|Clickable Map. Truxton is on the
section of Route 66 between Kingman and Seligman which I-40 bypassed
The Frontier Motel. The most evident business in Truxton
is the nine room Frontier Motel and its Restaurant. The motel was
built in 1951 to cater to the booming Route 66 traffic. It's owner,
Mildred Barker, has worked in the restaurant since 1955. She
also owned the bar across the street, making her the presiding baron of
Truxton controlling virtually all of the settlement's businesses. In
2000, she put the motel, restaurant, and the bar up for sale together.
As of 2003, a new owner was not in evidence.
A half century after the motel was built, its classic neon sign sign
was in very sad shape. The Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona
came to its rescue and restored the sign using a matching grant of $9,268
from The Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program.
Named for the son of the Beale Wagon Road's architect. In
1857 Lieutenant Edward Fitzgerald Beale was assigned the task of
establishing a wagon route along the 35th parallel across New Mexico and
Arizona. He followed the path mapped out by Lt. Amiel Whipple in
1853 for potential railroad routes across the newly acquired western
territories. West of Flagstaff, Beale diverted a bit north from
Whipple's route and went through Peach Springs and a area he named for his
son, Truxton. Although nearby Valentine
had the used the name briefly, the present day Truxton was not established
|Carved wood signs on each side of
Truxton greet travelers. Unfortunately the carved letters are
practically invisible from the road suggesting that paint might have
made the sign readable in its distant past. A Beale Wagon Road
plaque hints at the origin of the settlement's name. 10-03.
||If you have lost your way Cowgill's
Route 66 directory will set you straight. 10-03.