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Flagstaff is a city in and the of in northern , in the southwestern United States. In 2015, the city's estimated population was 70,320. Flagstaff's combined metropolitan area has an estimated population of 139,097. The city is named after a flagpole made by a scouting party from (known as the "Second Boston Party") to celebrate the United States Centennial on July 4, 1876. 86001-86005-86004, 86011 ID(s) , Major airport Website Flagstaff lies near the southwestern edge of the , along the western side of the largest contiguous forest in the continental United States.
Flagstaff is next to , just south of the , the highest mountain range in the state of Arizona. , the highest point in Arizona at 12,633 feet (3,851 m), is about 10 miles (16 km) north of Flagstaff in . Flagstaff's early economy was based on the , , and industries. Today, the city remains an important distribution hub for companies such as , and is home to , , the Flagstaff Station, and .
Flagstaff has a strong sector, due to its proximity to , , the , , and historic . The city is also a center for medical device manufacturing, since Flagstaff is home to . Flagstaff ca. 1899; view of Post Office and other buildings on Terrace Street There are several stories and legends about the origin of the city's name.
Surveyors, prospectors, and investors had traveled through the area in the mid- to late-19th century, and the act of stripping a pine tree to fly an American flag has been attributed to several individuals over a twenty-year span. It is said that, because of the flag that was raised, the area surrounding it became known as Flagstaff. The first permanent settlement was in 1876, when Thomas F. McMillan built a cabin at the base of Mars Hill on the west side of town. During the 1880s, Flagstaff began to grow, opening its first post office and attracting the industry.
The early economy was based on , , and . By 1886, Flagstaff was the largest city on the railroad line between and the west coast of the United States.
A circa 1900 diary entry by described the houses in the city as a "third rate mining camp", with unkempt air and high prices of available goods. In 1894, Massachusetts hired to scout an ideal site for a new . Douglass, impressed by Flagstaff's elevation, named it as an ideal location for the now famous , saying: "other things being equal, the higher we can get the better".
Two years later, the specially designed 24-inch (610 mm) Clark telescope that Lowell had ordered was installed. In 1930, was discovered using one of the observatory's telescopes.
In 1955 the U.S. joined the growing astronomical presence, and established the , where Pluto's satellite, , was discovered in 1978. During the in the 1960s, the Clark Telescope was used to map the moon for the lunar expeditions, enabling the mission planners to choose a safe landing site for the lunar modules. In homage to the city's importance in the field of , is named for the city, and for the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra. Northern Arizona University's Old Main building The Northern Arizona Normal School was established in 1899, renamed in 1966.
Flagstaff's cultural history received a significant boost on April 11, 1899, when the Flagstaff Symphony made its concert debut at Babbitt's Opera House. The orchestra continues today as the , with its primary venue at the Ardrey Auditorium on the campus of Northern Arizona University.
The city grew rapidly, primarily due to its location along the east–west transcontinental railroad line in the United States.
In the 1880s, the railroads purchased land in the west from the , which was then sold to individuals to help finance the railroad projects. : 65-67 By the 1890s, Flagstaff found itself along one of the busiest railroad corridors in the U.S., with 80–100 trains travelling through the city every day, destined for Chicago, Los Angeles, and elsewhere.
: 96–97 Old Coconino County Courthouse from Birch Avenue, June 2005 was completed in 1926 and ran through Flagstaff. Flagstaff was incorporated as a city in 1928, and in 1929, the city's first , the Motel Du Beau, was built at the intersection of Beaver Street and Phoenix Avenue. The Daily Sun described the motel as "a hotel with garages for the better class of motorists." The units originally rented for $2.60 to $5.00 each, with baths, toilets, double beds, carpets, and furniture.
