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Winslow Arizona On Route 66
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Winslow, Arizona on Interstate 40, between Flagstaff and the New Mexico border, was the largest town in northern Arizona until the 1960s. It enjoyed a prominent location on Route 66, the Mother Road. Construction of the $7.7 million bypass around Winslow began soon after 1977. When I-40 bypassed the community many of Winslow's local businesses disappeared. For about 20 years, nobody knew what to do.
Route 66 has spawned a number of legends in its wake, and along its course. One of these came from a song of the early seventies. The Jackson brown song was performed by The Eagles, and contains the line:'Standing on a corner in Winslow Arizona, such a fine sight to see. It's a girl my Lord, in a flat bed Ford, slowing down to take a look at me.' That single line, from the song "Take It Easy" put this small desert town back on the map. Take It Easy has become one of the classic road songs, making Winslow Arizona one of the classic road icons. In recognition of this, Winslow has constructed a small park and monument, along what was once Route 66, on the corner of Second and Kinsley right in the middle of town.
Every year, in September, Winslow hosts its, Standing On The corner Festival. The festival is worth attending, and the little park is worth seeking out, for any one traveling along old Route 66. And you never know - you might just spot a girl in a red flatbed Ford.
August 4th, 2013
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