Flagstaff has a long history of segregating the city's housing. The railroad tracks that went through the middle of the city were the dividing line. It separated the Hispanic and African-American communities to the South, and the white neighborhoods to the North. South of the railroad tracks were the Chantes, Plaza Vieja, and Southside neighborhoods Most of the houses in the Chantes area were owned by the sawmill, and most of the tenants worked for the sawmill in some capacity. Most houses south of the tracks were simple--one to two bedroom homes with basic amenities.