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Downtowner Motel / Grand Canyon Intl Hostel
19 S. San Francisco St.
The 1920s Downtowner Auto Court later became the Nackard Inn and then
the Downtowner Motel. Then in 1995 it became the Grand Canyon International
large tall sign still towers over the building and neighborhood. It
is one of three such tall signs erected after Route 66 was realigned
in 1934 moving the Mother Road from San Francisco St. and Phoenix Ave.
to the current location a block away on the other side of the railroad
tracks. The only other of those three tall signs still standing is at
the Motel DeBeau, a similarly tall sign was removed from the Sierra
Vista Motel when a new roof was installed some years ago.
Vintage Advertising Highlights
1 Block So. of U.S. 66, 89
Center of Flagstaff, Arizona
50 modern motel units
Tubs and tile showers
Circulating hot water heat
Mar and Mrs. T. G. Engstrom, Managers
1959/60 AAA Tour Book
Near center at 19 S. San Francisco
24 Rooms, some two room units
24 Private Baths
Phone: PRospect 4-xxxx
Two people $5.50 to $9.00
Note: Something happened between the publication of the early
postcard and 1959 because the room count dropped from 50 to 24. That's
a big drop unless part of the motel was eliminated or some rooms were
remodeled and combined into larger units.