Fire Destroys a Piece of AZ History

Photo by Dawn Kish

Our September issue features a profile about a pretty special gal… Rosie Larsen, owner of Rosie’s Den on U.S. Route 93… a stretch of road that connects Kingman to Las Vegas — yes, that stretch. What struck us about Rosie (and happened to be one of the reasons why we chose to feature her in Arizona Highways) was her indomitable spirit. She turned 85 last January and had no plans to slow down any time soon… well except, perhaps, to take that trip to Asia with her eldest son.

Unfortunately, according to the, a devastating fire has forced Rosie to close her doors. Making matters worse, Rosie didn’t have fire insurance. Of course, Rosie being Rosie, isn’t folding her hand just yet. Per the blog post, Rosie is “demonstrating an independent spirit,” and her “main concern is for the welfare of her 50-60 employees that depend on the business for their livelihood. She said the business will be rebuilt bigger and better than ever.”

Maybe the “Mother of the Desert” ought to be nicknamed Rosie the Riveter instead… If you’d like to make a donation to help Rosie’s employees, or would like to donate food or building materials, contact Lea White at 928-767-3010. Rosie would also appreciate volunteers willing to donate their time and skills to help rebuild of the new restaurant and store.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

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