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About Winslow, Arizona

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Elevation 4,850 ft (1.478 m). Population 9,655 (2010).
Time zone: Mountain (MST): UTC minus 7 hours. Summer (DST) no DST⁄ PDT (UTC-7).

Winslow is a relatively large town in Navajo county in central-eastern Arizona: It is located on the alignment of Route 66. See a Map of Winslow.

The statue at the famous "Corner" in Winslow Arizona. Route 66

Standing on a Corner, mural and statue, Winslow, AZ. Route 66
The "Standing on a Corner" mural and statue,
Winslow, AZ,
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For over ten thousand years, human beings have hunted and lived in the central part of Arizona. Later, during historic times, the Anasazi or Ancestral Puebloans lived in the higher region north of the Little Colorado River. They were an agricultural society that peaked betwen 700 and 1150 AD. Most of them moved towards New Mexico around 1300 AD as a dry spell and invading groups displaced them from their homeland. Those who would become the Hopi remained behind.

The hunter gatherer Navajo (Diné) people occupied the territory and later adopted farming which they learned from the Pueblo Indians.

A Spanish expedition led by Francisco Vazques de Coronado reached western New Mexico en 1539 and from there, sent a group of men led by García López de Cárdenas to reconnoiter Arizona.

They visited the Hopi pueblos of the province of "Tusayan" and their Hopi guides took them to the River they were looking for, the "Tisado" or "Brand Iron" River. And that is how these Spanish discovered the Colorado River and became the first Europeans to see the Grand Canyon. Their path to the Hopi land took them by Winslow.

The Hopi

Famous for their August "Snake dance" (the snake in the mouth). The name Hopi derives from Hopituh Shi-nu-mu and means "The Peaceful ones". The Navajo, who were their enemies called them "Moki" or "dead ones".

The Spanish classed them as Pueblo people (after their settlements. Pueblo in Spanish means "Village"). The Hopi descend from the Anasazi people and are farmers.

The village of "Old Oraibi" is one of the oldest continuously inhabited villages in the U.S., and is located on high sandstoner cliffs.

Their reservation spans 1.5 million acres and consists of 12 villages and is surrounded by the Navajo Nation Reservation. In the 1980s there were some land disputes between both tribes. Homolovi Pueblo was the home of the ancestral Hopi before they had to flee to the mesas further north to be safe from their enemies.

The Spanish never occupied this area after they conquered Nueva Mejico in 1597. Mexico, who succeeded Spain in 1821 did not settle it either. It was only after the U.S. annexed the territory after winning the 1846-48 War against Mexico that settlement began.

The Navajo who also occupied the land north of the Little Colorado River were a bellicose tribe and the U.S. Army established Fort Defiance in 1851 to subdue them. The Navajo were finally pacified in 1868 and a treaty assigned them a large reservation in New Mexico and Arizona.

The government had already explored the region: Lt. Edward Fitzgerald "Ned" Beale (1822 - 1893) surveyed a wagon road from Ft. Smith Arkansas to California in 1857 and ollowed a route that roughly lined up with what is now Route 66.

His expedition followed the Little Colorado River and crossed it at Sunset Crossing next to where Winslow is now located. Beale employed camels, imported from Africa as pack animals. Although they were hardier than mules the Army declined to use them in the future because the camels scared both horses and mules.

During the American Civil War, the Unionist government created the Territory of Arizona (1863) separating it from New Mexico and in 1870 a fort was built nearby at Holbrook. In 1876 the Mormons from Utah moved south to settle in Arizona, they used a trail which was later known as the Honeymoon trail

Honeymoon Trail

The Mormon settlers had to go back to Utah to marry because there were no temples in Arizona. They reached Utah using the "Mormon Wagon Road", which linked Lee's Ferry on the Colorado River with Sunset Crossing right beside Winslow.

In an article written in 1934, Arizona Historian Will Barnes christened this route as the "Honeymoon Trail".

The Mormons established the village of Brigham (after Brigham Young, President of Mormon church from 1847 until his death in 1877 and founder of Salt Lake City) roughly 1.5 miles north of modern Winslow, on the western bank of the Little Colorado River, and the Sunset settlement was located on the eastern bank 1 mile from it. Both towns and a third, Obed were later abandoned and only Joseph City survived to this day.

