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Roy P. Coxwell

Posted 2011-01-10 by Pat R
Wickenburg (AZ) Sun
Wednesday, January 6, 2010, p B-13
This Week in Wickenburg History

10 Years Ago-'Mr. Wickenburg' Roy Coxwell Dies
(Wednesday, Jan 12, 2000)

Roy P. Coxwell, a well-known businessman and community leader in Wickenburg, died Jan 9 at the Wickenburg Regional Medical Center.

He was 78.

Mr Coxwell, known to many as "Mr Wickenburg" for his lifetime of service in civic and business affairs in the community, was a native of Phoenix who moved to Wickenburg as a youngster when his parents Everett and Myrtle Coxwell settled here in the 1920s.

He attended Wickenburg schools and completed his secondary education at the Southern California Military Academy in Long Beach, Calif.

Mr Coxwell's legendary career in the hospitality industry started at a young age, as he assisted his parents in the operation of the Texas Hotel and Cafe.

As a teenager, he convinced his parents to allow him to start a lunch counter at the Santa Fe Trailways Depot. It would be at this site that he and his wife would later establish the landmark Gold Nugget Restaurant.

The Coxwells were instrumental in the founding of the Best Western motel chain, and the Rancho Grande remains today as one of the only five remaining charter members of that organization that has grown to the world's largest lodging chain of independently owned and operated motels.
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See Wickenburg Sun, Wed Jan 12, 2000 for almost full front page story about Roy Coxwell

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