Friday, June 26, 2015

Standing on the Corner - Winslow, Arizona


Most people are familiar with the song "Take It Easy", written and performed by the Eagles back in the 1970s. For those who somehow missed the whole thing, the lyrics that made this town famous are.....

"Standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona,
such a fine sight to see,
there's a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford,
slowing down to take a look at me."

The song was a big hit and put Winslow on the map. People who had never heard of Winslow now knew that it existed.

Back in 1999, on a street corner donated to the city by a pioneer family, a dedication celebrated the site, which included a statue of a man with a guitar and a wall erected so that it would appear old, with a window that depicts a reflection of a woman in a Ford truck.  Bricks with donors' names pave the area just in front of the window.

The flatbed Ford is parked alongside the road at the exhibit.

This site is probably visited more than anything else in Winslow, probably more than all the other sites put together.  Of course, shops opposite the display have all sorts of Route 66, Eagles and Take it Easy memorabilia.

I know that if this little corner didn't exist in Winslow, I would have probably bypassed the town.  I did find this interesting statue down the road, carved out of a single log from a huge tree.  It looks much taller in person, probably about 20' tall. 

I'm sure the city residents are happy that this song has brought them fame and visitors for the past few decades.


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