The Atlantic and Pacific Railroad, later Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad (AT&SF) laid their tracks through Winslow in 1882. They crossed the Little Colorado River at Sunset. The first settler was F.C. Demerst who opened a tent in 1880 and tended to the railway workers and local Indians. The first stone building was erected by J. H. Breed ca. 1881. The post office opened in 1882.

The Name: Winslow

The Navajo name for the town is Béésh Sinil, but the station and town were named after General Edward F. Winslow, who was the President of the AT&SF. However some versions have it that it was named after a prospector who lived in the area, Tom Winslow.

The surname Winslow was first written as Wineshlauu (849) and Weneslai (1086). It derives from a personal name "Wine", which meant "friend" and the Old English word "hlaw" or "burial mound". Therefore its means "Wine's burial mound".

It grew as a trading center with the Hopi and Navajo, and for the cattle ranches that surrounded it. It was a railway division point too.

Downtown Winslow in the 1960s and now, the changing scenery of Main Street Route 66

Time passes by inexorably on U.S. 66

Downtown Winslow in the 1960s, a postcard of Winslow, AZ. Route 66
A 1960s postcard of the downtown district and Main Street, Winslow, AZ,
Downtown Winslow today,  Winslow, AZ. Route 66
Downtown Winslow Today, still recognizeable
Winslow, AZ,
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Route 66 was routed through the town, along its Main Street when it was created in 1926 and remained the main highway until I-40 bypassed the town after 1977.

The town achieved recognition again with the Eagles' 1972 hit "Take it Easy" and the "standing on a corner" statue attracts many visitors each year.

Where to Stay

There is lodging on Route 66 in Winslow itself

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Lodging Near Winslow along Route 66

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>> There is a RV campground in Winslow, and nearby in Holbrook and Barringer Crater

Weather in Winslow

The climate of Winslow is dry, temperate and arid. Relative air humidity is low and this leads to wide variations beween night and day temperatures all through the year, causing hot dry summer days but cool summer nights and cold winter ones.

During summer (Jul), the average high temperature is around 94.5°F (34.7°C) and the average low is 61.9 °F (16.6°C). In winter the average high (Jan) is 49.5°F (9.7°C) and the average low is about 20.8°F (-6.2°C), well below freezing pont.

As expected for an arid area, rainfall is scarce: 6.99 inches (178 mm) yearly and about half of it falls from July to September (3.1 in. - 79 mm). Snowfall is also light, with only 6.4 inches (16.3 cm) per year, between Oct. and April.

It is sunny in Winslow, only 53 days per year are days with precipitation.

Tornado risk

There is almost zero tornado risk in Winslow: Navajo County has no Tornado watches. The area west of the Rocky Mountains has virtually no tornado events at all.

Tornado Risk: read more about Tornado Risk along Route66.
 

Route 66 and Winslow, AZ
Location of Winslow, Route 66

Getting to Winslow

To the east is Joseph City, (22 mi) Holbrook (33 miles) and further east lies Houck. On the New Mexico state line is Lupton.

To the west are Twin Guns, Winona and Flagstaff (58 miles).

Map of Route 66 through Winslow

Static Map showing Route 66 alignment through Winslow, AZ

Map of US66 in Winslow AZ
Map showing Route 66 in Winslow AZ, by

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Pale Blue: Historic Route 66 alignment; Red line: where the original roadbed is under the modern I-40 freeway alignment.

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Route 66's alignment in Arizona: Winslow

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Route 66 across Arizona

Historic U.S. highway 66, "Route 66" has been designated as an All-American Road and National Scenic Byway in the state of Arizona.

Click on the following link for a Full description of Route 66 across the state of Arizona.

Below is more information on the Route 66's alignment which was routed through Winslow along its Main Street since it was created in 1926.

Winslow, Arizona, its Sights and Attractions

Things to Do and Places to See

Route 66's "Standing on the Corner" Town

Winslow, best known for its Standing on a Corner Eagles song, has many classic Route 66 landmarks , these are some of them: the Desert Sun Motel, the Bazell Modern Court, the Astro Motel and the Imperial 400 Motel, the 1920s Gas station (Phillips?) and the historic Hubbell Trading Post and the last Harvey House: La Posada Hotel. It even has a Valentine Diner. Visit the nearby Little Painted Desert.

Historic context

In 1946, Jack DeVere Rittenhouse published his "A Guide Book to Highway 66" and in it, he mentioned the main hotels in town at that time: "La Posada, Chief, Winslow, Palace, Elk." and its courts (Motels): "Bazell, Drumm's, West End, El Hopi, Union, Camp Keyton, Beacon, Sears Auto Camp".

