Founded as a stagecoach stop in 1904, Tortilla Flat is Arizona’s smallest official town with a U.S. Post Office and voter’s precinct.
Alvin and Pam Ross, Indiana farmers, bought the town in 1998 and have turned it into a happening, a theme park, a destination. Betsy, the hostess, at the restaurant, tells me the town has a population of six–all of them the family that owns the town. She assures me it is as much fun to work there as it is to be a tourist.
The town is located 16 miles east of Apache Junction via paved road or 28 miles west of Roosevelt via the scenic Apache Trail–a piece of road so rough that when driving on it, you cannot speak without stuttering.
The town consists of a restaurant with walls that are covered with enough currency to retire the national debt.
The bar stools are ready for cowboys and and horse’s asses.
You are never lonesome in the men’s room.
There is also a country store,
gift shop, museum—formerly a school house—
and a couple of guitar-strumming entertainers cracking wise for those who lunch at the outdoor patio.
December through April, Gunfights on the Second and Fourth Saturday of the month. 11AM, Noon, 1PM, 2PM, & 3PM
More pix at theirwebsite: http://www.tortillaflataz.com