It all started in 1961, just this side of the Arizona–New Mexico border near Window Rock. San Cristobal native Flora Jackson, then in her mid-30s, purchased a 1953 Travelite travel trailer and opened a restaurant, Flora's Cafe, inside it. 

"She was having a nervous breakdown, and they said she needed something to do," said daughter Virginia Jackson. "She saw the diner and said, 'This is what I want to do.'" 

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