"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..."
...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.
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.
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..."