In Flagstaff, Ariz., it’s easy to get immersed in the town’s rowdy -- and scientific -- past
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Weekend Escape: Flagstaff, Ariz.

In Flagstaff, Ariz., it’s easy to get immersed in the town’s rowdy -- and scientific -- past

Flagstaff’s colorful local history is on display at the Pioneer Museum, which has preserved the cabin of Benjamin S. Doney, a councilman who tried in 1906 to remove most of the regulations on bars, brothels and gambling houses. 

 (Sara Lessley)
Flagstaff, Ariz.

The Pioneer Museum, built in 1908 as the county hospital for the indigent, houses a decade-by-decade look at Flagstaff, Ariz., beginning with its start as a railroad and logging town in the late 1800s.

 (Sara Lessley)
Flagstaff, Ariz.

An egg and bacon croissant from Route 66 Dog Haus.

 (Sara Lessley)
Flagstaff, Ariz.

Sometimes the employees at Black Bart’s Steakhouse, Saloon & Musical Revue don’t wait to get to the stage before breaking into song.

 (Sara Lessley)
Flagstaff, Ariz.

A bone-in ribeye steak dinner with sides at Black Bart’s Steakhouse, Saloon & Musical Revue.

 (Sara Lessley)
Flagstaff, Ariz.

A view of Northern Arizona University and downtown Flagstaff from Lowell Observatory on Mars Hills.

 (Sara Lessley)
Flagstaff, Ariz.

Kids and families tour the newly reopened Clark refracting telescope at Lowell Observatory.

 (Sara Lessley)
Flagstaff, Ariz.

A Lowell tour guide explains the “astrograph.”

 (Sara Lessley)
Flagstaff, Ariz.

A warm welcome at the Lowell visitor center.

 (Sara Lessley)
Flagstaff, Ariz.

Runners work out at the 215-acre Buffalo Park north of downtown Flagstaff, Ariz.

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