Winslow, which became a division point for the Santa Fe

Railway, lies along Interstate 40 on the western border of Navajo

County in the high plateau country of northeastern Arizona.

The community, at an elevation of 4,850 feet, lies in the Little

Colorado River Valley (the river skirts the city's eastern edge) and is

58 miles east of Flagstaff. Famed Route 66 was the major east west

route through Winslow before I-40 replaced it.

 

The first settler, in 1880, was reputed to have been a hotel man

who lived in and did business from a tent. Two years later, in

January 1882, a U.S. Post Office was established. Incorporated in

1900, the town was said to have been named for Edward Winslow,

a railroad company president.

 

Winslow has a diversified economy in which transportation,

tourism, manufacturing, trade and retail business are important factors.

The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad and the Arizona

Department of Corrections are the major employers with 500

employees each. Trade is the second largest employer, partly due to

tourism brought in by traffic on I-40 and state Highway 87, which

connects Winslow to Phoenix (state Highway 87 continues north

into the Navajo and Hopi Indian reservations).

Major retail stores in the area include Wal-Mart, Video City, and the

Flying J and Pilot truck stops. The lumber industry influences the

economy of the Winslow area with a sizeable number of employees

at Winslow and in the Apache Sitgreaves and Coconino National

Forests.

 

The Apache Sitgreaves National Forest, 30 miles south of the city,

offers camping, hunting, fishing and water sports. Meteor Crater,

Sunset Crater, and Canyon de Chelly National Monuments are all

within a two-hour drive of Winslow. The Petrified Forest National

Park is just 60 miles east of Winslow adjacent to the famed Painted

Desert. North of Winslow on the vast Navajo Reservation are many

prehistoric ruins and cliff dwellings, and on the Hopi Reservation are

ancient pueblo villages. Five miles northeast of Winslow is Homolovi

Ruins State Park, a prehistoric archaeological site consisting of ruins

left by the Anasazi, who are believed to be the ancestors of the

Hopi people. The Little Painted Desert, located 18 miles north of

Winslow, offers a beautiful rim drive easily accessible from the city.

Five miles southeast of Winslow is Clear Creek Reservoir, where

fishing, boating, water sports, picnicking and swimming are

enjoyed. La Posada is the last Fred Harvey Hotel surviving in the

West. Restored to its former elegance, it is located in downtown

Winslow. It was the hub of transcontinental rail and air traffic in

the 1930’s and 1940’s. The Old Trails Museum is a fine collection of

memorabilia documenting the history of Winslow and northern

Arizona. It is also located in downtown Winslow.