wigwam Motel


Chevrolet at the Wigwam Motel


Studebaker, petrified log and wigwam


Volkswagen at the Wigwam Motel


Wigwam Motel


Wigwam Motel


Wigwam Motel


Wigwam Motel


Wigwam Motel


Wigwam Motel


Wigwam Motel


Wigwam Motel


camper van at the Wigwam Motel


Wigwam Motel


Wigwam Motel


Wigwam Motel

During my trip here in May, I didn’t stay in this hotel, as I didn’t even know about it until the ranger at Petrified Forest National Park told me about it. I had so much fun walking around the parking lot taking photos of the wigwams and the vintage cars.  Two women were sitting on chairs outside one of the rooms and when I exclaimed how cute it was, they let me take a look inside their room.  It was very small, but staying here must certainly be an experience to remember.

I stayed down the road at Brad’s Desert Inn, which was cute in its own right.


* Monday, May 14, 2018 *


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