Standing On A Corner in Winslow, Arizona

♫ Standing On A Corner in Winslow, Arizona ♫

Recognize those lyrics?

It's, Take It Easy, by The Eagles.

Don't worry, even though I've heard the song many times, it didn't hit me until I saw this:

standing on a corner in winslow arizona

(You can thank me later for putting that little nugget in your head. Now, you'll be singing it all day. You're welcome.)

The song tells the tale of a disconsolate singer with woman troubles, and includes the following 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.

You just sang that while reading the lyrics, didn't you? I did too.

Anyway, the city had suffered a loss of commerce when U.S. Route 66 was replaced 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 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 purchased the property where the building had stood. The wall with the mural was secured and the rest of the building torn down.

So, where is Winslow, Arizona?

Well, it's about an hour or so east of Flagstaff on Interstate 40, which is also the historic Route 66. But before you actually get to Winslow (if you are headed west), you get the privilege of traveling through the painted desert:

painted desert winslow arizona

And, the petrified forest:

petrified national forest arizona

petrified national forest arizona winslow

Until you finally arrive in Winslow:

standing on a corner in winslow arizona

I couldn't have planned this better myself even if I tried. Well, maybe I could have, but I didn't.

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