Community: Hackberry

The Mother Load of the Mother Road Memorabilia!

hackberry 1Hackberry is the little town that could. Dating back to 1874, it’s the oldest town along the longest continuous remaining stretch of the Route 66. Hackberry has been a bustling silver mining town, a cattle town, and a railroading town; ranking third in the state for large cattle shipments. Hackberry had a reputation for gambling and gun fighting, but had its civil side with a post office and elementary school which was built in 1917. The school still stands at the eastern edge of town.

Also weathering the years was the Northside General Store which was built just across the railroad tracks on the main road to supply needed goods to the community. The bypassing of Route 66 by Interstate 40 left Hackberry a ghost town, and the General Store eventually was the last businesses to close.

hackberry 2In 1992, Route 66 enthusiast Bob Waldmire, purchased the abandoned property, and reopened it as the Hackbery General Store & Visitor Center, and as they say, if you build it they will come.. Even though Hackberry still sits mostly deserted, the revived Hackberry General Store and Visitors Center remains a vibrant welcoming Route 66 spot.

The General Store has a vintage diner and every Route 66 souvenir you can imagine inside, and service station memorabilia filling the grounds outside. A Model T flatbed truck sits in the old service garage and vintage cars dot the property, but the star of the show is the cherry red 1957 Corvette that sits out front. Be sure and take a picture for your own memory of your Route 66 adventure.

Local Contact
Hackberry General Store & Visitor Center
11255 East Route 66
Hackberry, Arizona 86411
(928) 769-2605
Contact: Thurston PritchardHours of operation - Monday – Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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