There is plenty to see in Winslow and there are many Route 66 icons in town, we detail them below:

World's Largest Navajo Rug

Rittenhouse also mentioned that the Hubbell Motor Co.'s showroom had the "world's largest Navajo Rug: 21 feet by 37 feet" (6.4 x 11.2 m). It took 3 years and 3 monts to weave and weighs 240 lbs. (109 kg).

It was acquired in 2012 by the Winslow Arts Trust at La Posada Hotel. The rug had been commissioned by Lorenzo Hubbell Jr. in 1932 to draw business to his trading post (more on the post below).

The seamless rug, woven on the largest Navajo loom, is valued at $1 million. Its patterns were copied from ancient pottery.

The Arts Trust plans to open the Route 66 Art Museum in summer 2016 to exhibit the rug.

Start your tour at the eastern side of town Here (see this map), at the 9-11 Remembrance Gardens:

9-11 Remembrance Gardens

E 3rd St. and Transcon Lane, Winslow

A memorial to remember those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. It has two beams that had been part of the structure of the Twin Towers in New York. (Street View).

From here, head west along 3rd Street "Old Route 66" and after 0.7 miles, to your right you will see the former Travel Lodge:

Travel Lodge, now a private property

1216 E. 3rd St., Winslow, AZ

The Travel Lodge is shown in the postcard below, which was printed in the 1960s. The Winslow Travel Lodge was proclaimed (on the back of the postcard) as "winslow newest TRAVEL LODGE 1216 E. 3rd St. Winslow, Arixona On Highway 66 East - Heated swimming pool. Telephones, Television, Air conditioned. 30 Beautiful Units - Restaurant across street. AAA Approved. Phone 289-2491".

Then: The Travel Lodge as it was in the 1960s in Winslow, AZ. Route 66

A 1960s postcard of vintage Travel Lodge Motel on Route 66 in Winslow, AZ
Vintage postcard from the 1960s of the Travel Lodge Motel
Winslow, AZ,

Now: private property, Winslow AZ on Route 66

present appearance of former Travel Lodge Motel on Route 66 in Winslow, AZ
Former Travelodge as it is today, in Winslow AZ, Route 66
Google
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Keep westbound and, you will see, just ahead, also to your right, the Desert Sun Motel:

Desert Sun Motel

1000 E 3rd St, Winslow

As you can see, the tree next to the pool has grown, the swimming pool has gone, and the neon sign has changed too, but it is a "kitschy" Route 66-style sign and not a bland modern one:

Present view of the Desert Sun Motel in Winslow Arizona

Present view of the Desert Sun Motel Google
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Vintage postcard of the Desert Sun Motel in Winslow Arizona

1960s Postcard of the Desert Sun Motel, amazon.com

Beside the motel, also to your right is a Vintage Service station:

Present view of old gas station Winslow Arizona

Abandoned Service Station, Winslow AZ Google
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Old Gas station

1045 Old Hwy 66

The flat roofed building with a flat canopy and a two-door-garage was probably a Texaco filling station. Now it is shuttered.

Just 0.2 miles ahead, to your left is another classic motel, the Navajo Lodge

719 E 3rd St., Winslow, AZ

The Navajo Lodge was a classic Route 66 motel. The 1960s postcard shown below has printed on its back: "NAVAJO LODGE MOTEL On u.s.Hwy. 66 West 719 E. 3rd St. Winslow, Arizona Phone 289-3331 or 3889 One of Winslow's Newest and Finest Motel accommodations - Singles - Doubles - Twin Units - Combination Bath - TV and Telephones in rooms. Good Restaurant close by - Near Business Center of Town - Refrigerated in Summer - Warm Airconditioned in Winter.

