Once one of the most popular tourist stops along Route 66, Santa Claus, Arizona, is now nothing but a run-down ghost town of holiday-themed attractions inhabited by rattlesnakes, at least according to roadtrippers.com.
Nina Talbot founded Santa Claus in 1937 with the hopes of creating a tourist destination around the winter holiday. The town’s attractions were open year-round, including Cinderella’s Doll House and the Santa Claus Inn. It was known for its run pie and its post office, where parents would send their kids’ letters to Santa and they would come back postmarked from Saint Nick.
By the mid-1970s, Route 66 was less populated with travelers, and the small town of Santa Claus shut down and has remained deserted ever since.
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