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Standin' on a Corner...

Last Updated: . By Austin Whittall

Winslow is a town in central Arizona on Route 66. It has many classic US66 landmarks: the famous Standing on a Corner statue is a must-see sight.

It has plenty of vintage motels and gas stations, we list them with links below.

You too should be standin' on a corner in Winslow Arizona!

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Route 66 in Winslow Arizona

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The "Standin' on a corner" shield in Winslow Arizona

giant shield painted across the intersection of "Standin’ on a corner" in Winslow Arizona
"Standin' on a Corner" shield in Winslow AZ
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About Winslow, Arizona

Facts, Trivia and useful information

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.

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 vacant 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 seeking: the "Tisado" or "Brand Iron" River.

This is how these Spaniards 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 Spaniards classed them as Pueblo people due to their towns: Pueblo in Spanish means "Village".

The village of "Old Oraibi" is one of the oldest continuously inhabited villages in the U.S.

Their reservation spans 1.5 million acres and consists of 12 villages. It 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 central Arizona 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 US 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 followed a trail 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 the 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 and 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. The Sunset settlement was located on the eastern bank 1 mile from it. Both towns and a third, Obedm, 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. 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.

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".

Downtown Winslow in the 1960s the changing scenery of Main Street - Route 66

Downtown Winslow in a 1960s postcard
A 1960s postcard of the downtown district and Main Street, Winslow, AZ Credits

Same spot nowadays:

Downtown Winslow nowadays
Downtown today, still recognizeable, Winslow, AZ. Click image for Street View

When Route 66 was created in 1926 it was aligned through the city, along its Main Street 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 "standin' on a corner" statue attracts many visitors each year.

Hotels in Winslow

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Weather in Winslow

Route 66 in Winslow AZ; location map

Location of Winslow on Route 66

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 during the summer monsoon period 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 with only 53 days with rain or snow each year.

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.
 

Map of Route 66 in Winslow

Check out Winslow on our Route 66 Map of Arizona, with the complete alignment in the state, and all the towns along it.

The alignment of Route 66 in Winslow

> > Map showing US 66 Historic alignment in Winslow

Winslow, Arizona, its Sights and Attractions

Things to Do and Places to See

Route 66's "Standin' on a Corner" Town

Historic context

In 1946, Jack DeVere Rittenhouse drove the whole of Route 66 and published his "A Guide Book to Highway 66". 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", some of these classic hotels and motels are still standing.

Trivia: 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 months 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.

Tour Winslow from East to West

9-11 Remembrance Gardens

E 3rd St. and Transcon Lane, Winslow

Start your tour the 9-11 Remembrance Gardens, A memorial to remember those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. It has two beams that were part of the structure of the Twin Towers in New York (Street View).
From here, head west along 3rd Street or "Old Route 66".

Whiting Bros Service Station #1 in Winslow

1402 E 2nd St.

It faced both westbound and eastbound traffic along East 2nd and 3rd Streets. Below are the views along both streets, the red arrows show the station behind the one viewed. The westbound traffic gas station still has the "Whiting Bros. - Gas For Less" yellow sign with red letters

Former gas station Route 66 in Winslow
Eastbound lane Whiting Bros, Route 66, Winslow .
Red arrow shows the westbound station behind it. Click image for Street View
This was a Whiting Bros gas station Route 66 in Winslow
Westbound lane Whiting Bros, Route 66, Winslow.
Red arrow shows the eastbound station behind it. Click image for Street View

See this 1990s photograph of the station with all its WB colors.
Read more about all the motels and gas stations of Whiting Bros. on Route 66

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 postcard proclaimed: "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".

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

A 1960s postcard of the Travel Lodge Motel
Vintage postcard from the 1960s of the Travel Lodge Motel in Winslow. Credits

Now: private property

present appearnce of former Travel Lodge Motel on US66
Former Travelodge as it is today, Winslow AZ, Route 66. click image for Street View

Desert Sun Motel

1000 E 3rd St, Winslow

Keep westbound and just ahead to your right you will see the Desert Sun Motel. As you can see in the photos below, the tree next to the pool has grown, the swimming pool has gone, and the neon sign has changed too, but it still is a "kitschy" Route 66-style sign and not a bland modern one.