Then: The Navajo Lodge as it was in the 1960s in Winslow, AZ. Route 66

A 1960s postcard of vintage Navajo Lodge on Route 66 in Winslow, AZ
Vintage postcard from the 60s of the Navajo Lodge
Winslow, AZ,

Now: a private property, Winslow AZ on Route 66

current appearance of the Navajo Lodge on Route 66 in Winslow, AZ
Navajo Lodge, nowadays a private property in Winslow AZ, Route 66
Google
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Continue west and 0.1 mi. west, on to your right on the corner of N. Donnelly is Earl's Motor Court:

Marble Motel, now Earl's Motor Court

512 East 3rd St., Winslow, AZ

The Marble Motel, shown in the postcard below from 1958 was built in the 1940s and remodeled in 1952. Nowadays it is the Earl's Motor Court and it is advertised as "Sleeping on the Corner in Winslow", it is the oldest classic Route 66 motel still in operation in Winslow. (earlsmotorcourt.weebly.com)

The postcard says on its back:"MARBLE MOTEL On Westbound U.S. 66 512 East Third St. Winslow Arizona. Recommended by Duncan Hines "Lodging for a Night". Mr. and Mrs. Rex Marble Owner Operated.". And lets us know why it was called "Marble".

Then: The Marble Motel as it was in 1958 in Winslow, AZ. Route 66

A 1950s postcard of vintage Marble Motel on Route 66 in Winslow, AZ
Vintage postcard from 1958 of the Marble Motel
Winslow, AZ,

Now: Earl's Motor Court, Winslow AZ on Route 66

Earl’s motel today Route 66 in Winslow, AZ
Earl's Motor Court today, in Winslow AZ, Route 66
Google
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Just ahead, On the same block, across the road, to your left, is Western Motel:

Western Motel

504 E 3rd St. Winslow

The motel had access on both 2nd and 3rd Streets. The old postcard below described the "Western Motel .... 31 units, 19 refrigerated, tiled combination baths, 12 air conditioned with tile showers...". The swimming pool has been filled in, but you can still make out its ouline in the parking lot:

Present view of the Western Motel in Winslow Arizona

Present view of the Western Motel Google
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Vintage postcard of the Western Motel in Winslow Arizona

1960s Postcard of the Western Motel, alibaba.com

Keep westbound and 0.7 miles ahead is the former Astro Motel:

Former Astro Motel

725 W 3rd St, Winslow

You can Book a Room in this motel.

The present 10 Motel was originally part of a chain that spanned Arizona, California, Utah and also reached Kansas. It opened in 1964 with space-age-style (see its serrated roof). It had a standard Googie Architecture design with bold geometric shapes proclaimed the coming of both Space and Atomic Ages. Boomerang shaped roofs, glassed structures and angled buildings were very popular during the 1960s.

There are more Astro's on Route 66: the Kingman AZ Astro, the Barstow CA Astro and the Pasadena CA Astro.

Later it became a "Motel 6" as you can see in the postcard below. It is still open as a motel and you can spend the night here:

Present view of the Astro Motel, now 10  Motel in Winslow Arizona

Present view of the Astro Motel, now 10 Motel Google
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Vintage postcard of the Astro Motel, now 10  Motel in Winslow Arizona

1960s Postcard of the Astro Motel, ebay.com

Head west and 0.8 mi. ahead, when 2nd and 3rd streets mege into one single avenue, you will see, to your right, the old Town House Lodge:

Town House Lodge

1914 W 3rd St, Winslow

You can Book a Room in this motel.

The vintage postcard described it as follows: "U.S. 66 West edge of Winslow... 55 Beautiful Units Refrigerated air conditioning... U.S. Koylon Luxury beds." it was a Best Western Hotels Member and now is still operating as a motel, it is "The Lodge".

Town House Lodge ina a 1960s postcard Winslow, AZ. Route 66

Town House Lodge ina a 1960s postcard Winslow, AZ
Vintage postcard from the 1960s of the Town House Motel
Winslow, AZ,

Now: The Lodge

present appearance of former Town House Lodge on Route 66 in Winslow, AZ
The Lodge in Winslow AZ, Route 66
Google
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Now look to your left, across the road, on the south side of the Frontage Road is the former Entré Restaurant:

Entré Restaurant is still open

1919 W. 2nd St., Winslow, AZ

The Entré Restaurant, shown in the 1960s postcard below opened in 1958 and was run by Steve and Helen Sponduris. It had the town's first Beer Hall (1962), surprisingly, is still open.

The text on the back of the card reads: "ENTRE RESTAURANT AND COCKTAIL LOUNGE, west Winslow on Interstate 40 (US 66). Featuring the finest char-broiled steaks and gourmet sandwiches in our spacious dining room and coffee shop. Authentic locally made Indian Jewelry from the southwests finest silversmiths. Close to better motels with ample off-highway parking."