: 244–245 Flagstaff went on to become a popular tourist stop along Route 66, particularly due to its proximity to the . Flagstaff grew and prospered through the 1960s. During the 1970s and 1980s, however, many businesses started to move from the city center, and the downtown area entered an economic and social decline.
and left the downtown area in 1979 to open up as anchor stores in the new Flagstaff Mall, joined in 1986 by . By 1987, the Babbitt Brothers Trading Company, a retail fixture in Flagstaff since 1891, closed its doors at Aspen Avenue and San Francisco Street.
: 161–167 The was added to the in 1983. In 1987, the city drafted a new master plan, also known as the Growth Management Guide 2000, which would transform downtown Flagstaff from a shopping and trade center into a regional center for finance, office use, and government.
The city built a new , , and the Administrative Building in the downtown district, staking an investment by the local government for years to come. In 1992, the city hired a new , Dave Wilcox, who had previously worked at revitalizing the downtown areas of and . During the 1990s, the downtown area underwent a revitalization, many of the city sidewalks were repaved with decorative brick facing, and a different mix of shops and restaurants opened up to take advantage of the area's historical appeal.
On October 24, 2001, Flagstaff was recognized by the as the world's first "International Dark-Sky City." In 2012, Flagstaff was officially named "America’s First STEM Community" (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) by Flagstaff Mayor Jerry Nabours. Flagstaff is located at . According to the , the city has a total area of 63.9 square miles (165.5 km 2), of which only 0.03 square miles (0.08 km 2) (0.08%) is water. At 7,000 feet (2,130 m) elevation, next to the largest contiguous forest in , Flagstaff is on a mountain surrounded by volcanoes, in the heart of the Coconino national forest.
Any type of desert climate can be found below its elevation 100 miles from Flagstaff. The city is situated on the , and is about 130 miles (210 km) north of . Cityscape San Francisco Peaks from Flagstaff Downtown Flagstaff lies immediately to the east of Mars Hill, the location of . Streets in the downtown area are laid out in a grid pattern, parallel to and the , running east–west through the city. Milton Road branches off from Route 66 west of downtown, and travels south, adjacent to the Northern Arizona University campus, to the junction of and .
Milton Road becomes I-17. A road called Beulah Boulevard, which also runs south, becomes , and travels through to . Traveling north from downtown, Fort Valley Road () connects with the Museum of Northern Arizona, , and . Traveling east from downtown, Route 66 and the railroad run in parallel toward East Flagstaff (and beyond), at the base of . Much of Flagstaff's industry is east of downtown, adjacent to the railroad tracks, as well as in East Flagstaff.
Several towns are close to Flagstaff along and . Approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) south are the small urban areas of (west of I-17) and (east of I-17; 2 miles (3.2 km)). About 35 miles (56 km) to the west is , 20 miles (32 km) to the south is , and 30 miles (48 km) to the south on Arizona Highway 89A is . 15 miles (24 km) to the east of Flagstaff is the town of , mentioned in the famous song, .
Climate View of Flagstaff from Mars Hill Flagstaff has a rather dry semi-continental climate ( Dsb/ Csb). Flagstaff has five distinct seasons: a cold and snowy winter, with extended dry periods punctuated by deep snows about once every 3–4 weeks; a dry and windy spring with occasional snows; a very dry and warm early summer from May to early July; a wet monsoon season from July to early September; and a dry and pleasant fall which lasts until the first snows in November.
The combination of high elevation and low humidity provide mild weather conditions throughout most of the year. The predominantly clear air and high elevation radiates daytime heating effectively resulting in overnight temperatures generally much lower than the daytime temperature. This means a 55 degree day in January can drop to 15 at night.
Winter nights in fact can be extremely cold, with temperatures dropping below 0 °F (−17.8 °C) on 5 to 6 nights per year. Winter weather patterns in Flagstaff are cyclonic and frontal in nature, originating in the eastern Pacific Ocean. These deliver periodic, widespread snowfall followed by extended periods of sunny weather.
The area's generally stable weather pattern is broken by brief, but often intense, afternoon downpours and dramatic thunderstorms common during the of July and August.
