About Flagstaff, Arizona
Known as the initial International Dark-Sky City in the world, Flagstaff is the seat of the Coconino County in the state of Arizona. The city is located in Northern Arizona and is in the southwestern part of the country. It has a total land area consisting of 63.6 sq. mi. and located about 80 miles south of the Grand Canyon. The city got his name from a Ponderosa Pine flagpole that was made by the Second Boston Party during the United States Centennial celebration held in 1876. In 1876, Thomas F. McMillan constructed a cabin that can be found at the bottom of Mars Hill. This can be found on the west portion of the town and this was the start of the first settlement in the area. Cattle, sheep, and timber were the first industries of Flagstaff. The city was incorporated in 1928. Flagstaff is the home of the Northern Arizona University, which was formerly known as Northern Arizona Normal School when it was founded in 1899. The city is home to the United States Geological Survey Flagstaff Station, The US Naval Observatory, and the famous Lowell Observatory. Founded in 1894, Lowell Observatory is included in the oldest observatories in the United States and became part of the National Historic Landmark in 1965. Flagstaff has industrial parks and other landmarks. In the downtown area you will find the two historic hotels in the city, the Hotel Monte Vista and Weatherford Hotel. Hotel Monte Vista is a popular entertainment venue in the city, located just one block north of US Route 66 and was built in 1926.