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An old photograph of my childhood visit to Santa Claus, Arizona – now a ghost town.
Santa Claus is a desert ghost town in Mohave County, Arizona. It lies along Highway 93 between Kingman, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada.
This real place appears in a fictional short story by famed science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein called “Cliff and the Calories’ (1950 Teen Institute, Inc.) and was reprinted in his 1980’s book “Expanded Universe” (Ace Science Fiction). He describes a diet-shattering gourmet feast served by Mrs. Claus (in reality Mrs. Douglas, who ran the place in the 1940’s).
By the 1970’s, it had become a fast food joint and somewhere before the 1990’s, it had shut down and disappeared from printed maps.