Summer temperatures are moderate and high temperatures average around 82 °F (27.8 °C). Extreme temperatures range from −30 °F (−34.4 °C) on January 22, 1937 up to 97 °F (36.1 °C) on July 5, 1973, respectively. The weather in Flagstaff is generally sunny, with much more sunshine than other snowy cities like New York City, Chicago, Boston and even Denver. Flagstaff is the only city in Arizona never to have reported temperatures of 100 °F (38 °C) or higher.
The annual snowfall averages 100.3 inches (254.76 cm), placing Flagstaff among the snowiest incorporated cities in the United States. Overall, the city features an average of 277 days without measurable precipitation each year.
Despite snowstorms often being spread weeks apart, snow often covers the ground for weeks after major winter storms due to the low night temperatures refreezing the snowpack, even when daytime temperatures are above freezing. The maximum daily snow cover has been 83 inches (210.82 cm) on December 20, 1967, although the mean maximum for a full winter is only 20 inches (50.80 cm) and the lowest maximum only 6 inches (15.24 cm) in the dry winter of 1955–56.
However, due to the infrequent and scattered nature of the snowstorms, persistent snow pack into spring is rare. One notable exception occurred during the severe winter of 1915–16, when successive Pacific storms buried the city under over 70 inches (177.80 cm) of snow, and some residents were snowbound in their homes for several days. Climate data for , Arizona (1981–2010 normals, extremes 1898–present) Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year Record high °F (°C) 66 (19) 71 (22) 73 (23) 80 (27) 89 (32) 96 (36) 97 (36) 93 (34) 91 (33) 85 (29) 74 (23) 68 (20) 97 (36) Average high °F (°C) 42.5 (5.8) 44.8 (7.1) 50.4 (10.2) 58.2 (14.6) 68.1 (20.1) 77.9 (25.5) 81.2 (27.3) 78.4 (25.8) 72.9 (22.7) 62.0 (16.7) 50.5 (10.3) 42.5 (5.8) 60.8 (16) Average low °F (°C) 17.3 (−8.2) 19.3 (−7.1) 23.6 (−4.7) 28.5 (−1.9) 35.0 (1.7) 41.9 (5.5) 50.9 (10.5) 50.1 (10.1) 42.0 (5.6) 31.5 (−0.3) 22.9 (−5.1) 16.8 (−8.4) 31.7 (−0.2) Record low °F (°C) −30 (−34) −23 (−31) −16 (−27) −2 (−19) 7 (−14) 22 (−6) 32 (0) 24 (−4) 20 (−7) −2 (−19) −13 (−25) −23 (−31) −30 (−34) Average inches (mm) 2.05 (52) 2.16 (55) 2.12 (54) 1.15 (29) 0.63 (16) 0.36 (9) 2.61 (66) 3.11 (79) 2.38 (60) 1.66 (42) 1.76 (45) 1.87 (47) 21.86 (554) Average snowfall inches (cm) 23.2 (59) 20.9 (53) 20.7 (53) 7.1 (18) 0.7 (2) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) trace 1.5 (4) 10.7 (27) 16.9 (43) 101.7 (258) Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 7.6 8.1 8.2 5.8 4.5 2.6 11.6 14.0 7.9 5.5 4.9 7.0 87.7 Average snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 7.5 6.9 6.6 3.0 0.8 0 0 0 0 0.6 3.0 6.5 34.9 Average (%) 61.9 59.5 54.9 46.5 39.4 33.6 51.1 58.1 54.7 52.6 56.9 60.6 52.5 Mean monthly 231.7 228.6 286.3 321.0 369.5 371.8 324.2 311.9 298.5 282.8 229.3 219.8 3,475.4 Percent 74 75 77 82 85 86 73 75 80 81 74 72 78 Source: NOAA (relative humidity 1961–1990, sun 1973–1990) Census Pop.
