11 May 2021

RAPEA - Day 27 - Flagstaff - Day of Rest

Today I saw nothing and I did nothing. So I thought I'd give you a little information on the town we've resided in for the past 3 days. 

Flagstaff AZ, incorporated in 1928, was, like many towns in the west, inhabited by Native Americans prior to its incorporation, specifically the Sinagua tribe. Flagstaff thrived even during the Great Depression due to all the natural wonders in the area. It was revitalized in the 1990s after a new administration saved its crumbling infrastructure.

Today the city remains an important distribution hub for companies such as NestlĂ© Purina PetCare, and is home to the U.S. Naval Observatory Flagstaff Station, the United States Geological Survey Flagstaff Station, and Northern Arizona University. Flagstaff has a strong tourism sector, due to its proximity to Grand Canyon National Park, Oak Creek Canyon, the Arizona Snowbowl, Meteor Crater, and Historic Route 66.

Due to it's 7,000ft elevation and skies which are unpolluted by light it's of particular interest to astronomers. Pluto was discovered from Flagstaff in 1930.  In 2001 it was recognized by the International Dark Sky Association as the first International Dark Sky City.

No comments: