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On July 4, 1876, members of the Second Boston Party made camp at Antelope Spring on their way to California. To celebrate the country's centennial, the men prepared a ponderosa pine tree by stripping it of its branches and creating a flagpole. With the arrival of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad in 1882, this "flag staff" was once again discovered. The area was growing in population, so it became necessary to establish a post office. Many names were proposed for the new town, such as "Antelope City" and "Flagpole," but the name "Flag Staff" fit best. As an oasis in the middle of the southwest desert, Flagstaff has been a hub for many attractions surrounding the city, prompting visitors to send news of their experiences via a picture postcard. Many of the cards in this volume have messages and postmarks that help show a glimpse of what life was like in Arizona's High Country.
ISBN: 9780738585109
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Arizona
Series: Postcard History Series
Images: 215
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
John G. DeGraff III has been a passionate collector of Flagstaff postcards for many years, and this volume contains more than 180 historic postcards from his personal archive. His collection is comprised of hundreds of postcards of northern Arizona, and he also coauthored Images of America: Flagstaff.
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