%± 964 — 1,271 31.8% 1,633 28.5% 3,186 95.1% 3,891 22.1% 5,080 30.6% 7,663 50.8% 18,214 137.7% 26,117 43.4% 34,743 33.0% 45,857 32.0% 52,894 15.3% 65,870 24.5% Est. 2016 71,459 8.5% U.S. Decennial Census According to the , the population of the city was 65,870. The population density was 831.9 people per square mile (321.2/km²). There were 26,254 housing units at an average density of 336.5 per square mile (129.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 73.4% , 1.9% , 11.7% , 1.9% , 0.2% , 7.3% from , and 3.6% from two or more races.
18.4% of the population were of any race. The city's African American population is considerably lower than the U.S. average (1.9% versus 12.6%), while the Native American population is markedly higher (11.7% vs. 0.9%). This is primarily attributable to the city's proximity to several , including the , , , and . Flagstaff's Native American community is chiefly Navajo, and there are about 5,500 people of Navajo ancestry living in the city. As of 2000, there were 19,306 households out of which 32.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.0% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.9% were non-families.
23.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.13. The age distribution was 24.3% under the age of 18, 21.7% from 18 to 24, 30.5% from 25 to 44, 18.2% from 45 to 64, and 5.3% who were 65 years of age or older.
The median age was 27 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.4 males. The median income for a household in the city was $37,146, and the median income for a family was $48,427. Males had a median income of $31,973 versus $24,591 for females. The for the city was $18,637. About 10.6% of families and 17.4% of the population were below the , including 17.6% of those under age 18 and 7.0% of those age 65 or over.
As a college town, Flagstaff's population is considerably more educated than the U.S. average. 89.8% of the population has a high school diploma or higher, while the national average is 80.4%.
39.4% of the population has a bachelor's degree or higher, compared to the national average of 24.4%. Crime For 2012, the indicated for Flagstaff a rate of 262 cases of violent crime per 100,000 population and 2,834 cases of property crime per 100,000 population. A 1988 Arizona state law made it a crime to be "present in a public place to beg." The Flagstaff Police Department and City Attorney aggressively enforced this law, which resulted in a First Amendment lawsuit filed on June 25, 2013.
The filed the lawsuit on behalf of , in addition to three people who were arrested, threatened with arrest, or feared being arrested for "loitering to beg." On October 4, 2013, U.S.
District Court Judge Neil Wake overturned the law. travels through downtown Flagstaff. The rail and freight industries have long been a part of the city's economy. In its early days, the city's economic base comprised the , , and industries. Today, that has largely been replaced by , , , and .
Some of the larger employers in Flagstaff are , the , and the Flagstaff Unified School District. Tourism is a large contributor to the economy, as the city receives over 5 million visitors per year. Scientific and high tech research and development operations are in the city, including the , , the (NOFS) and the 's (USGS) Flagstaff campus. Lowell Observatory continues to be an active astronomical observatory and a popular visitors center which hosts educational displays and tours.
It has a distributed network of small telescopes which together create images of celestial bodies with much higher resolutions than any other single telescope can produce. Research is involved in observations of near-Earth phenomena such as and . The observatory is also involved in a 30 million project with the to build the , a sophisticated, ground-based telescope with advanced optical capabilities for future projects.
Lowell Observatory and NOFS are also collaborators on the major project, the , on nearby Anderson Mesa. NOFS is heavily involved with the science of and , or the positions and distances of stars and celestial objects. Purina PetCare building in Flagstaff There are five industrial parks in the city, situated near and . Major manufacturers in Flagstaff include , widely known as the maker of ; , manufacturer of pet food; SCA Tissue, a major producer; and Joy Cone, manufacturer of ice cream cones.
operated a distribution center in the city until 2014. With proximity to , the city also has a thriving travel and tourism industry, with numerous hotel and restaurant chains. The downtown area is home to two historic hotels, the and the . The first hotel of the chain opened in 1954 at the intersection of , and adjacent to what was then Arizona State College (now Northern Arizona University).
