The Wigwam Resort & Spa begins celebrating its 80th anniversary on Thanksgiving.
Eleven days later, on Dec. 7, the West Valley landmark will go to auction in U.S Bankruptcy Court. Kabuto Arizona Properties, which purchased the resort in 1996 filed for bankruptcy in May.
Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. executive Paul Litchfield opened the Wigwam in 1918 as an executive retreat for the company, which relied on cotton grown in nearby fields. The 24-room resort opened to the public on Thanksgiving Day 1929. At the time, guests would receive their room key and a horse for transportation.