Then: The The Entré Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge, as it was in the1970s in Winslow, AZ. Route 66

A 1960s postcard of The Entré Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge on Route 66 in Winslow, AZ
A 1960s postcard of The Entré Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge.
Winslow, AZ,

Now: the Entre Restaurant still in business, Winslow AZ on Route 66

Street View The Entré Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge on Route 66 in Winslow, AZ
Entre Restaurant as it is today, in Winslow AZ, Route 66
Google
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Tonto Drive Inn

W 3rd St. West of Winslow

If you want to drive a bit further, west, you can visit the site of a now defunct "drive in theater" which was located on the western side of town, along Old Route 66, on the south side of the road. Now it is an area with warehouses. Only the rusting marquee emains. See the marquee (Street View) and its location.

Turn around and head back, eastwards along 2nd Street. 0.8 miles ahead is what was once the Bazell Modern Court:

Bazell Modern Court, now private porperty

800 W 2nd St. Winslow, AZ

The Bazell Modern Court. They are a real historic antique by Route 66 standards: Grover Clevelan Bazell, a lawyer, started his business in Winslow in 1921, when he opened a garage and a Buick dealership. He then built the Bazell Moden Camp, with cabins, which they called cottages.

Later the cottages were connected forming a "Court", a primitive form of motel, and the place was renamed Bazell Modern Court and was ran by the Powells.

You can still see some of the original buildings on the north side of the road, now converted to homes.

The 1940s? postcard says on the back: "BAZELL MODERN COURT, WINSLOW, ARIZONA. Located on the West side of the city, on U. S. 66 at 800 West Second Street. All cottages have either tub or shower, some with kitchenettes. All are equipped with inner-spring mattresses. Comfortably heated in winter and air conditioned in summer. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Powell, operating owners. Phone 165. CORRESPONDENCE"

Then: The Bazell Modern Court as it was in the 1940s in Winslow, AZ. Route 66

A vintage 1940s postcard of vintage Bazell Modern Court on Route 66 in Winslow, AZ
Vintage postcard from the 1940s? of the Bazell Modern Court
Winslow, AZ,

The image below shows the same building that is behind the signpost in the postcard above. Its porch with Spanish roof tiles and an arched opening is the same but the house now has a gabled roof instead of a flat one.

Now: former Bazell is a private property, Winslow AZ on Route 66

Present view of the Bazell Modern Court on Route 66 in Winslow, AZ
Former Bazell Modern Court as it is today, in Winslow AZ, Route 66
Google
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Just ahead, 0.2 mi. to your right is the Historic Hubbell Trading Post:

Hubbell Trading Post

523 W. 2nd Street, Winslow, AZ

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

The Hubbell Trading Post, shown in the postcard below from the mid 1940s, was the warehouse and wholesale store in Winslow.

Lorenzo Hubbell began trading with the Navajo from Pueblo Colorado AZ in 1878; he renamed the place Ganado. He ended up owning 24 trading posts, and freight lines. In the early 1920s he opened a warehouse and store in Winslow; his empire collapsed and went bankrupt in 1954. The brick building with a wide porch is still standing and is now home to Winslow's Chamber of Commerce.

Then: The Hubbell Trading Post as it was in the mid 1940s in Winslow, AZ. Route 66.
The sign above the store reads "Navajo Rugs, Lorenzo Hubbell Co. Trading Post".

A 1940s photograph of the Hubbell Trading Post on Route 66 in Winslow, AZ
A 1940s picture of the Hubbell Trading Post
Winslow, AZ,

Now: the Hubbell Trading Post today, Winslow AZ on Route 66

Hubbell Trading Post today Route 66 in Winslow, AZ
Hubbell Trading Post as it is today, in Winslow AZ, Route 66
Google
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Continue eastbound and to your right just 0.1 mi ahead is an Old Service Station (See its Street View), on the SW corner of 2nd and N. Berry. Now you enter the Winslow's Historic Commercial District:

Winslow's Historic Commercial District

Between 1st and 3rd Streets and Warren and Williamson Avenues.

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

This is the historic district with many brick buildings built between 1883 and 1835.

And, 0.2 miles east, stop and park your car to visit the main attraction in Winslow:Standing on a Corner:

Standing on a Corner in Winslow Arizona

NW corner at N. Kinsley Ave. and W 2nd St., Winslow's Standing on the Corner Park.

Winslow's "Corner"

See a View of the "Corner", statue and mural.

