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city (1990 pop. 45,857), seat of Coconino co., N Ariz., near the San Francisco Peaks; inc. 1894. Lumbering, ranching, and a lively tourist trade thrive in the region, where many ruined pueblos, numerous state parks, several lakes, and large pine forests are found. Sunset Crater Volcano, Walnut Canyon, and Wupatki national monuments are nearby. Flagstaff is also a center for astronomical research, with the Lowell Observatory and stations of the U.S. Naval ObservatoryUnited States Naval Observatory,
a federal astronomical observatory, located in Washington, D. C. It evolved from the Navy's oldest scientific institution, the Depot of Charts and Instruments, founded in 1830; the observatory was completed in 1844 and moved to its present site
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 and the U.S. Geological Survey. The Museum of Northern Arizona and Northern Arizona Univ. are in the city.
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A pole or staff on which flags or other signals are displayed; on charts this term is used only when the pole is attached to a building.
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"A sailor found them by the flagstaff that - that night," sobbed Mrs.
Nothing could be more simple; but to make sure he brought the book out on the bridge for the purpose of comparing the coloured drawing with the real thing at the flagstaff astern.
"That slate tower bang over the porch, with the dormer windows and the iron railing and flagstaff atop makes us a present of the period.
The roster of talent belies Flagstaffs small size, with famous recording artists Chaka Khan and Sophie B.
The city of Flagstaff was immortalized in the song "Route 66." about the legendary U.S.
A tall flagstaff in the centre of the platform displayed the Union Jack, and at each of the four corners rose tall flagstaffs supporting British ensigns.
Farmers are harvesting pinto beans in this early 1930s photograph taken east of Flagstaff. The dried plants are being unloaded from the horse-drawn wagon at right and fed into the Case threshing machine to separate the stalks from the beans.