Winslow - Frozen
miles west of the Little Colorado
Winslow became a division point for the
Santa Fe Railway in 1880. In 1881, it became a regular railroad terminal. The settlement
reportedly got its start when a settler named "Doc” F.C. Demerest
operated a business from a tent. Later another settler by the
name of J.H. Breed built the first stone building, and a post office
was established on January 10, 1882. The new town was named for
General Edward F.
President of the railroad.
It was in the late
1800s, that a man named John Lorenzo Hubbell began building Navajo
trading posts all over
New Mexico. These were just part of a trading empire that
included freight and mail lines, as well as curio shops in
bean farms near
and apple farms near Farmington, New Mexico. Hubbell was instrumental in bridging the gap between the white
settlers and the
Navajo people. In Winslow,
the building still stands that once housed the Hubbell Wholesale
Store, which operated from 1924 to 1948.
May 15, 1930
the famous La Posada
House Hotel opened its doors for business. The last one
built in the famous
Harvey Hotel and restaurant chain,
Winslow was chosen for the site, as it was the headquarters for the
Santa Fe Railway. During those days, Winslow was growing so fast that the railroad anticipated the town would soon
New Mexico. Designed by Mary Colter, the famed
Grand Canyon architect, she paid
careful detail to blending the aspects of both the
Spanish cultures of the area into the hotel.
La Posada opened just after the Stock Market crash of 1929 but
still managed to hang on. When the nation recovered from the
depression, the hotel catered to both railroad passengers and the many
travelers of the
Mother Road. At this time, dozens of other businesses sprouted up in the city,
initially catering to the many Dust Bowl escapees, and later, to
leisure travelers after World War II.
1957, railroad travel had all but stopped and the beautiful
La Posada Hotel was closed. Two years later, all of its
museum-quality furnishings were auctioned off. In the early 1960s
much of the building was gutted and transformed into offices for the
The >La Posada wasn’t the only business that suffered during these years. Until the 1960s, Winslow
was the largest town in northern
But life began to slow down in
when the town was bypassed by I-40 in the 1970s, tourism died and
businesses began to close their doors.
the time the Eagles came out with their first hit single "Take it Easy” in
1972, the verse "standing on a corner in Winslow,
put the town on the national map of consciousness, but
Winslow's downtown was frozen in time.
when the railroad announced plans to move out of
good in 1994, and the La Posada was scheduled for demolition, the town gathered up and went
to work. First on the list of items was to save the old hotel, which
they did. Second was the restoration of
downtown historic district, which continues to this day.
Harvey House Hotel was the
last Harvey Hotel ever built, and today is the
left standing that still serves as a hotel,
Kathy Weiser-Alexander, January, 2015,
This image available for photographic prints
La Posada has been fully restored and stands as an oasis in the
desert, catering to a new generation of Route 66 adventurers. The Old Trails Museum provides a collection of artifacts and
memorabilia documenting the history of Winslow and
Arizona. Make sure to capture a photograph or two at the "Standin’ on the Corner”
Park. Throughout your cruise in
Winslow you’ll catch glimpses of vintage Route 66.
Creek Reservoir, just five miles southeast of
can enjoy fishing and water sports. Apache-Sitgreaves National
Forest, some 30 miles south of the city, will also satisfy the water
sports enthusiast, as well as providing camping opportunities. North
on the vast Navajo Reservation, are many prehistoric ruins and cliff
dwellings, and on the Hopi Reservation, are ancient pueblo villages. The Homolovi Ruins State Park is only five miles northeast of
Winslow and Winona, original
Route 66 is extremely patchy, sometimes
following the frontage road and suddenly dead-ending. Most of this
stretch has either been buried by I-40 or has been reverted to private
property. While you can exit to see pieces of the old road, your
only choice in getting to Winona is the interstate. However, along
the way be sure to exit the super highway to see the sights of Meteor
City, Twin Arrows, and the
of Two Guns
of America, updated August, 2015.
Standin' on the corner in Winslow, Arizona, Kathy Weiser-Alexander, January, 2015.
This image available for photographic prints
"Standin on a corner in Winslow, Arizona,
such a fine site to see - It's a girl my Lord in a flat bed Ford slowin'
down to take a look at me ..."
available for photo prints & editorial
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