The city of Winslow chose the corner of W 2nd St. and N. Kinsley Ave. to erect a life-size bronze statue of a man carrying an acoustic guitar. It is placed next to a street lamp with a sign shaped like the Route 66 shield saying "Standin' on the corner".

The mural behind the statue is painted on a red-brick wall, and depicts the reflection of a flat bed Ford pickup driven by a blonde woman. There is an eagle perched on the first window's sill of the second floor and a couple is embracing in the third window (are they the woman from the pickup and the man from the corner?).

On the road is a painted Route 66 shield ("Arizona US 66"). Ideal for a great photograph.

The "On The Corner street festival" is held the last week of September.

The famous "Corner" in Winslow Arizona, The Route 66 shield is painted on the road:

The corner of Standing on a Corner in Winslow, AZ. Route 66
Route 66 Shield at "Standing on a Corner" in
Winslow, AZ,
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Lyrics and review

Take it Easy

Eagles

Well, I'm running down the road
tryin' to loosen my load
I've got seven women on my mind,
Four that wanna own me,
Two that wanna stone me,
One says she's a friend of mine
Take It easy, take it easy
Don't let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy
Lighten up while you still can
don't even try to understand
Just find a place to make your stand
and take it easy

Well, I'm a standing on a corner
in Winslow, Arizona
and such a fine sight to see
It's a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed
Ford slowin' down to take a look at me
Come on, baby, don't say maybe
I gotta know if your sweet love is gonna save me
We may lose and we may win
though we will never be here again
so open up, I'm climbin' in,
so take it easy
Well I'm running down the road
trying to loosen my load,
got a world of trouble on my mind
lookin' for a lover who won't blow my cover,
she's so hard to find
Take it easy, take it easy
don't let the sound of your own
wheels make you crazy
Come on, baby, don't say maybe
I gotta know if your sweet love is gonna save me
oh oh oh
Oh we got it easy
We oughta take it easy

Take it Easy

By

"Delightful memories of the 70's " by , Written on Sep 23, 2015

Review. A catchy song with a great melody and an interesting story in the lyrics. Frey's excellent vocals, both warm and soft, blends nicely with the guitar. It is a great song, moving and charming. It brings back many memories of my youth in the 1970s, listening to it on the radio or at clubs and wondering where Winslow was; a mysterious town in Arizona's desert... with lovely girls driving pickup trucks!

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The band: The Eagles

The Eagles are an American rock band that was formed by Glenn Frey, Bernie Leadon, Don Henley and Randy Meisner in 1971. They had six number-one albums and five number-one singles. They received six Grammies and five American Music Awards.

They disbanded in 1980, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 and have got together to play every now and then.

The song: "Take it Easy"

Written by Jackson Browne, Delbert Mcclinton and Glenn Lewis Frey, it is copyright of Music Corp. Of America Inc., Swallow Turn Music.

Sung by Frey, it became the band's first hit single shortly after it was released on May 1, 1972. It reached position #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and remained 11 weeks on the chart.

It was the first track on their debut album "Eagles". It is one of the top 500 songs that "Shaped Rock and Roll" of the The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Jackson Brown began writing the song in 1971 for his own debut album, but decided to give it to his neighbor and friend Glenn Frey for his new band. Frey finished the song (the line "... such a fine sight to see..." is his).

According to Browne, the corner was not in Winslow but in Flagstaff on East Rte. 66 and Switzer Canyon. The "girl in a flatbed pickup" incident actually took place: she stared at him with lust but, she was not driving a Ford, she was driving a Toyota. He opted for Winslow in the lyricis because his van broke down there.

Continue your tour through Winslow

Just ahead, on the next corner are several sights:

Cottage 1920s style gas station

Cottage style service station, Google
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Cottage Style Service Station

NE corner of N Williamson Ave.

A typical mid 1920s to early 1930s "cottage style" service station. A design that was used by Conoco and Phillips so that their gas stations blended in with their residential surroundings. Their friendly home-like appearance attracted customers. See similar ones in other parts of Route 66: Phillips 66 in Cuba MO and McLean TX and the Conoco in Commerce OK.

To your right, is AZ-87 undepass. And just ahead, also to your right is the Historic La Posada Hotel:

La Posada Hotel

303 E. 2nd Street. Winslow, AZ

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

The Hotel, the railway station and the 11 acres they comprise, are a Historic Place.

Historic Underpass

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

The Underpass, west of the La Posada Hotel is a Historic site. Built in 1936, it passes under the tracks of the AT&SF railway.

