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Holbrook, Arizona

In 1881, the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad laid its tracks through an area that was known as Horsehead Crossing. The following year a railroad station was built and the small settlement was called Holbrook in honor of H.R. Holbrook, the first chief engineer of the railroad. A year later, when the first post office opened, James H. Wilson became its first postmaster.

Primarily called home to cowboys, cattle ranchers and railroaders, the settlement soon took on all the vices of a typical Wild West town, complete with a saloon called the Bucket of Blood. Law and order were non-existent, gambling was popular, and painted ladies far outnumbered "proper women.”

Many years later, Route 66 would barrel through town giving the community a whole new flavor.

Aztec Cowboys, 1877

Aztec Cowboys, 1877

Commodore Perry Owens, lawman

Commodore Perry Owens, lawman

Holbrook, AZ - 1898 Navajo County Jail

Holbrook, AZ - 1898 Navajo County Jail

Holbrook, AZ - Arizona Rancho

Holbrook, AZ - Arizona Rancho

Holbrook, AZ - Arizona Rancho - 2

Holbrook, AZ - Arizona Rancho - 2

Holbrook, AZ - Arizona Rancho - 3

Holbrook, AZ - Arizona Rancho - 3

Holbrook, AZ - Arizona Rancho - 4

Holbrook, AZ - Arizona Rancho - 4

Holbrook, AZ - Arizona Rancho - 5

Holbrook, AZ - Arizona Rancho - 5

Holbrook, AZ - Arizona Rancho - Doors

Holbrook, AZ - Arizona Rancho - Doors

Holbrook, AZ - Bug Shop

Holbrook, AZ - Bug Shop

Holbrook, AZ - Cafe

Holbrook, AZ - Cafe

Holbrook, AZ - Desert Inn

Holbrook, AZ - Desert Inn

Holbrook, AZ - Dino 66

Holbrook, AZ - Dino 66

Holbrook, AZ - Geronimo's Trading Post

Holbrook, AZ - Geronimo's Trading Post

Holbrook, AZ - Globetrotter Lodge Sign

Holbrook, AZ - Globetrotter Lodge Sign

Holbrook, AZ - Horsehead Crossing Shop

Holbrook, AZ - Horsehead Crossing Shop

Holbrook, AZ - Indian Rock Shop

Holbrook, AZ - Indian Rock Shop

Holbrook, AZ - Old Navaho County Courthouse

Holbrook, AZ - Old Navaho County Courthouse

Holbrook, AZ - Old Town

Holbrook, AZ - Old Town

Holbrook, AZ - Old Town - 2

Holbrook, AZ - Old Town - 2