Sunday, August 28, 2011

Standing 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.

Take It Easy - I'm only quoting the famous Eagles' song. The town of Winslow decided to take advantage of their fame and create the "Standin' On The Corner Park." Notice the Eagle up in the first window.

And there's some hanky-panky going on up there too.

The town is also famous for being on historic Route 66.

It runs right in front of the Park. Notice that isn't really a building, just a wall. It used to be a building, but it burned down in 2004. Fortunately, the wall and mural were saved.

Just down the street, La Posada Hotel was the last great railroad hotel for the Santa Fe Railway. Designed by Mary Colter and opened in 1930, it closed in 1957. It has now been restored and caters to Route 66 fans.

The railroad is just outside these gates.

The hotel is filled with all sorts of strange modern art and paintings.

This 18' by 7' painting is "A New Years Party in Purgatory for Suicides in which Liberace Makes a Guest Appearance Down from Heaven Just for the Hell of It," by Tina Mion.

You can put on a party hat and join in if you would like.

You can read her explanation, along with who all's in the picture, here.

But at least they had some rusty stuff!


Sondra said...

My first impression of Winslow was not so hot..but then I found these same cool things that you found...and I realized it was a cool town after all! I enjoyed my stay there...I had not planned to stay but I caught up in a Haboob and the road was closed so I had to spend the night! I ws headed for the crater.
Great Photos...I didnt go inside La Posada so I was happy to see these inside shots!

Kimbopolo said...

That painting is so compelling! Funny and poignant. Thanks for posting.

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

Thank goodness you found some rusty stuff, it has been so long since you posted any rusty pictures I was afraid you'd have a meltdown!

Love the sense of humor with the street corner park. It is well done. And with you standing next to the statue, you added a little class to the scene. :c)

FULL-TIMERS...OCT. 17, 2009 said...

We had a great time in Winslow! The people were all so nice. Enjoy the ride!

Lew and Jan Johns said...

The first time I detrained at Winslow was....Summer 1964. Somewhere I have a PIC of the Brick Platform (in better days). A lotta miles on dirt road from there to Heber/Overgaard wher my BIL was District Ranger.


Wandrin said...

Wouldn't be the first time a song put a city on the map. I'm so old I didn't realize the Four Lads song "Standing On The Corner" wasn't the song that inspired Winslow's downtown revitalization on old Route 66.

La Posada was a great place to cruise and take photos.

Thanks for the memories.

E Squared and Mui said...

Now, you've done it ... that song is just going to go round and round in my head all night :-) What a neat town ... of course any town that has murals like that is neat in my book.

Sue and Doug said...

what a great town of Winslow!..thanks for the tour..standing on the corner!!

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

Great tour. We were there, but I do not remember any of that. hat cannot be good:(

Dave said...

Great...and the song is one of my all time favourites.

pweaver said...

We loved Winslow! I try not to buy toooo many t-shirts, but "Standin' on the Corner" was one I couldn't pass up!

A neat little attraction that has become unforgettable.

Anonymous said...

That song is epic and one of my very favorites. Lived in AZ in the 70s when that song was popular but never traveled to Winslow. Thanks for the pictures and history about the town.


squawmama said...

Never been to Winslow, Az. but will give it a visit now next time we travel around there... Interesting!
Have fun & Travel safe

Barbara and Ron said...

Interesting painting. I wonder why she put herself in the painting. Isn't that just asking for something bad to happen to her?

Happytrails said...

Thanks for the great tour of Winslow!! I love that song!! :-) We will definitely put this on the "to see" list.