The building and its landscaping was designed by architect Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter well known for her Grand Canyon buildings. See a View of the Hotel.

The hotel was built at a cost of over $1 million by the Fred Harvey Company (about $40 million nowadays). As Winslow was the Santa Fe railway's headquarters in Arizona, thjey chose that town to build it.

It opened in 1930, weathered the Great Depression and closed in 1957. It remained in the hands of the railway until 1994 when Allan Affeldt and partners purchased it and restored it.

It was the last Harvey House to open, and its name is Spanish, and means "The Inn". It is still operating, www.laposada.org.

Valentine Diner

NW corner of N. Colorado Ave. and 2nd St.

Valentine Diner

Valentine Diner, Google
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To your left, across form the La Posada is this classic diner. The diner was one of at least 2,000 diners built by the Valentine Manufacturing Company of Wichita, Kansas.

Arthur Valentine (1891 - 1954) invented them and began producing them in 1947. They were movable diners that came in different sizes and models. The Aristocrat had eight seats. The company gradually lost business in the 1960s and folded in 1975, the fast food chains and suburbia had displaced the small diners.

See other Valentine's on Route 66 in: Edgewood NM and Albuquerque NM.

Just 0.3 mi. east to your right is the old "La Siesta Motel":

La Siesta Motel

913 E Route 66

The motel is currently the "Winslow Garden Apartments" and has retained its original appearance. Its postcard proclaimed: "30 New, Modern Units. All Private Baths. Forced Air Furnace Heat, Air Conditioned... Mr. & Mrs. John Poeth".

Present view of the La Siesta motel, Winslow Arizona

Present view of the La Siesta motel, Google
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Vintage postcard of the La Siesta motel, in Winslow Arizona

1960s Postcard of the La Siesta motel, ebay.com

Keep eastwards, and 0.1 miles ahead, to your left is an abandoned motel, formerly the L-Z Motel:

former L-Z Motel neon sign, Winslow Arizona

Neon Sign of the L-Z motel, Google
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L-Z Motel

1105 2nd St.

The boarded and abandoned motel has a spectacular Neon Sign (see image) which reads: "L-Z Budget - Motel - Weekly Monthly Rates - Entrance", but previously it was the famous L-Z Motel which could be accessed by both east and westbound travelers, along 2nd and 3rd streets.

The former glory of the L-Z Motel can be seen in the following image, where you can see the original sign, still standing, but which read "LZ Motel Entrance"

vintage postcard of the L-Z Motel, Winslow

L-Z Motel in a 1960s postcard. See the sign on the right side of the image. ebay.com

Barely 0.1 mile east is the former Imperial 400 motel:

Imperial 400 Motel

1224 2nd Street

On the NW corner and spanning the block between 2nd and 3rd streets is this former Imperial 400 Motel, which was part of a motel chain founded in 1959. Its buildings had a characteristic "Gull Wing" shaped roof (like this motel has). Their slogan was "Aye, royal Accommodations at Thr-rifty Rates". The business went broke in the mid 1960s and sold out to new owners.

The motel is now the College View Apartments, and the pool has gone. There are several Imperial Motels along Route 66:Needles, Barstow and Pasadena CA.

Present view of the Imperial 400 motel, Winslow Arizona

Present view of the Imperial 400 motel, Google
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Vintage postcard of the Imperial 400 Motel, in Winslow Arizona

1960s Postcard of the Imperial 400 Motel, ebay.com

And this is the end of the city tour in Winslow.

Tours & Itineraries plus outdoor Fun

Nearby Route 66 Towns

Head east and visit Holbrook, Navajo, Sanders, Houck, Lupton. Go west and visit Barringer Crater, Two Guns, Twin Arrows, Winona and Flagstaff.

The area around Winslow

At Winslow Route 66 crosses the southern part of the Little Painted Desert, with bright red colored cliffs and grayish - red sands. It extends north into Utah and lies between the eastern plateau and the Little Colorado and Colorado Rivers.

Heading west from Winslow the road gradually climbs into the Arizona Plateau, a table-land which will rise all the way to Flagstaff.

To the west lie the snow capped summits of volcanic San Francisco Peaks around Flagstaff. They are young volcanoes (6-million-years-old) and the highest one is Humphreys Peak which is the highest point in Arizona (12,633 ft - 3.853 m).

