Wig Wam Motel - Holbrook, AZ

Chester E. Lewis built this Wigwam Village in 1950. It is located on the historic Route 66 in Holbrook, AZ.

The plans for this motel were based on the original of Frank A. Redford, to find in Cave City Kentucky near the Mammoth Cave.

Lewis first became aware of the unique wigwam designs when passed through Cave City, KY in 1938.

He purchased the rights to Redford’s design, as well as the right to use the name “Wigwam Village,”.
The individual units are called “wigwams,” not Teepees. The motel is arranged as a square, with 15 concrete and steel wigwams. The base diameter of each wigwam is 14 feet and 32 feet hight.

Wig Wam Motel (Arizona)

Vintage restored cars from the 1960s and earlier are parked next to every unit.
One of the building is the office, in front of this wigwam is an old gas pump.

Chester Lewis operated the motel until closing it in 1974 when Interstate 40 bypassed Holbrook. He died in 1986, two years later his sons Clifton and Paul Lewis and daughter Elinor renovated the motel before reopening it in 1988.
The Lewis family continues runs and maintains Wigwam Village #6 until today.

The motel has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places since May 2, 2002.



Name of the Roadside Attraction: Wig Wam Motel
Parking:yes, a few spots in front of the property (if you stay next to your WigWam)
Time required:1-2 hours
Descripton:Chester E. Lewis built this Wigwam Village in 1950. It is located on the Historic Route 66 in Holbrook, AZ
Next town:Holbrook, AZ
Findable:easy - next to the road
Fee area:no - just look around or stay the night
Giftshop: yes, inside the Motel
Food or drinks: no
Kind of attraction: Route 66 Landmark (old Motel still in operation)
Best time to vistit: all year

   How to find

Address: 811 W Hopi Dr, Holbrook, AZ 86025, USA
Directions: On I-40 B, old Route 66 in Holbrook. Follow the old Highway 66 and you pass the litte town of Holbrook.
Opening Hours: 24/7
Last visited: September 2014