The original building is still intact, operating as a . The in downtown Flagstaff features a wide variety of concerts and other performances. Flagstaff has an active cultural scene. The city is home to the , which plays concerts from September through April at Ardrey Auditorium on the NAU campus.
The city also attracts folk and contemporary acoustic musicians, and offers several annual music festivals during the summer months, such as the Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music Festival, the Flagstaff Music Festival, and Pickin' in the Pines, a three-day bluegrass and acoustic music festival held at the Pine Mountain Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill Fairgrounds.
Popular bands play throughout the year at the , and free concerts are held during the summer months at Heritage Square. Flagstaff is home to an active theatre scene, featuring several groups. Northern Arizona University Department of Theatre is an active and successful theatre program that produces quality productions for the community as well as the campus.
The department has won many prestigious awards including multiple invitations to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. NAU Theatre performs in two facilities including the Clifford E. White Theatre (named for long-time Theatre professor Clifford E. White) and the Studio Theatre. Both facilities are housed in the Fine and Performing Arts Building on campus. The season includes four mainstage and numerous second stage productions and a summer collaboration with Theatrikos Theatre Company.
Theatrikos, a local community theater company, was founded in 1972 in the basement of the , and today puts on six major productions per year. In 2002, the company moved into a new venue now known as the Doris-Harper White Community Playhouse, a downtown building which was built in 1923 as an and later became the Flagstaff library.
Since 1995, the Flagstaff Light Opera Company has performed a variety of and light productions throughout the year at the Sinagua Middle/School auditorium. There are several dance companies in Flagstaff, including Coconino Community College Dance Program, Northern Arizona Preparatory Company and Canyon Movement, which present periodic concerts and collaborate with the Flagstaff Symphony for free concerts during the summer and holiday seasons.
A variety of weekend festivals occur throughout the year. The annual Northern Arizona Book Festival, held in the spring, brings together nationally known authors to read and display their works. The Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival is held every October, and features a variety of independent films and documentaries focusing on extreme sports, environmental issues, and global topics. The festival is four days long and consists of several sessions of films. The screenings are held at the Orpheum Theater in the historic downtown area.
The summer months feature several festivals, including Hopi and Navajo Festivals of Arts and Crafts, the Arizona Highland Celtic Festival, in the Pines, and the Made in the Shade Beer Tasting Festival. For more than 20 years Flagstaff has hosted the 10-day Flagstaff Festival of Science in September.
It is a family event which features open houses, lectures, informal talks, and hands-on activities at area museums, observatories, other scientific facilities, and the university. In-school programs also are an important part of the festival. The festival begins with the annual Eugene Shoemaker keynote address. Guest speakers have included famous astronauts, arctic explorers, storm chasers, and scientists from many disciplines.
The Coconino County Fair is held every September at the Fort Tuthill County Fairgrounds, featuring a , livestock auction, carnival rides, and other activities. , New Year's Eve On , people gather around the as a 70-pound, 6-foot (1.8 m) tall, metallic is dropped from the roof at midnight. The tradition originated in 1999, when Henry Taylor and Sam Green (owners of the Weatherford Hotel), decorated a garbage can with paint, lights, and pine cones, and dropped it from the roof of their building to mark the new .
By 2003 the event had become tradition, and the current metallic pine cone was designed and built by Frank Mayorga of Mayorga Welding in Flagstaff. The includes displays of the biology, archeology, photography, anthropology, and native art of the . The is a 200-acre (81 ha) featuring 2,500 species of drought-tolerant native plants representative of the high-desert region. , which originally ran between Chicago and Los Angeles, greatly increased the accessibility to the area, and enhanced the culture and tourism in Flagstaff.
Route 66 remains a historic route, passing through the city between , and . In early September, the city hosts an annual event, Route 66 Days, to highlight its connection to the famous highway. 's , home to Lumberjack football, basketball, and other collegiate sports There are no major-league professional sports teams based in Flagstaff. However, from 1988 to 2012 (with the exception of the 2005 season, due to an outbreak of a flu-like ), the of the held their summer training camp at . The NAU training camp location has been cited as one of the top five training camps in the NFL by .
