A Historic Radio Station
Mary Costigan was the second woman in the World to be granted a radio broadcasting license in 1927. Her three hour radio show aired daily from her studio here at the Hotel Monte Vista room 105
Costigan Photo Courtesy of NAU Cline Library - Troxell/Carson Collection
Item: 8371, Call no.: AHS.0774.00011
Bootlegging and Prohibition
A major Flagstaff bootlegging operation was put to an end by local officials in 1931.
The main speakeasy in town was The Monte Vista Lounge
The only slot machines ever in Flagstaff operated in the Monte Vista during 1935-1940 by locals Fred Nackard & Rex Gobel.
Safety Signal Saves Town
A light on top of the hotel served as an emergency signal for Flagstaff in the 30's. Flashing, it would alert the local authorities and citizens of calamities around the town.
Hollywood Recruits at the Monte Vista
In its heyday, the Monte Vista housed several employees who gained national popularity. Shoeshine attendant Gregory Martinez, and porter Isaac Henderson had amassed such a reputation for the friendliest service around, that they were both offered parts in Hollywood films! Both men cheerfully declined and chose to remain on the hotel staff.
Monte Vista Barber in High Regards
Barber Samuel Canainas, who worked out of the hotel for over 12 years, was once flown to Phoenix upon special request to cut President Harry Truman's hair!