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Winslow ( ) is a city in Navajo Countymarker, Arizonamarker, United Statesmarker. According to 2005 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 9,931.

It was named for either Edward F. Winslow, president of St. Louis and San Francisco Rail Road, which owned one half of the old Atlantic and Pacific Railroad or Tom Wilson, a prospector who lived in the area.

The last Harvey House (the La Posada Hotel) opened in 1930. It was designed by Mary Colter. The hotel closed in 1957 and was used by the Santa Fe Railroad for offices. The city, which was a stop on the U.S. Route 66, was bypassed by I-40 in the 1970s. It achieved national fame in 1972 in the Eagles song “Take it Easy” which had the verse “standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona." The Santa Fe Railroad abandoned the La Posada in 1994 and announced plans to tear it down. It was saved and now caters to Route 66 fans.

Geography and climate

Winslow is located at (35.028482, -110.700782) .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.3 square miles (31.9 km²), all of it land.

Monthly Normal and Record High and Low Temperatures
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Rec High °F 75 78 85 92 101 106 109 103 99 93 80 74
Norm High °F 47.1 54.4 61.5 69.8 79 90 93 90.1 83.5 71.7 57.7 47.1
Norm Low °F 21.3 25.5 31.1 36.9 45.3 54.2 62 61.1 52.9 40.1 28.7 21
Rec Low °F -18 -7 -2 16 23 35 44 41 31 13 -1 -12
Precip (in) 0.46 0.53 0.61 0.27 0.36 0.3 1.18 1.31 1.02 0.9 0.55 0.54


As of the census of 2000, there were 9,520 people, 2,754 households, and 1,991 families residing in the city. The population density was 773.1 people per square mile (298.6/km²). There were 3,198 housing units at an average density of 259.7/sq mi (100.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 52.56% White, 5.18% Black or African American, 23.47% Native American, 1.03% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 13.49% from other races, and 4.18% from two or more races. 28.84% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,754 households out of which 40.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.2% were married couples living together, 16.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.7% were non-families. 23.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.86 and the average family size was 3.40.

In the city the population was spread out with 29.8% under the age of 18, 11.0% from 18 to 24, 31.1% from 25 to 44, 18.1% from 45 to 64, and 10.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 122.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 134.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,741, and the median income for a family was $35,825. Males had a median income of $28,365 versus $20,698 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,340. About 17.5% of families and 20.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.9% of those under age 18 and 16.3% of those age 65 or over.


Winslow is served by the Winslow Unified School District.

Three public elementary schools are located in the city limits: Bonnie Brennan Elementary School, Jefferson Elementary School, and Washington Elementary School. Winslow Junior High School and Winslow High School serve the city.

Winslow also hosts the Little Colorado Campus of Northland Pioneer College.


Winslow is served by Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airportmarker (IATA: INW, ICAO: KINW). Originally constructed by Transcontinental Air Transport, there is currently no commercial airline service here. The Winslow airport was designed by Charles Lindbergh, who stayed in Winslow during its construction. It was paid for by Howard Hughes. When it was built, it was the only all-weather airport between Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Los Angeles, California.

Winslow is situated on one of the busiest railroad lines in the United States with more than 100 freight trains passing through Winslow daily. The city is on the Burlington Northern Railroad's Santa Fe Transcon route which runs between Los Angelesmarker, California, and Chicagomarker, Illinois. It is a crew change point for the BNSF Railway. The city also has twice-daily Amtrak service at Winslow marker (one train eastbound and one westbound).

Interstate 40 runs just north of Winslow.

Main sights

The nearby Meteor Cratermarker, sometimes known as the Barringer Cratermarker and formerly as the Canyon Diablo crater, is a famous impact crater.

Standin' On The Corner Park, a park featuring murals depicting the famous "Girl my lord in a flatbed Ford" Winslow also has an annual Standin' on the Corner street festival, traditionally held the last week of September.

The Painted Desertmarker and Petrified Forest are about 60 miles east of Winslow. The Little Painted Desert is 18 miles north of Winslow.

Winslow is also home to the 9-11 Remembrance Gardens, a memorial honoring those who lost their lives during the September 11th terrorist attacks. The memorial was constructed using two beams recovered from the wreckage of the World Trade Center towersmarker in New York Citymarker.

Bill Engvall also alludes to the city of Winslow in his video for "Here's Your Sign".

Take It Easy

Winslow was immortalized by the song "Take It Easy" written by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey and performed by the Eagles. The song tells the tale of a disconsolate singer with woman troubles and includes the lines:

Well, I'm a standin' on a corner in Winslow, Arizona,
and such a fine sight to see
It's a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford,
slowin' down to take a look at me

The city had suffered a loss of commerce when U.S. Route 66 was supplanted by Interstate 40, but the popularity of the song led to renewed attention for Winslow and a commercial renaissance.

The scene described in the song was replicated as a trompe-l'oeil mural painted on the side of a building in Standin' on the Corner Park in Winslow. On October 18, 2004, a fire destroyed the building on which the mural was painted. The wall and the mural were preserved, but the park temporarily closed.

In November 2006, the city of Winslow purchased the property where the building had stood. The wall with the mural was secured and the rest of the building torn down.

As of August 2007, the corner of the park, with the statue and the mural, is accessible again. Plans are underway to expand the mural to cover the remaining wall, and to expand the park onto both sides of the wall.

The city also posted a billboard on I-40 with the words: "Winslow, Arizona says 'Take it easy'".

Notable natives and residents


  3. Winslow Weather
  5. Page 18, Just a Guy: Notes from a Blue Collar Life, St. Martin's Press, ISBN 0312362676 (2007).

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