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Standing on the Corner

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Civilizations have thrived in the area of Winslow and Holbrook Arizona for centuries. From the ancient Hopi village of Homolovi to the Mormon settlement of Brigham City societies were sustained by water from the Little Colorado River and are surrounded by the natural beauty and spectacular vistas of northeastern Arizona.

Winslow, born over 100 years ago, has a lot to entice history buffs. Such things as a historic "Route 66" downtown district, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad Company .the old trails museum, and much more are sure to interest visitors.

Due to its location and the influence of the railroad industry, Winslow is a combination of cultures, European, Native American, Hispanic, Asian, and Anglo American, all blended together to share a strong sense of community pride in this place they call home.

A recent addition to the city of Winslow is The Standin on the Corner Park, which has become an interesting "draw" for music fans who remember the line "standin on the corner in Winslow, Arizona, such a fine sight to see" from the No. 1 hit, "Take it Easy." sung by the Eagles.

The casual lifestyle in Winslow is peaceful and relaxed, set in an overall atmosphere of warmth and hospitality.

A few miles down Interstate 40, you will come to Holbrook, Arizona, a frontier town in 1881 and a frontier town ever since. Only the theme of adventure has changed.

In the 1880s, the frontiersmen were the cowboys, cattle ranchers and railroaders. Commodore Perry Owens, the local sheriff, is credited with bringing law to the town in 1888 in a famous shootout with cattle rustlers at the Blevins House. That still stands, as does the Bucket of Blood Saloon and many other historic buildings.

In the 1930s through the 1950s the frontiersmen were travelers on Route 66. This narrow strip of asphalt was a symbol of hope for farmers fleeing the dust bowl soldiers starting a new life after World War II, as well as a symbol of adventure for travelers answering the call of the west.

Today Holbrook is the frontier for modern explorers. The spectacular beauty and spirituality of Native American lands beckons travelers to pull off of interstate 40. When they do they step into a different space and time, where ancient tradition and values provide a deep and rich perspective on life.

Source: Northeastern Arizona Daytrip Guide


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