The Corner that put Winslow, Arizona on the Map

By:  Lisa & Dan Brown

29th Dec, 16


"Well, I'm a-runnin' down the road, tryin' to loosen my load
I've got seven women on my mind.
Four that want to own me, two that want to stone me,
One says she's a friend of mine..."

Captain Dan "standin' on the corner in Winslow, Arizona"

...and there we were (how most of our stories begin...it's a military thing) "Standin' on the corner in Winslow, Arizona". All this time, we thought this was a fictional place in a popular 1972 Eagles classic rock song, but no, it is very real. What's funny is we didn't plan on going there. We were OTR (on the road) this past spring and happened to stop for an overnight in nearby Holbrook.

We parked our Landmark at the OK RV Park, unhooked and set up with ample enough time to go check out this notorious small town treasure. We like to go see things…the weird, the strange, the well-known and the unknown; this being no exception. Besides, we both were and are big Eagles fans. To get there, we took I-40 exit 252, then east on Route 66 (Second Street) Northwest corner of Second and Kinsley Avenue.

Lisa at the famous corner.
In 1999, a public park was opened commemorating the Eagle's song 'Take it Easy' written by Jackson Browne and the late Glenn Frey. Today stands a life-size bronze statue of Jackson Browne with a guitar on the corner on Route 66 in Winslow. In the middle of the intersection is a huge Route 66 sign painted on the asphalt.
 
Only a few steps away from the statue is the park surrounded by a wall of bricks; each with a donor's name and story describing their fondness for Winslow. There's also an amazing life-like two-story mural by John Pugh (behind Dan in the photo above)
 
A small tidbit of history of the town: Through the 1960s Winslow, which was once the largest town in northern Arizona and a base of operation for thousands of railroad workers, thrived, but in the late 1970s construction began on I-40 which would bypass the tourist town. The opening of I-40 combined with an influx of big chain stores along the new interstate would take a toll on Winslow's downtown. The town found itself in an economic rut for the better part of two decades. However, as the 20th Century came to a close, Winslow prepped for its renaissance.?
 

In 1992 the 11-acre La Posada Historic District was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The district includes the Winslow Santa Fe station and La Posada Hotel. Shortly after, the Standin' On The Corner Foundation was formed (formerly known as La Posada Foundation) to further stimulate the town. La Posada Hotel, a former Harvey House on the Santa Fe Railroad, was restored and reopened in 1997 - the first step towards resuscitating the town.

Taking advantage of Winslow's mention in "Take It Easy", the Standin' On The Corner Foundation spent '97, '98, and '99 raising money and planning design concepts. Standin' On The Corner Park opened in September 1999. Across the street stands Roadworks Gifts and Souvenirs and yes, they play(ed) nonstop Eagles music.?
 
The 2006 animated film "Cars" brought renewed attention to U.S. Route 66 and the main street businesses in towns long bypassed. Winslow was not featured in the movie, but La Posada Hotel and the Roadworks Souvenir Shop were credited as locations where Pixar personnel conducted extensive research for the film.?

On October 18, 2004, there was a fire at the Standin' on the Corner Park, but the famous corner survived. As of 2011, an attempt to restore downtown Winslow tourism has been on the up. Today, the town seems to be a thriving bustle once again with locals and tourists driving Route 66 and frequenting the shops and cafes.

Now, each time we hear that song, we can say we've been there. It will take us back to that special corner in small town, Winslow that we visited while we will singing along...

"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..."


Lisa & Dan Brown

Lisa & Dan Brown


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Dan & Lisa Brown are known as "Always On Liberty". They are two Coasties (30 years Retired & Veteran) who fought Mother Nature guarding our coasts and saving souls now travel between them with their two Maine Coon Cats. They have been full-time traveling since 2014 with their 2016 Heartland Landmark 365 Ashland (formerly '16 Heartland Cyclone 4100). They are avid hikers, ADV motorcycle riders, bloggers and travel enthusiasts. They enjoy visiting, hiking and riding our National Parks, Monuments, Historical Sites, Battlefields and strange places. 
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