Museums in Flagstaff!



     The Riordan Mansion is a portal to the early days of Flagstaff. Built in 1904 by architect Charles Whittlesey for Timothy and Michael Riordan, Riordan Mansion is a glimpse to the past. Each side of the mansion is comprised of 6,000 square feet of space, with an adjoining billiards room in the center. First opened as a State Historic Park in 1983, the mansion is filled with furniture and other objects dating back to the earliest days of Flagstaff's history.
     Today the Riordan Mansion State Historic Park is located among the tall Ponderosa pines of Kinlichi Knoll, quietly hidden between Northern Arizona University and the commercial district of South Milton Road, but when first built, the mansion commanded a large property worthy of the early Flagstaff lumber barons who first built it.
     After the construction of the railroad, the primary economic enterprise of the Flagstaff area was lumber, and the Riordan brothers amassed a fortune in this industry, establishing them as prominent Flagstaff businessmen and founders. The Riordans owned a large lumber operation in an area first known as Mill Town south of Flagstaff (the name persists today in the naming of South Milton Road), but the Riordans were also responsible for first bringing electricity to Flagstaff as well as the construction of Lake Mary, which still provides drinking water to our city today.
     Riordan Mansion is open to the public with guided and self-tours available to view and experience this remarkable piece of architectural history in Northern Arizona.



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