Present view of the Desert Sun Motel

Present view of the Desert Sun Motel
Click image for Street View

Postcard of the Desert Sun Motel

1960s postcard of the Desert Sun Motel. See large PC

Old Gas station

an abandoned box shaped gas station

Old abandoned Service Station, Winslow. Click image to enlarge

1045 Old Hwy 66

Next to the motel (to your right) is a Vintage Service station. The flat roofed box-shaped building with a flat canopy and a two-door-garage was probably a Texaco filling station. Now it is shuttered.

719 E 3rd St., Winslow, AZ

Just 0.2 miles ahead, to your left is another classic US 66 motel: The Navajo Lodge. Its 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, Winslow AZ

a 1960s postcard of the Navajo Lodge motel on US66
Vintage postcard from the 60s of the Navajo Lodge motel, Winslow, AZ. See large PC

No longer a motel, now it's a private property

former Navajo Lodge motel nowadays
Former Navajo Lodge, nowadays a private property. Click image to enlarge

Marble Motel, now Earl's Motor Court

512 East 3rd St., Winslow, AZ

Continue west for 0.1 mi. On the corner of N. Donnelly, to your right is Earl's Motor Court, formerly "Marble Motel". See its postcard below from 1958. Built in the 1940s and remodeled in 1952. Nowadays it is the Earl's Motor Court, and advertises itself as "Sleeping on the Corner in Winslow". It is the oldest classic Route 66 motel still in operation in Winslow.

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.", so we know why it was called "Marble".
Below is a "Then and Now" sequence.

1958 postcard of the Marble Motel on Route 66 in winslow
Then: Vintage postcard from 1958 of the Marble Motel in Winslow, AZ. www.66postcards.com
Earl’s motel today Route 66 in Winslow, AZ
Now: Earl's Motor Court today, in Winslow AZ, Route 66. Click image St. View

Westerner Motel

504 E 3rd St. Winslow

Ahead, on the same block, across the road, to your left, is the Westerner Motel. The motel had access on both 2nd and 3rd Street, it is now being reformed. The old postcard below says: "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 Winslow’ Western Motel

Present view of the Westerner Motel
Click image for Street View

Vintage postcard of the Winslow Westerner Motel

1960s Oldie postcard of the Westerner Motel, Click for large PC

Former Astro Motel

725 W 3rd St, Winslow

Go west for 0.7 mi. and visit the former Astro Motel with access to 2nd and 3rd streets. Now it is the 10 Motel. Originally part of the Astro 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 that proclaimed the coming of both Space and Atomic Ages. Boomerang shaped roofs, glass structures and angled buildings were very popular during the 1960s. 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.

> > You can Book a Room in this Motel: now 10 Motel

Old Astro motel nowadays. It is a 10 Motel on Route 66

Present view of the old Astro Motel, now 10 Motel
Click image to enlarge

vintage 1960s postcard Astro Motel Winslow

1960s Postcard of the Astro Motel. see large PC

Town House Lodge

1914 W 3rd St, Winslow

Head west for 0.8 mi. at the junction of 2nd and 3rd streets, to your right is the old motel. Its 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 it is still operating as a motel: "The Lodge".

> > You can Book a Room in this Motel: now Lodge Motel

1960s postcard of the Town House Motel
Vintage postcard from the 1960s of the Town House Motel, Winslow. See large PC
current appearance of former Town House Motel, now the Lodge
The Lodge Motel nowadays, Winslow AZ, Route 66. Click image for Street View

Entré Restaurant

1919 W. 2nd St., Winslow, AZ

Across the street to your left, on the south side of the Frontage Road is the former "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."

The Entre Restaurant in a 1960s postcard
A 1960s postcard of The Entré Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge. Winslow, AZ. See large PC
The Entre restaurant nowadays
Entré Restaurant as it is today. Click image for Street View

Tonto Drive Inn Theater

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.

This ends the westbound lane tour of Route 66 through Winslow.

Eastwards through Winslow on US 66

Bazell Modern Court, now private porperty

800 W 2nd St. Winslow, AZ

Turn around and head back, eastwards along 2nd Street. This was the eastbound lane of Route 66 through town. 0.8 miles ahead is what was once the "Bazell Modern Court".
This is a real historic antique by Route 66 standards. Grover Cleveland 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 shown below 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"

1940s postcard of Bazell Modern Court
Vintage postcard from the 1940s? of the Bazell Modern Court. Winslow, AZ. see large PC

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.

current view of the old Bazell Modern Court
Former Bazell Modern Court as it is today. Winslow. Click image for St. View

Hubbell Trading Post

523 W. 2nd Street, Winslow, AZ

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

0.2 mi. ahead, to your right is the Historic "Hubbell Trading Post". The postcard below is from the mid 1940s; it was a 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. The sign above the store reads "Navajo Rugs, Lorenzo Hubbell Co. Trading Post".

