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Standin' On A Corner In Winslow Arizona
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© Christine Till
Is a passing mention in a 30+ year old rock song lyric cause for civic celebration? When the Eagles first decided to "Take it Easy" in a song written by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey in 1973, the reference to "standing on a corner in Winslow Arizona" was just a catchy almost-rhyme.
Along the infamous Route 66, there really is a corner in Winslow, Arizona, on which you can stand. They even named it "Standin' On a Corner Park" after the catchy line in the Eagles song. I was surprised to find there was such a place. On the corner of Kinsley Avenue and Second Street/Route 66 is a statue of a young man leaning on his guitar, and on the store window behind him is a painting of a woman driving past in a red Ford pickup. Across the street is a Route 66 memorabilia shop playing Eagles songs on a continuous loop. They have every Route 66 souvenir you can imagine. Painted in the intersection is a huge Route 66 road sign. If you stand there long enough, you will see a steady stream of people stopping to take a photo on the corner. Many will ask you to take the photos for them. It's a great way to meet fellow travelers, and it's also good karma.
The Eagles made Winslow, Arizona famous in their song "Take It Easy." It's a song almost everyone knows, hums and sings. It has put Winslow on the map.
August 6th, 2013
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