In the summer of 1926, a new route connecting Chicago to Los Angeles received its new designation: US ROUTE 66. Towns along The Main Street of America thrived, including Winslow Arizona—one of the largest, most vibrant towns in Northern Arizona.
As happened all along the route, when I-40 replaced Route 66 as the main thoroughfare, the towns suffered. Road travel was no longer about exploring the small towns across the country. It was about getting from point A to point B in the quickest way possible. The once thriving downtown Winslow went to sleep. Buildings were boarded up. Businesses went away.
Over the last decade, though, there has been renewed interest in exploring the backroads of America. Winslow is once again thriving as people take time off the Interstate to stand on the corner made famous by The Eagles in 1972.
Route 66 thru Winslow
Route 66 is divided through Winslow, 2nd Street going East and 3rd Street going West. The key intersection in town can be found at 2nd and Kinsley. Other attractions on 2nd street include the Visitor’s Center at the old Hubbell Trading post, the Standin’ on the Corner Park, and the La Posada Hotel, a restored Harvey House.
If you’re planning your Route 66 adventure, be sure to make a stop in Winslow Arizona, take your photo on the Famous Corner, grab a bite to eat, tour the La Posada, and say hi to the city of 10,000 Friendly Faces!
For more information, check out the visitors site!
Until next time…