|Standin' on the Corner Park and mural|
|• Mayor||Robin R. Boyd|
|• Total||12.3 sq mi (31.9 km2)|
|• Land||12.3 sq mi (31.9 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||4,850 ft (1,478 m)|
|• Density||773.1/sq mi (298.5/km2)|
|Time zone||MST (UTC-7)|
Winslow 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 Winslow, a prospector who lived in the area.
The last Harvey House (La Posada Hotel) opened in 1930. It was designed by Mary Colter. The hotel closed in 1957 and was used by the Santa Fe Railway for offices. The railroad abandoned La Posada in 1994 and announced plans to tear it down. It was saved by Route 66 fans, and it currently serves as a hotel.
U.S. Route 66 was originally routed through the city. A contract to build Interstate 40 as a bypass north of Winslow was awarded at the end of 1977. I-40 replaced U.S. Route 66 in Arizona in its entirety.
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 per square mile (100.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 40.8% 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.
Geography and climate
Winslow experiences a dry, temperate arid climate (Köppen BWk), with a wide diurnal temperature variation year-round, averaging 32.7 °F (18.2 °C). Winters are cool and dry, while summers are hot, and bringing the largest portion of the annual precipitation, which is 6.99 inches (178 mm); snowfall averages 6.4 inches (16 cm) per season.
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 Airport (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. When it was built, it was the only all-weather airport between Albuquerque, New Mexico and Los Angeles, California.
The city is on BNSF Railway's Southern Transcon route which runs between Los Angeles, California, and Chicago, Illinois. It is also a crew change point for BNSF Railway. The city also has twice-daily Amtrak service at Winslow (Amtrak station) (one train eastbound and one westbound).
Standin' On The Corner Park is 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.
9-11 Remembrance Gardens
Winslow is also home to the 9-11 Remembrance Gardens, a memorial honoring those who lost their lives during the September 11 attacks. The memorial was constructed using two beams recovered from the wreckage of the World Trade Center towers in New York City.
The 9-11 Memorial in Winslow is a result of the efforts of Bill Herron and Councilwoman Dee Rodriquez, along with a committee, planning for a remembrance. There was news of beams from the Trade Center towers' wreckage being given away and the persons in charge of the wreckage were contacted and agreed to give Winslow beams of 14 and 16 foot length.
Walmart supplied the transportation to Winslow. A large number of citizens donated time and money to the erection of the memorial, which was in place and celebrated on the first anniversary of the event, September 11, 2002. The memorial is at the corner of Transcon Lane and old Route 66 near the Flying J Truck Stop.
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:
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 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'".