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Seligman owes history to railroad
Historic Route 66

The Snow Cap Drive-In is a popular dining spot for Route 66 enthusiasts. Photo opportunities are abudant on the property, and the malts are to die for.<br>
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The Snow Cap Drive-In is a popular dining spot for Route 66 enthusiasts. Photo opportunities are abudant on the property, and the malts are to die for.<br> <i>File/WGCN</i>

When it comes to traveling on historic Route 66, a must-stop for travelers is Seligman, a charming little town about 100 miles from Grand Canyon.

Seligman was originally a railroad town, founded in 1886. A first stop might be at the historical Cottage Hotel and the Fred Harvey building, located in the center of town. The Cottage Hotel dates back to the 1920s and is maintained as a museum.

Watch for the flags at Westside Lilo's Cafe. Lilo's serves generous portions of American and German food in a casual atmosphere.

On the east end of town is the Snow Cap Drive-In, an old-style hamburger stand. There, photographers will find such treasures as a permanently decorated Christmas tree in the back of a 1930s convertible, along with three decorated "air-conditioned" outhouses that are equipped with modern building plumbing, music and televisions.

On the west end of town about a mile away is the Horse Hotel, located next to Arizona's Famous OK Saloon. This is another photo opportunity with a Western town façade, an 1860 territorial jailhouse, a real buffalo, miniature horses and old farm relics.

Back in 1978, things looked bleak for Seligman because Interstate 40 bypassed Route 66. Nine years later, Angel Delgadillo, local barber, lobbied Arizona officials to designate Route 66 as an historical highway and since then, the Mother Road's popularity skyrocketed. The Delgadillo family operates the Route 66 Visitor Center.

The old road goes west out of Seligman and crosses Aubrey Valley. There in the valley as well as at Aubrey Cliffs, there are many types of wildlife, including eagles and hawks, waiting for someone to come by with a camera.

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