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Twin Arrows may be restored

Twin Arrows, circa 2001. Photo by Emily Priddy

Twin Arrows, circa 2001. Photo by Emily Priddy

It appears the logjam regarding the abandoned Twin Arrows complex off Route 66 in eastern Arizona finally has been cleared.

A agreement has been struck between the state and the Hopi Indian tribe, which leases the land, to reinvigorate the property, reports Sharlene Fouser. She is a member of the Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona and an area leader for the National Scenic Byways program for Route 66 in the state.

“We’re thrilled,” Fouser said.

The Hopi tribe will seek to halt further deterioration of the Twin Arrows complex, with guidance from the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program. The complex’s gas station, curio shop, Valentine diner and  signature giant arrows are included in initial plans. Fouser said the tribe doesn’t have a specific long-range plan, other than to revive Twin Arrows as an “economic development” project.

The tribe also has applied for a $10,000 grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation for architectural and engineering studies. Officials from nearby Flagstaff have also offered assistance.

Michael Romero Taylor and Kaisa Barthuli of the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program for years have been working through a thicket of bureaucracy regarding Twin Arrows. I’m glad they had the patience and tenacity to see it through.

According to Russell Olsen’s “Route 66 Lost and Found,” the complex started as the Canyon Padre Trading Post about 1949. It became Twin Arrows Trading Post during the 1950s, and the 20-foot-high arrows were erected near the main buildings. It closed in the late 1990s. The twin arrows have decayed sharply in recent years, with the fletching falling off one of the arrows.