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Arizona Route 66

Standin' on a Corner in
Winslow, Ariz.

Arizona Route 66


Joseph City, Arizona

Located halfway between Holbrook and Winslow is the old Route 66 town of Joseph City. Originally founded by Mormon Pioneers in 1876 on the banks of the Little Colorado River, it became a quiet stop for gas, lodging, and food. Many of the old homes that line the main street, old Route 66, still survive. Their windows once reflected on the busy traffic of the Mother Road passing by. But now the road is quiet, as only a town bypassed by the interstate can be. The Mechanic Went Home Years Ago

 

"If you Haven't Stopped at the Jackrabbit, You Haven't Been in the Southwest"

Collectable Route 66 MagnetYou can get lots of Great Route 66 Souvenirs here at the Jackrabbit. Don't forget to stop.

Classic Jackrabbit Signs

Jackrabbit Owners

Famous Jackrabbit Trading Post West of Joseph City along a stretch of the original Route 66 is one of the most memorable landmarks on Route 66, the Jackrabbit Trading Post. Its famous highway signs have become a part of the Mother Road mystique. Many a weary traveler learned to love them and looked forward to the promise of rest and refreshments to come.
The Jackrabbit Trading Post was started in 1949 and catered to post WW II travelers. During the heyday of Route 66 it offered food, gas, and camping. Today you can gas up your car, and browse through all the Route 66 curios. Get that Route 66 coffee mug you've always wanted, or look through the books on the Mother Road. If you are in the area, this is a required stop for all Route 66 fans.

End of an Era at Jackrabbit

 

Route 66 and Winslow, Arizona

Old Trails Museum Winslow was founded as a railroad division terminal in the early 1880's along the 35th parallel or Beale's Camel Road. It became a favorite stopping place on Route 66 during its heyday. The La Posada Hotel, a Harvey House built in 1930, provided fine cuisine and elegant lodging for the road weary traveler and railroad passenger alike. Bits and pieces of Route 66 can still be found throughout the town.
   
Perhaps Winslow is most well known today for its famous street corner. But there is more to Winslow than that. It is a town that is well worth exploring. Get off I-40 and step into another time. Absorb the history and feel of Route 66 as you walk along the sidewalks. And while you're here don't forget to visit the Old Trails Museum. You won't be sorry.
    
The Most Famous Street Corner in the World

Famous street corner in Winslow given worldwide attention in Jackson Browne's song "Take it easy" sung by the Eagles.

Vintage Trading PostFamous Lorenzo Hubbell Trading Post in Winslow. Lorenzo Hubbell was an early day Indian trader in the area. His family carried on the business for many years in Winslow. A Winslow landmark.

     
When I was in high school I was going up into the mountains above Boulder, Colorado with a friend in his pick-up truck. He had the radio on and we heard a new song that we both instantly liked. It was by a new band called the Eagles (please don't do the math) and it had a catchy lyric that caught our attention...
     
Standin' on a Corner in Winslow Arizona

 

"Standin on a corner in Winslow, Arizona Such a fine site to see - It's a girl my Lord in a flat bed Ford slowin down to take a look at me ..."

Never in my wildest dreams would I have though that I would actually stand on that famous corner in Winslow, Arizona decades later. The city of Winslow has turned the corner into a park, right on Route 66. I would hazard to guess it just might be the most photographed corner in the world!
     

The Beautiful La Posada

The Harvey Houses found along the Santa Fe tracks have always fascinated me. Thankfully we have realized what a special treasure we have in them and they are being restored in towns all along Route 66. The La Posada in Winslow is a gem in the desert. Perhaps not as imposing as the El Garces in Needles, California. Its charm lies in its simplicity of well crafted line that captures, in my opinion, the spirit of the Southwest.

La Posada Hotel and RR Station La Posada Hotel in Winslow. An old Harvey House on Route 66.

La Posada from the Track Side

The La Posada Harvey House was the last one built. It was built in 1930 at the unbelievable cost of two million dollars. This was in the midst of the great depression and Santa Fe Railroad was expecting Winslow to become another Mecca like Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The La Posada has the distinction of being designed by one of the greatest architects in the Southwest, Mary Colter. Colter had been designing projects for the Fred Harvey Company for 25 years when she designed the La Posada in 1928. Mary Colter had an eye for detail and a way with design that would blend aspects of Native American and Spanish Colonial design into a style all her own. The La Posada is the jewel of her inspiration.

La Posada Interior

Photographs taken November 2000 & May 2003


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NAVIGATION NOTE: Buckle up and hold on to your mouse! These pages are arranged like the map above. I have set up this site as if you were traveling from EAST to WEST, much like the Joad family in The Grapes of Wrath. You can click on the Route 66 shields to "travel" the Mother Road in either direction though. Clicking West Route 66 or East Route 66 will take you to the next town or area on the map in that direction. Or you can select any shield below to take you to that specific state.

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