Westward Ho Acrobatic Duo

March 21, 2018

The Hotel Westward Ho became Phoenix’s tallest building when it was completed in 1928, a title it would hold for 32 years. The largest hostelry between Kansas City and the Pacific Coast, the elegant hotel charged $2 per night at a time when most Phoenix hotel rooms went for a quarter. The hotel was a glamorous hot spot for the famous, powerful, wealthy and those celebrating special occasions.

 

The hotel spawned many intriguing stories, about a secret tunnel leading to the underground Gold Spot bowling alley, Marilyn Monroe’s late-night skinny-dipping in the swimming pool, sightings of mischievous ghosts, and Al Capone’s auto hidden in its underground parking garage.

 

Adding to the hotel’s lore is this fearless acrobat performing on the 11th floor, as her assistant calmly watches, on November 11, 1954. She’s perched on one leg above Central Avenue, a street lined by the Apache Hotel featuring Milton’s Skylark Dining Room, the First National Bank of Arizona under construction, and the Professional Building.  The inset photo reveals the precariousness of her perch, held in place by sandbags and a second assistant.

 

Nothing more is known about this event; can a reader add some details?

 

 

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Please reload

About Us

Arizona Contractor & Community magazine has become a vital forum for the state’s building industry by providing critical information and exposure to companies in the field. Moreover, the publication has expanded beyond traditional construction, architecture, and real estate topics and has found an audience with those who have fresh ideas on adaptive reuse of historic buildings or making new developments more community-friendly and sustainable.

  • Black Facebook Icon
Never Miss a Post!
Recent Posts:

Engcon is an important part of the world’s first Cat® 330 fitted with a dozer blade

January 28, 2020

Arizona Roofing Contractors Association Young Professionals Donate Roof to a Phoenix Dog Rescue

January 27, 2020

Palmer Development Breaks Ground on The Edge in Scottsdale: Mixed-Use Office & Retail Project to Bring Nearly 250,000 SF of New Commercial Space

January 24, 2020

1/17
Please reload

Serving the Construction & Engineering firms of Arizona... and those who admire their work!

  • LinkedIn - White Circle
  • Facebook - White Circle

© 2019 by Arizona Contractor & Community

  • Facebook - Black Circle
  • Instagram - Black Circle
  • LinkedIn - Black Circle