One of the original U.S. Highways, Route 66 was established on November 11, 1926, stretching 2,448 miles. A favorite stopping place on Route 66 in Arizona is the town of Seligman.
Its earlier roots was as a railroad town. Originally Seligman was called “Prescott Junction” because it was the railroad stop on the Santa Fe Railroad mainline junction with the Prescott and Arizona Central Railway Company.
In 1886 it was renamed Seligman, after Jesse Seligman, one of the founders of J.W. Seligman Co. of New York, who helped finance the railroad lines in the area.
In 1987 Seligman became known as the “Birthplace of Historic Route 66”.
Today, Seligman is home to numerous gift shops, restaurants and several small motels. It is also the locale of the famous Snow Cap Drive-in ... don't miss it!
Delgadillo's Snow Cap
This historic dining establishment was originally constructed in 1953 by Juan Delgadillo and his wife Mary out of scrap lumber. To bring attention to the restaurant, Delgadillo cut the roof off of a 1936 Chevrolet hardtop, adorned the automobile with paint, horns and various automotive emblems and even an artificial Christmas tree in the rear of the car.
It remains today a "must see" attraction when traveling Route 66 through Seligman. The walls around the counter area are covered with business cards from all over the world. Visitors from Europe, Germany, Japan and other countries, as well as those from the U.S., seek the nostalgia of Historic Route 66 and the jokes that are famous at the Snow Cap.
The menu is extensive! Burgers, hot dogs, tacos, and sandwiches plus lots of ice cream and malts, and more. It is playfully known as home of the "Cheeseburger with Cheese" and "Dead Chicken".
Today, the Snow Cap is still a family owned and operated drive-in ... Juan and Mary's son John and daughter Cecilia along with other family members, continue the Snow Cap tradition so that their grandchildren and great grandchildren will be able to grow up knowing the legacy that comes with this long-standing family business.
For more information, visit Delgadillo's Snow Cap on Facebook or phone 928.422.3291
The drive-in is located at 22235 Old Highway 66, Seligman, AZ
The 1936 Chevrolet at Delgadillo's Snow Cap Drive-In (photo below)
The Snow Cap Scores a Guinness Record
Seligman's Snow Cap Drive-In entered the Guinness Book of World Records for “Most Milkshake Flavors on Display” on September 10, 2022. The staff at the Snow Cap prepared 266 flavors!
Arizona Route 66 Passport
The Arizona Route 66 Passport is your guide into the heart of America. Cruise along the Mother Road, collecting stamps at locations along the way. Each passport comes with a free Traveler's Guide.
It is published by the The Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona, a non-profit organization, dedicated to the preservation, protection, and promotion of both the surface, and the memories along Arizona’s portion of Route 66. Proceeds from the sale of Passports benefit this cooperative marketing initiative.
Purchase an Arizona Route 66 Passport online or pick one up at one of the locations where stamps are given.
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