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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Corner in Winslow Arizona

The corner in Winslow Arizona is a good stop to add to your northern Arizona vacation planner. "The Corner" is located in downtown Winslow, a spot made famous by the song “Take It Easy”. Written by Glenn Frey and Jackson Browne, that represented the singing group The Eagles first single hit in 1972.

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Standin on the Corner in Winslow Arizona

You'll want to visit the “Standin’ on a Corner” Park which attracts visitors from all over the U.S. and world. You'll see a bronze statue and a two story mural depicting the story behind the famous song. This is a must stop for music fans.

You'll even see the flatboard Ford truck parked on the corner. Directly on The Corner is also a very unique gift shop with a great selection of merchandise celebrating both Route 66 and the famous hit song. The park is also a great photo opportunity site.

Lyrics to the Eagle hit Take It Easy include...

"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"

Add Your Inscribed Brick

In addition to getting some terrific pictures you'll have the opportunity to have a brick inscribed that will be added to the park. Donors can inscribe what they would like written on the brick and it will be laid permanently in the park. For more information on ordering a brick check out the website www.standinonthecorner.com.

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Standin on the Corner bronze statue
Mural and Bronze Statue

The Standin on the Corner Park is in the middle of historic Winslow Arizona and directly on the famous old Route 66. The land for the park was donated by the Kaufman family and is right next to a two story mural by Trompe L'oeil artist John Pugh. This life sized statue was created by Ron Adamson and depicts a man from the 1970's clad in boots, jeans with a guitar on his boot.

Ron Adamson is a sculptor from Montana who has his artwork displayed at several venues. In addition to bronze Adamson also has many excellent wood carvings. Adamson began bronze sculpturing during the late 1980's.

Much of the restoration of downtown Winslow Arizona coincided with the reopening of the historic La Posada Hotel, about a five minute walk from the “Standin’ on a Corner” Park. The La Posada was originally a Fred Harvey Hotel built in conjunction with the Atchison Topeak and Santa Fe Railroad. It was designed by the famed AT & SF Railroad architect Mary Colter. A good number of the historic hotels designed by Colter and others are gone, but not in Winslow. The La Posada  has been beautifully restored and is in full operation. I have spent nights there are would highly recommend it to anyone.

standin on the corner park winslow arizona
A group of citizens of The Corner Foundation recognized the need for a downtown park and the hit record by The Eagles, recorded decades earlier, was a natural move for Winslow. Plans for the park began in 1997 and the dedication took place in 1999. In essence, the lyrics from the 1972 rock hit recording has been transformed into a 21st century tourist photo op.

Old Trails Museum

Just a few doors down from the Standin on the Corner Park is Winslow's Old Trail Museum. Admittance is free and donations are appreciated. If you're visiting the park you'll definitely want to stop into this museum. Exhibits at the Old Trails Museum include artifacts and information regarding the old Route 66 and other historic trails, the Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airport, designed by Charles Lindbergh and a stop for the first transcontinental plane/train route, the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, the Fred Harvey, House, the Harvey Girls, and the La Posada,  northern Arizona ranches and ranchers and information and pictures about the pioneer settlement including the area’s first Mormon settlement.

Two additional Western Trips photo article links you'll find interesting:

A Visit to Historic Prescott Arizona

Old Town Tucson Arizona 

ford flatbed truck taking it easy
Famous Ford Flatbed Truck
Standin on the Corner Festival

Winslow Arizona hosts an annual Standin' on the Corner Festival at the end of September featuring country rock and Eagles tribute bands. Attending this festival is a great way to end up the summer. The dates for the 2013 festival are September 27th and 28th. The festival is a two day celebration featuring live bands, arts & crafts, food vendors, a live auction, a beer garden and much more.

You'' also want to note the dates of October 4th and 5th 2013 for the Standin on the Corner "Just Cruisin" Car Show.

Winslow Arizona is located on Interstate 40 between Flagstaff and the New Mexico state line. It is about 57 miles east of Flagstaff Arizona.

Visiting Winslow Arizona

Winslow Arizona has the distinction of being on a railroad stop for Amtrak's Southwest Chief, the daily passenger train service between Chicago and Los Angeles. The train stops directly in front of the La Posada Hotel, the historic old Harvey House. Travelers to Winslow have the option of traveling there by passenger train or by Interstate 40 making the town very easy to reach. If traveling there by train, the La Posada is a great hotel to sty at and historic downtown Winslow and the Standin on the Corner Park is only a five minute walk.

(Photos and images from author's collection)

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