The Cardinals left Flagstaff in summer 2013. Northern Arizona University sponsors 15 sports at the Division I level, including a football team that competes at the Division I Football Championship Series level. All sports are members of the with the exception of the Women's Swimming & Diving team, which competes in the . The Men's Cross Country team has featured four straight top ten finishes at the NCAA Division I Cross Country championships, which are held each year in .
The track and field team is home to several All-Americans including NCAA Champion/Olympian Lopez Lomong, two time NCAA Champion David McNeill and All-American/ 2012 Olympian Diego Estrada.
Humphreys Peak, north of Flagstaff Flagstaff has acquired a reputation as a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts, and the region's varied terrain, high elevation, and amenable weather attract campers, backpackers, climbers, recreation and elite runners, and mountain bikers from throughout the southwestern United States. There are 679.2 acres (274.9 ha) of city parks in Flagstaff, the largest of which are Thorpe Park and Buffalo Park. Wheeler Park, next to city hall, is the location of summer concerts and other events.
The city maintains an extensive network of trails, the Flagstaff Urban Trails System, or "FUTS" includes more than 50 miles of paved and unpaved trails for hiking, running, and cycling. The trail network extends throughout the city and is widely used for both recreation and transportation.
The area is a recreational hub for road cycling and mountain biking clubs, organized triathlon events, and annual cross country ski races.
Several major river running operators are headquartered in Flagstaff, and the city serves as a base for Grand Canyon and Colorado River expeditions. Flagstaff's proximity to , about 75 miles (121 km) north of the city, has made it a popular tourist destination since the mid-19th century.
Other nearby outdoor attractions include , , , and . and are both about 135 mi (217 km) north along U.S. Route 89. Flagstaff City Hall, bounded by Route 66, Humphreys Street, Aspen Avenue and Sitgreaves Avenue Flagstaff is the of .
The city government is organized under a form of government. The mayor of Flagstaff is Coral Evans, who was elected in November 2016, and the town council consists of the mayor and six councilmembers: Jamie Whelan (vice mayor), Celia Barotz, Jim McCarthy, Jeff Oravits, Charlie Odegard, and Eva Putzova. The city manager is Interim City Manager Barbara Goodrich. Regular meetings of the city council are held on the first and third Tuesday of every month.
At the state level, Flagstaff is in the 6th legislative district. In the , the 6th is represented by (R) of . In the , the 6th is represented by (R) of and (R) of . At the federal level, Flagstaff is within , which is the tenth largest congressional district, covering nearly 60,000 sq. miles. The district is represented by (D) of . There are 19 , with 11,500 students and 800 faculty and staff, in the . In 1997, Mount Elden Middle School was named an A+ School, citing an outstanding school climate, progressive use of technology and zero-tolerance approach to discipline.
The 1999 National Science Teacher of the Year, David Thompson, teaches at . Three Arizona Teachers of the Year from 2001 through 2003 teach at Flagstaff High School. In addition to the numerous public schools, there are several operating in the Flagstaff area including Flagstaff Junior Academy, Northland Preparatory Academy (ranked No.
52 in USA News's America's Top 100 Best High Schools), the , Pine Forest Charter School, BASIS Flagstaff (ranked No. 2 in The Washington Post's America's Most Challenging High schools) and the Schools of Flagstaff. Flagstaff is home to two institutions of higher education, (one of the three public state universities in Arizona) and . Train coming through Flagstaff in November 1985 Flagstaff is at the northern terminus of , which runs 145 miles (233 km) south to . runs east–west through the city, traveling to in the west and (and beyond) in the east.
