Winslow, Arizona

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Winslow, Arizona
Standin' on the Corner Park and mural
Location of Winslow in Navajo County, Arizona.
Location of Winslow in Navajo County, Arizona.
U.S. Census Map
U.S. Census Map
Winslow is located in Arizona
Location in the United States
Winslow is located in the US
Winslow (the US)
Coordinates: 35°1′43″N 110°42′3″W / 35.02861°N 110.70083°W / 35.02861; -110.70083Coordinates: 35°1′43″N 110°42′3″W / 35.02861°N 110.70083°W / 35.02861; -110.70083
Country United States
State Arizona
 • MayorThomas L. McCauley
 • Total12.33 sq mi (31.93 km2)
 • Land12.28 sq mi (31.79 km2)
 • Water0.05 sq mi (0.14 km2)
Elevation4,850 ft (1,478 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total9,655
 • Estimate (2016)[3]9,754
 • Density794.62/sq mi (306.80/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (MST)
ZIP code86047
Area code(s)928
FIPS code04-83930
WebsiteCity of Winslow

Winslow (Navajo: Béésh Sinil) is a city in Navajo County, Arizona, United States. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 9,655.[2] It is located approximately 75 miles (121 km) SE of Flagstaff, 320 miles (510 km) W of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and 329 miles (529 km) SE of Las Vegas.


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.[4]

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 bought and restored by Allan Affeldt[5] and it currently serves as a hotel.[6]

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.

Winslow achieved national fame in 1972 in the Eagles / Jackson Browne song “Take it Easy” which has the line “standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona."


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20169,754[3]1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[8] 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[edit]

Winslow is at 35°1′43″N 110°42′3″W / 35.02861°N 110.70083°W / 35.02861; -110.70083 (35.028482, −110.700782).[9] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.3 square miles (32 km2), all land. It is located approximately 75 miles SE of Flagstaff, 320 miles W of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and 329 miles SE of Las Vegas.

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.

Climate data for Winslow, Arizona (1981–2010 normals)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 75
Average high °F (°C) 49.5
Average low °F (°C) 20.8
Record low °F (°C) −18
Average precipitation inches (mm) .52
Average snowfall inches (cm) 1.4
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 inch) 4.6 4.6 5.0 2.9 2.8 1.9 6.2 8.6 5.1 3.4 3.4 4.5 53.0
Average snowy days (≥ 0.1 inch) 1.5 1.1 .9 .2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .6 1.6 5.8
Source: NOAA (extremes 1915–present)[10]
Birds-eye view of Winslow (looking East), 1890


Winslow Police and Court Complex

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.


Diesel freight locomotive which has just come out of the Santa Fe roundhouse at Winslow, 1943. Photo by Jack Delano.

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 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).

Interstate 40 runs just north of Winslow; the town is on the historic U.S. Route 66 in Arizona.

Main sights[edit]

La Posada Hotel, Winslow

The historic La Posada hotel has been beautifully restored. It is home to acres of flower and vegetable gardens, the museum of painter Tina Mion, and the Turquoise Room, a world class restaurant and martini bar.

The nearby Meteor Crater, sometimes known as the Barringer Crater and formerly as the Canyon Diablo crater, is a famous impact crater.

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.

The Painted Desert and Petrified Forest are about 60 miles (97 km) east of Winslow. The Little Painted Desert is 18 miles (29 km) north of Winslow.

Meteor Crater is a meteorite impact crater and museum approximately 18 miles (29 km) west of Winslow.

Historical events[edit]

In the era of steam locomotives, Winslow was an important stop on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway for adding water and fuel to trains. Passengers could disembark and have enough time to have a meal during the extended stop. During the 1920s many celebrities chose to come west to Hollywood and when they stopped in Winslow a parade took place. The local newspaper frequently documented these special events.

Winslow was also home to a roundhouse and maintenance depot for the Sante Fe. When the station at Barstow, California was given the engineering responsibility for newer diesel locomotives, Winslow began its slow decline. Company brass moved out, as did other employees needed for such maintenance and repairs.

In 1949 when the Shah of Iran came to America and toured some sights, he chose to come to the Grand Canyon. His plane landed at the Winslow airport and the entourage took land transport to get to the canyon.[11]

In the 1970s, Winslow was chosen as the site of one of ten Decision Information Distribution System radio stations, designed to alert the public of an enemy attack. The system was never implemented and the station was not built.

9-11 Remembrance Gardens[edit]

Winslow is 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 Rodríguez, 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.

In popular culture[edit]

Winslow Post Office with zip code 86047.

Winslow was referenced in the popular 1972 song "Take It Easy" written by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey and performed by the Eagles.[12][13] The city had suffered a loss of commerce when U.S. Route 66 was supplanted by Interstate 40,[14] but the popularity of the song led to renewed attention for Winslow and a commercial renaissance[15].[citation needed]

The Crew video game featured Winslow as a location,[16] as did its sequel The Crew 2.




Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 18, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-08-23.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  4. ^ Jeff Scott (2002-08-07). "History and information about Winslow, Arizona". Retrieved 2011-12-26.
  5. ^ "La Posada: Masterpiece Saved From The Wrecking Ball". Payson Roundup. 2015-09-18. Retrieved 2016-04-12.
  6. ^ Weiser, Kathy (March 2010). "Winslow, Arizona - Frozen in Time". Legends of America. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  10. ^ "NowData - NOAA Online Weather Data". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved 2013-07-19.
  11. ^ "Shah Arizona Schedule Set: Entourage To Arrive At Winslow Tuesday". Arizona Republic. November 27, 1949. p. 1.
  12. ^ "Standin' on the Corner Park". Doug Kirby, Ken Smith, Mike Wilkins. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  13. ^ "Mention the name Winslow, Arizona". Standin' on the Corner Park. Standing On The Corner Park Foundation. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  14. ^ "Park History". Standin' on the Corner Park. Standing On The Corner Park Foundation. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  15. ^ "Renaissance Commercial -". Renaissance Commercial. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  16. ^ "Cities And Towns - The Crew - Guide". IGN. 2017-12-18. Retrieved 2018-06-25.

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