About the City of
Founded in 1881, Holbrook is a true wild-west town! Hold-ups and shoot-outs
are a part of our history. Located in the 5,000 foot high desert of eastern Arizona), we're just a dozen miles south of the Navajo Nation, the largest, most intact Native American community in North America. Of the 5,000 people living in Holbrook, 25% are Native Americans (mostly Navajos, but also Hopis, Apaches and members of other tribes), 25% are Mexican-American (Arizona's proximity to Mexico enriches us with this wonderful culture) and about 44% of our folk are Caucasian, with the remainder mostly African-American. Every day on our streets and stores, you'll hear Navajo, Spanish and English spoken--and because of the many tourists which visit, you'll also hear many other languages. Holbrook is an historically and culturally rich community.
The seat for Navajo County, Holbrook, like the rest of Arizona, enjoys sunny skies most days, but unlike the areas of lower elevation (e.g. Phoenix, Tucson), we delight in cooler temperatures. We have long springs and autumns and even the occasional wintertime snowfall!
You can find a lot of statistics concerning our city on-line or by checking out the City of Holbrook website itself. Our Chamber of Commerce is another good source of information concerning our fair city.
Named after the first chief engineer of the Atlantic & Pacific Railroad, Holbrook began as a transportation centerand continues today to be a transportation and business hub for this part of Arizona. Many residents work in the transportation industry, as well as for the government (city, county, state, federal) tourism related businesses. With the Petrified Forest National Park practically in our backyard (20 miles away), as well as being only three hours away from the Grand Canyon National Park, there is snow skiing at Sunrise Ski Resort in the nearby White Mountains and at the Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff. Holbrook enjoys a plethora of other scenic, natural and cultural wonders within easy driving distance. Our residents find employment in the many hotels, restaurants and service stations scattered along historic Route 66 which cuts through in our community.
Many of our local residents enjoy gardening--and plans are underway for a new community garden adjacent to our very nice local library. We're blessed with good, adequate water in Holbrook!
There are two elementary schools (Hulet and Park) plus a junior high and high school within our city. We're proud of the excellence of our local schools. We're also grateful to have an exceptionally good community college campus in our town. The Northland Pioneer College, with branches in several regional communities, offers a variety of courses both on-site and via the internet.
Medically speaking, we're blessed with several doctor's offices, including dental and vision care, plus a pharmacy. If hospitalization is required, the nearest facility is the Little Colorado Medical Center in Winslow (1/2 hour just 30 minutes west on I-40) but with the Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center in Show Low (45 miles south on Hwy. 77) and the Flagstaff Medical Center (90 miles west on I-40) provide quality top-notch medical services.
So...Holbrook has a rich history, a culturally diverse population, and a kaleidoscope of natural and scenic attractions within just a few miles. We invite you to come and experience it for yourself! Whether as a visitor for a few days or as a long-term resident, we think you'll like what you find. And we invite you to make Peace Lutheran Church your church home while here!