Historic also runs east–west through the city, roughly parallel to I-40, and is a major thoroughfare for local traffic. Butler Avenue connects I-40 with downtown Flagstaff, and the major north–south thoroughfare through town is Milton Road.
travels through the city (concurrently as parts of Milton Rd. and Route 66), going south through to . The major rail corridor running through Flagstaff is the , originally built by the and now owned and operated by the . is provided by at the , connecting on east–west routes to Los Angeles and Albuquerque via the line. Amtrak also provides connecting service via Open Road Tours, which has an office inside the Flagstaff depot.
Local is provided throughout the city by the . Air travel is available through (: FLG, : KFLG, : FLG), just south of the city. The airport is primarily a small, airport with a single 6,999 feet (2,133 m) runway. The airport finished a major expansion project to add 1,800 feet (550 m) to the north end of the runway and lengthen the taxiway in 2007.
The primary purpose of the project was to increase its viability for commercial and regional jets. Service to connecting flights at (: PHX, : KPHX, : PHX) is provided by American Airlines operated by . Flagstaff is fairly bike-friendly; there are bike lanes on many major streets, and the Flagstaff Urban Trails System (FUTS) includes more than 50 miles of off-street trails that wind throughout the community.
In 2006 Flagstaff was designated a Bicycle-Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. About nine percent of trips in Flagstaff are made by bicycle. Utilities generation in Flagstaff is provided by , an electric utility subsidiary operated by parent company Pinnacle West. The primary generating station near Flagstaff is the , 995- , near , which uses coal from the McKinley Mine in .
Near is the coal-fired, 750-MW Navajo Power Plant, supplied by an that delivers coal from a mine on the and reservations in northern Arizona. Flagstaff is also home to Arizona's first commercial generating station, which was built in 1997 and provides 87 of electricity.
Combined with 16 other solar power locations in Arizona, the system provides over 5 MW of electricity statewide. Drinking water in Flagstaff is produced from conventional surface water treatment at the Lake Mary Water Treatment Plant, on Upper Lake Mary, as well as from springs at the inner basin of the San Francisco Peaks. Groundwater from several throughout the city and surrounding area provide additional sources of drinking water. Water and wastewater services are provided by the City of Flagstaff.
Natural gas is provided by . is the incumbent local exchange carrier. Cable television service is offered by . Health care The city's primary hospital is the 267-bed , on the north side of downtown Flagstaff.
The hospital was founded in 1936, and serves as the major regional for northern Arizona. See also: The major daily newspaper in Flagstaff is the . 's weekly newspaper The Lumberjack also covers Flagstaff news, while the other publications that serve the city include weeklies Flagstaff Live and the , and monthlies Mountain Living Magazine and .
Several radio stations operate in the area, some of which operate transmitters in as well. Flagstaff is included in the (DMA), the 13th largest in the U.S.
Over-the-air television service is provided mostly by low-powered repeaters of the Phoenix stations. There is one local broadcast serving the city, (). In the early 20th century, the city was considered as a site for the film by and , but was abandoned in favor of . Scenes from the 1969 film were filmed on Milton Road and Route 66 as well as near .
In 1983 a moment in the film was filmed at a truck stop gas station near . Several recent movies have been filmed, at least in part, in Flagstaff. A small scene in was filmed in Flagstaff at the train depot, the city was also referenced in the film.
Several of the running scenes in were filmed in and around the area, including a memorable scene in which Forrest is seen jogging in downtown Flagstaff and gives inspiration to a bumper sticker designer ("Shit happens").
Parts of winner were filmed at the junction of and in Flagstaff, and was partially filmed in the city. During the 1940s and 1950s, over 100 were filmed in nearby and . The in Flagstaff hosted many film stars during this era, including , , , , and .
A scene from the movie was filmed in one of the rooms of the hotel. In 2005, built a home just outside Flagstaff for slain soldier 's two children and parents. Grizzly Peak Films also filmed , a feature-length film for the about a , in Flagstaff and nearby . In December 2007, hostess selected Flagstaff as the winner of her show's "Wish You Were Here" contest.
