Route 66 News

Twin Arrows namesake gets a face-lift

The famed giant arrows at the defunct Twin Arrows Trading Post east of Flagstaff, Ariz., recently were refurbished after years of deterioration and neglect.

Longtime roadie Carol Major reported a few days ago to the Route 66 yahoogroup:

… On my 66 trip from Topock to Oklahoma City last week, I went by Twin Arrows Trading Post and noticed some workers fixing up the arrows! I stopped and talked to Reggie Fauser, who said they were getting the place ready for a 66 event coming up in the next few weeks. I’ll post some pictures if I can . . . I was really excited to see the arrows like they were brand-new again!

Major sent me photos of the workers laboring over those big arrows. The arrows obviously were repainted, and the fletching, which had fallen off at least one of the arrows, had been rebuilt. This photo shows how bad the arrows looked before the recent intervention.

An agreement was struck between the state and the Hopi Indian tribe last year to eventually reinvigorate the property, and it’s thrilling there finally seems to be activity. The Route 66 festival in Flagstaff has a preservation work day scheduled at the site next month; maybe the Twin Arrows buildings will get some TLC as well.

According to Russell Olsen’s “Route 66 Lost and Found,” the Twin Arrows 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.