26 Sep Standin’ on a Corner in Winslow, Arizona
Jen and I had to get our picture taken “standin’ on the corner” because a visit to Winslow, Arizona is not complete without the obligatory photograph taken in front of the fantastic mural created by John Pugh. It’s painted on a free-standing brick wall and shows a couple embracing in a hot hug in the second story window! What a great little “park” they’ve created here with a bronze life-size statue of Jackson Browne and a red flatbed truck parked next to the curb. The store across the street plays the song “Take it Easy” by the Eagles non-stop (which could be really annoying if you worked there and had listen to it 24/7 – but most of us are just passing through so not an issue.)
Winslow and this park are a fascinating classic Route 66 story of a little town that nearly went bust when the interstate system took all the travelers away. In 1997 they founded the “Standin’ on the Corner Foundation” as a way of attempting to bring more visitors there way. The park opened in 1999 and has been a great tourist draw ever since. What a wonderful success story.