While visiting Emily we took a road trip to Flagstaff to explore and discovered a cute town. The city is named after a ponderosa pine flagpole made by a scouting party from Boston to celebrate the United States Centennial on July 4, 1876. The flagpole was a trail marker for wagon trains bound for California traveling on Beale’s Camel Routh. That trail later became Route 66. Flagstaff found its place in western history with the arrival of the railroad in 1881.