1940 photo of Hubbell Trading Post
A 1940s picture of the Hubbell Trading Post. Winslow, AZ. Old Trails Museum ⁄ Winslow Historical Society
current appearance of the Hubbell Trading Post
Hubbell Trading Post as it is today, in Winslow AZ, Route 66. Click for St. View

Winslow's Historic Commercial District

Head east. 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 "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, and it has many brick buildings built between 1883 and 1935. And, 0.2 miles east, stop and park your car to visit the main attraction in Winslow:Standin' on a Corner.

Standin' on a Corner in Winslow Arizona

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

Winslow's famous "Corner"

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

Standin’ on a Corner mural and statue
The "Standin' on a Corner" mural and statue, in Winslow, AZ,

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 street you will see 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 Lyrics of Take it Easy

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

"Take it Easy" was written by Jackson Browne, Delbert Mcclinton, and Glenn Lewis Frey. It is 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!

See The Eagles performing "Take it Easy" on Youtube.

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.

Cottage Style Service Station

NE corner of N Williamson Ave.

Cottage 1920s style gas station

Cottage style service station. Click image for St. View

Just ahead, on the next corner are more attractions. 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.

To your right, is the AZ-87 underpass. And just ahead, also to your right is the Historic La Posada Hotel. The Hotel, the railway station and the 11 acres they comprise, are a Historic Place.

La Posada Hotel and Historic Underpass

303 E. 2nd Street. Winslow, AZ

Both are Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

The Underpass on the western flank of the La Posada Hotel was 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, they chose it 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 "Posada" is Spanish, and means "The Inn". It is still operating (www.laposada.org).

Valentine Diner

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

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.

Valentine Diner before restoration

Winslow Valentine Diner. Before restoration

Restored Winslow AZ neat painted Valentine Diner

Winslow Valentine Diner. Click image for Street View

La Siesta Motel

913 E Route 66

Just 0.3 mi. east to your right is the old "La Siesta Motel" which 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
Click for Street View

Vintage postcard of the La Siesta motel, in Winslow Arizona

1960s Postcard of the La Siesta motel, full size image

Imperial 400 Motel

1224 2nd Street

0.2 mile east, 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 western Route 66.
And this is the end of the city tour in Winslow.

Present view of the Imperial 400 motel, Winslow Arizona

Present view of the Imperial 400 motel. Click on image for Street View

Vintage postcard of the Imperial 400 Motel, in Winslow Arizona

1960s Postcard of the Imperial 400 Motel.Click for large PC

Tours & Itineraries plus outdoor Fun

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 which 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.

National and State Parks, Outdoors

Little Painted Desert

Little Painted Desert near Winslow

Little Painted Desert. 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.

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.

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

West from Joseph City

Jack DeVere Rittenhouse in his (1946) "A Guide Book to Highway 66" mentions that the "towns" of Manila (map), 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 only 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 this 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).

Itinerary from Joseph City to Winslow

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 as you can see in this US 66 map through Joseph City. You will have to backtrack to cross I-40 at Exit 274, turn west and drive for 1.1 mi. along the South Frontage Roadto meet the continuation of US 66 after the dead end (I-40 cut across the original alignment).

This will take you past the Jack Rabbit Trading Post to a new dead end as I-40 cuts Route 66 again. Map of this segment.

The old US 66 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 north of I-40 .

This map shows the alignment as Route 66 criss-crossing I-40. In blue is the driveable section. Black marks the part overlaid by I-40 and the red arrows show the arch north of I-40 that can be seen but not driven.

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

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

Back to Exit 257 at eastern Winslow. The old US66 is now cut by the freeway, but it continues to the south of the freeway and heads into Winslow. Originally it went into the town along 2nd St. But later it split: 3rd St. was westbound and 2nd St. eastbound. This segment ends in downtown Winslow (3.8 miles), use this Into Winslow map.

> >See the previous segment Holbrook to Joseph City
> > This segment is the Winslow to Winona Route 66 alignment

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Credits

Banner image: Hackberry General Store, Hackberry, Arizona by Perla Eichenblat
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.
Jack DeVere Rittenhouse, (1946). A Guide Book to Highway 66.

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