“Standin’ on the Corner in Winslow, Arizona… Such a fine sight to see!”
The railroad put most of Northern Arizona on the map, and Winslow is no exception. Back in 1880, the town of Winslow, named for the President of the railroad, Edward F. Winslow, became a hub for the Santa Fe Railway opening the doors for enterprising entrepreneurs. Most notably, John Lorenzo Hubbell created a trading empire bridging the gap between the settlers and the Navajo people. He opened Navajo trading posts all over Arizona and New Mexico, and used the railroad to move product. The Hubbell Wholesale Store in downtown Winslow still stands and is home to the Winslow Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center.
Winslow is also home to the La Posada Harvey House Hotel designed by Mary Colter. Blending Native American and Spanish culture, the La Posada is without a doubt the finest Harvey House ever built. The La Posada weathered many storms and against all odds still stands, and today has been lovingly restored making it a must see stop on your Route 66 journey.
The heyday of Route 66 and the presence of the Santa Fe Railroad kept Winslow as the hub of Northern Arizona until the bypassing of Route 66 in the 1970s. Like so many other Route 66 towns, the death of tourism meant the death of the town. It was around that time that the singing group the Eagles came out with their first hit single, “Take it Easy,” and one little verse… “I was standin’ on the corner in Winslow, Arizona…” put the community back on the map!