US 66 at Winslow leaves the Little Colorado River behind. It takes a turn to the nortwest and runs towards the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon. Its original name was Rio Lino (Flax River). The countryside has red sandstones and shales both red and light colored. There are some lava buttes.

Little Painted Desert

Little Painted Desert near Winslow

Little Painted Desert, Winslow Az.

This photo of Little Painted Desert is courtesy of TripAdvisor

18 miles north of Winlsow along NM.87.

There is a road that leads to the rim, and from an overlook you have great vistas of the coloured hills that are amazing. This is a Map with Directions from Winslow to the Little Painted Desert.

Barringer Meteor Crater

26 miles west along Route 66.

See our page on Barringer Crater. This is the Map with Directions.

The Alignment of Old Route 66 near Winslow

route 66 shield Arizona

West from Joseph City

Jack DeVere Rittenhouse in his (1946) "A Guide Book to Highway 66" mentions that the "towns" of Manila, 3 miles west of Joseph City and Havre (9 miles from Joseph City) were not located on the highway and "[don't] even offer a gas station for the motorist". They were merely railway sidings.

Rittenhouse does mention the "The Painted Desert Hideaway", fuel and a café 4 miles east of Winslow, and the bridge across the Little Colorado River as the main attractions in thss section.

At that time there was also a "flag station" 6 miles east of Winslow: Hobson. It was opened during the Spanish - American War of 1898, hence its name. Richmond Pearson Hobson (1870 - 1937) was a United States Navy Rear Admiral and later a U.S. Representative from Alabama. A veteran of the Spanish-American War, he received the Medal of Honor years later for his heroism during that war.

The station was about 3⁄4 mile south of Route 66 (Map of Hobson).

Head west from the central part of Joseph City along Main Street; the old road ran along Main St. but this now ends in a dead end after 3 miles (just past Ella's Frontier Trading Post). You will have to backtrack to cross to the south of I-40 at Exit 274 and then head west along the South Frontage roade to meet the old alignment. This is the Map through Joseph City.

Keep along this road (see Visiting Rabbit Trading Post) for 3.8 miles, all the way to Exit 269, where it ends next to the Trading Post; See this Map Joseph City to Jack Rabbit Trading Post.

The old road continues on the north side of I-40, where it can be seen but not driven (see this street view of a concrete culvert on the old alignment).

The old alignment then crosses to the south side of I-40 and becomes Hibbard Rd. which can be accessed at Exit 264 followed east to the dead end where it begins, just to the west of the Jack Rabbit Trading Post, and west, all the way to Exit 257. It is a 10 mile segment and includes both the original 1926 and the later 1930s alignment; this is the complete map: See the map of this segment.

Note for the purists: the 1926 alignment splits from the road described above (we used the 1930s alignment for its westernmost part). But you can drive it if you want to: this is the map Map of the 1926 part.

Back to Exit 257: the old road crosses to the south and heads into Winslow. Originally it went along 2nd St. But later it followed 3rd St. westbound and 2nd St. eastbound through Winslow. This segment ends in downtown Winslow (3.8 miles): Into Winslow map.

> > See the previous segment Holbrook to Joseph City

> > See the next segment Winslow to Winona

National and State Parks

Petrified Forest National Park

Read about this park which we describe in our page on Holbrook: Petrified Forest National Park.

Homolovi State Park

7 miles north of Winslow (Map and Directions) on the Little Colorado River.

Its 4,500 acres protect an Anasazi settlements (ancestral Hopi villages) from the 14th century. It also has ruins of the 1870s Mormon settlement of Sunset. There is a visitor's center and museum plus trails and a campground to enjoy nature.

More information (928) 289-4106.

Sources

Image from Old Trails Museum ⁄ Winslow Historical Society, under Fair Use.

Image Used as per Google Street View Image Api Updated Dec. 31, 2014.

Lyrics of "Take it Easy" by Jackson Browne, Delbert Mcclinton, Glenn Lewis Frey used under Fair use.

Will Croft Barnes, Arizona Place Names, University of Arizona Press, 1988.

Historic Route 66 in Arizona All-American Road, National Scenic Byway, www.fhwa.dot.gov.

Jack DeVere Rittenhouse, (1946). A Guide Book to Highway 66.

Image by Vítězslav Válka adapted under its CC BY-SA 3.0 CZ License

Map Icons by Nicolas Mollet under its CC BY SA 3.0 License