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Things to Do At an elevation of 7,000 feet (2,135 m), in the midst of the world’s largest ponderosa pine forest, Flagstaff is a four season hub of activity where an eclectic mix of small town charm and endless outdoor adventure beckons.
Echoes of a rugged pioneer past blend with modern-day innovation to create a destination full of activities to keep you busy both inside and out. Whether your suitcase holds hiking boots and trekking gear or loafers and the latest novel you will find a way to feel right at home. History buffs will delight in the Route 66 nostalgia and the museums and attractions dedicated to Flagstaff’s Native American culture and old west legacy. Those who like to hit the town will have a hard time choosing between all of the locally-owned shops, restaurants and galleries in historic downtown.
Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts year-round with its spacious vistas and cool, clean mountain air. Favorite activities include hiking, mountain biking, disk golf, camping, boating and rock climbing.
During the winter months, Flagstaff is host to countless skiers and snowboarders, as well as many families who come to enjoy nearby snowplay. While you are here, plan to use Flagstaff as your home base to explore some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. The city is only 80 miles from the Grand Canyon and close to seven national parks and monuments. Paint the Town Blendz • Blendz Winery & Bar • 928-600-9291 • • Every Monday, Creative Spirits and Blendz team up to provide painting nights in the heart of downtown Flagstaff.
Meet Me Downtown Flagstaff • Historic Downtown Flagstaff • 928-275-2655 • • Meet Me Downtown brings adults and families to downtown Flagstaff for a weekly social walk/run, engaging individuals and businesses in a vibrant event that showcases downtown Flagstaff as a prime location for healthy activities. Meet Me Downtown is a weekly social walk/run that starts and ends in Heritage Square.
Registration is free and at the end of each walk there are free raffles to win. Registration and walk begin at 5:15pm and raffles are at 6:45pm. Make sure to get your hand stamp and then take advantage of the discounts offered at participating “Meet Me” businesses.
Flagstaff Poetry Slam • Firecreek Coffee Company • 928-774-2266 • • Come watch, judge, or compete in this fun and interactive literary event, where we put numbers to poetry and let you decide who comes out on top at the end of the night!
The Flagstaff Poetry Slam is a weekly event that takes place on Wednesday nights at Firecreek Coffee Company. Signups for poets start at 7:30, and the show starts at 8:00 pm. Competing poets are judged by five random audience members who put numbers to poetry and determine who moves on to the second round and, eventually, who wins the night’s slam. This is a fun and engaging opportunity to be involved in the literary community in Flagstaff.
Welcome to all ages! Cabin Fever Date Night • Cabin Fever • 928-707-9824 • • Drop off the kids and enjoy a night out! Cabin Fever is Flagstaff’s only Laser Tag and Active Play Facility, with: •Laser tag: Set against a backdrop of glow-in-the-dark urban warfare, rounds of laser tag challenge players to navigate a 3,000-square-foot arena in pursuit of victory. •Inflatables: Slides, obstacle course, and an indoor sports dome let kids bounce around without a care.
•Indoor Turf Field: Play dodge ball, soccer, tug-of-war, or anything you can imagine! •Indoor rock climbing: This indoor rock climbing traverse simulates the thrills of scaling an actual cliff; if you get tired, just jump off onto the 8 inch mat below. •Arcade •Cafe: Great pizza, snacks, smoothies and adult beverages too! View less Zen Meditation • Human Nature Studio • 928-699-6651 • • Weekly Flagstaff Zen Sangha Meditation, every Sunday, 8:30am, Human Nature Studio, 2 South Beaver St, #150, around the corner on Phoenix.
Sutra service, walking meditations (kinhin), and two 25 minute sitting meditations (zazen). First time come at 8:00am for orientation, after that people can enter at 8:55 for one sit or 9:25am for one sit. Free. Tour: Museum Highlights • Museum of Northern Arizona • 928-774-5213 • • Visit each exhibit gallery throughout the Museum for an introduction to the Colorado Plateau. Free with Museum Admission. Reservations not required.
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