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About Wigwam Motel Arizona

The Wigwam motel, still run by the founders family, and now a registered historic monument.

One of the last of a chain of 1950's historic Wigwam hotels.

The Wigwam Motel was originally part of a chain of 7 wigwam villages, of which only 3 now remain.

This group of 15 teepees have a diameter of 14 feet at the base and a height of 32 feet. Unlike Indian teepees these steel and concrete constructions have modern conveniences, double beds and air conditioning. However, they still look authentic - and have been welcoming guests since the 1950's.

History
The story is taken up by John and Paul, sons of the founder. "Our father, Chester E. Lewis, had other motels along Old Route 66 in the 1930's in other Arizona cities. He saw his first Wigwam Village in Cave City, Kentucky in 1938. A man by the name of Frank Redford already had a couple of Wigwam Villages built in Kentucky by that time. Our father decided that he would like to build a Wigwam Village of his own.

In that time period, the term franchises or chain motels were not known of, much less used. Mr. Redford was more interested in sharing his novel idea than making money. Mr. Lewis and Mr. Redford came to an agreement that radios would be placed in each Wigwam that would play for one half hour for a silver dime. Mr. Redford would then receive the dimes from the radios for a period of some years in payment for the use of his plans.

There were seven of these Wigwam Villages built from the 1930's to the 1950's from Florida to California. The one, here in Holbrook, receives a lot of media attention due to it being located on Route 66 and located near several Native American Reservations, Navajo, Hopi, White Mountain Apache Reservations. "

There are several vintage automobiles that are around the perimeter of the property.

The Wigwam Motel was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on May 2, 2002

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Pam Slater
Aug 28 2009
Drove through on Route 66, in 2004. Wonderful place to stay. Unfortunately we could not stay as we needed to get on as only had 2 weeks, from start to finish. Hope to stay in 2 years time. Taking longer.

Joe Santo Domingo
Jul 5 2008
My wife and I stayed there 2 years ago. The place is really a blast, and the little museum off the lobby, with great slabs of petrified wood, and old relics was a fun visit. Be warned however, that there are train tracks within a hundred yards of the hotel, and it appears there is traffic on them about every 30 minutes! The fact that there must be an intersection nearby, forcing the engineers to blow airhorns, only adds to the fun. I'm glad I stayed there, but I was glad to leave too! ;-) I'll never forget our stay there, but I'd bring earplugs next time!

Nancy Donovan
Jan 27 2008
My family and I stayed there last Spring (April 2007) and it was totally kitsch and I had a great night's sleep (was it the pyramid/teepee shape factor?). My kids still tell their friends they stayed at the motel that's in Cars. Very fun, inexpensive, perfect stop on a Southwest Road Trip.

Lisa C
Aug 21 2007
Drove past this motel on a trip to the Painted Desert, near the Petrified Forest. It looked very cool and interesting. Definitely worth spending some time at!! The grounds are large and the odd thing is you are close to the reservation of the Navajo Nation, so you will see many Navajo Indians, and other tribes walking along the highway, which adds to the atmosphere.

Jennifer Portwood
Aug 21 2007
I find this very interested have never heard of it until now. Think we will have to make a trip.

Sheri S
Jul 24 2007
not to be confused with the Wigwam Resort located just outside Phoenix...

Mar 20 2007
My partner & I stayed in 2005 & really enjoyed it. The angles in the bathroom were a bit challenging! If possible, go for one that is not right next to the road as there is an unsettling feeling an HGV will slam into you! They are next to a railway as well on the other side which gives an atmospheric union pacific feel.

Guy Spriet
Aug 11 2006
What a perfect place. Thank you. Guy, Canada

kim gray
Jun 25 2006
My family and I stayed there two summers ago. My children are still telling people about the motel. An absolutely fun, affordable, and memorable place to stay!

Pam Slater
Aug 28 2009
Drove through on Route 66, in 2004. Wonderful place to stay. Unfortunately we could not stay as we needed to get on as only had 2 weeks, from start to finish. Hope to stay in 2 years time. Taking longer.

Joe Santo Domingo
Jul 5 2008
My wife and I stayed there 2 years ago. The place is really a blast, and the little museum off the lobby, with great slabs of petrified wood, and old relics was a fun visit. Be warned however, that there are train tracks within a hundred yards of the hotel, and it appears there is traffic on them about every 30 minutes! The fact that there must be an intersection nearby, forcing the engineers to blow airhorns, only adds to the fun. I'm glad I stayed there, but I was glad to leave too! ;-) I'll never forget our stay there, but I'd bring earplugs next time!

Nancy Donovan
Jan 27 2008
My family and I stayed there last Spring (April 2007) and it was totally kitsch and I had a great night's sleep (was it the pyramid/teepee shape factor?). My kids still tell their friends they stayed at the motel that's in Cars. Very fun, inexpensive, perfect stop on a Southwest Road Trip.

Lisa C
Aug 21 2007
Drove past this motel on a trip to the Painted Desert, near the Petrified Forest. It looked very cool and interesting. Definitely worth spending some time at!! The grounds are large and the odd thing is you are close to the reservation of the Navajo Nation, so you will see many Navajo Indians, and other tribes walking along the highway, which adds to the atmosphere.

Mar 20 2007
My partner & I stayed in 2005 & really enjoyed it. The angles in the bathroom were a bit challenging! If possible, go for one that is not right next to the road as there is an unsettling feeling an HGV will slam into you! They are next to a railway as well on the other side which gives an atmospheric union pacific feel.

Guy Spriet
Aug 11 2006
What a perfect place. Thank you. Guy, Canada

kim gray
Jun 25 2006
My family and I stayed there two summers ago. My children are still telling people about the motel. An absolutely fun, affordable, and memorable place to stay!

Jennifer Portwood
Aug 21 2007
I find this very interested have never heard of it until now. Think we will have to make a trip.

Sheri S
Jul 24 2007
not to be confused with the Wigwam Resort located just outside Phoenix...

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