The first time that I drove through Seligman was over a decade ago and it was one of those “What is happening here?” moments. I had no idea that I would be driving down a small road, in a very small town and feeling that I had driven into someone’s weird dream. There were fashionable mannequins staring at the road when you passed by, old vehicles, colorful restaurants and quirky memorabilia- everywhere!
Seligman was not always this fun and colorful though. Prior to it becoming Seligman, this small town was ‘Prescott Junction’ because it was a Santa Fe train stop close to Prescott, Arizona. The town was re-named Seligman in 1886 after Jesse Seligman, a banker who helped finance the railways in the region. Seligman was an actual stop for Amtrak passenger trains until they ceased stopping here in 1984.
The commercial strip of Seligman has a personality or rather several of its own. This district is along the Historic Route 66 and is considered the ‘Birthplace of Route 66’. Additionally, The Seligman Commercial Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.
Seligman is a fun place to get out of the car and stretch your legs. There are also great places to eat in this historic town, such as ‘Road Kill Café’ and ‘Delgadillo’s Snow Cap Drive-In’, which are my two favorites.
Since that first drive through and lunch at Road Kill Café, I have been back to Seligman a couple of additional times while driving through Arizona. After being on the road for a long time, it was always nice to grab a tasty burger and walk through ‘Odd America’, along this country’s Mother Road.
— Delgadillo’s Snow Cap Drive-In —
This historic restaurant was built in 1952 by a local resident, Juan Delgadillo. Since he was on a tight budget, he built Snow Cap using scrap lumber from the Santa Fe Railyard. The restaurant and the land around it has a quirky sense of humor, and has menu names as ‘Dead Chicken’ and “Cheese burger with cheese”, which is my favorite.
The burgers are quite good but it is the fun atmosphere that brings it over the top. While waiting for your food or after you eat, wander around and bring your camera. Kids to adults will love to explore the grounds and just take photos. This is where being a tourist happens.
For restaurant information and hours, please visit Delgaldillo’s Snow Cap.
— Road Kill Cafe —
Road Kill Cafe is another good restaurant for roadside eats. It is an indoor dining establishment that is known for their burgers as well as humorous menu items like “Splatter Platter”, “Swirl of Squirrel” and “Big-Bagged-Stag”. I was boring and stuck with the Patty Melt with Fries, which happened to be very good.
Road Kill Cafe also has a motel, a general store, hardware store and auto services. This is also a fun place to stop with the family and take a few touristy photos in front of Western Storefront replicas.
For restaurant information and hours, please visit The Roadkill Cafe.
-Photo Journal of Seligman & its Road Side Architecture-
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