Apr 222011

Photo courtesy of the Old Trails Museum

Any town hoping to grow needed a good hotel and quickly. Frederick Clair Demarest became the first businessman in Winslow when he erected a tent hotel in 1880. He began work on the Arizona Central Hotel in 1883, and the sandstone building was complete two years later. He transplanted Cottonwood and Tamarisk trees to create a more civilized front entrance. He also added a saloon, but was well known for insisting on good behavior on the part of all patrons in his establishment. The hotel stood for many years on East Second Street across from the present city hall.