Seligman, birthplace of historic U.S. Route 66, is in

Yavapai County at the junction of Route 66 and Interstate 40, and

is equal driving distance from Flagstaff, Kingman and Prescott. The

community is 75 miles north of Prescott, the county seat.

Seligman was known as Mint Valley to pioneers on the Beale

Wagon Road and as Prescott Junction during the early railroad

years. The town was renamed Seligman by officials of the A & P

Railroad (which later became the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe line)

to honor Jesse Seligman, a prominent New York banker responsible

for financing railroad construction and companies. J. & W. Seligman

& Company remains a prestigious investment firm headquartered in

New York. The first post office was erected in 1886. Seligman, at a

5,242- foot elevation, celebrated its Centennial in 1986 and is unincorporated.

 

Seligman's motels, restaurants and service stations on Historic Route

66 provide the main sources of community income by serving residents,

tourists and hunters passing through Arizona on I-40. In

November 1987, the State of Arizona dedicated old U.S. Route 66

from Seligman to Kingman as Historic Route 66, due to the efforts

of the Seligman Chamber of Commerce. The dedication will assure

the preservation of the longest remaining stretch of old Route 66

left in the United States and an increase in tourism in northwest

Arizona.

 

Seligman also serves as a supply center for the cattle ranching operations

in the area. The Santa Fe Railway adds to the town's economic

livelihood by maintaining facilities that serve its main line,

which passes through Seligman.

 

A multi-million dollar expansion of the facilities of the mine operated

by the Chemstar Company, 25 miles west of Seligman, has

brought in many new families and increased job opportunities and

business in the community.

 

Many of Arizona's scenic attractions are readily accessible from

Seligman. The Grand Canyon, one of the natural wonders of the

world, is a two-hour drive from Seligman. Located west of

Seligman, just off Historic Route 66, are the Grand Canyon Caverns

and the Supai Indian Village in Havasupai Canyon. The Prescott,

Kaibab and Coconino National Forests are all within a short distance

of the community and offer recreational opportunities including

hunting and fishing, scenic drives and camping. Also located in the

national forests are Indian ruins, wilderness and natural areas, and

several national monuments. Winter sports activities are available

in nearby Williams at the Bill Williams Ski Area and at the

San Francisco Peaks, north of Flagstaff.