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
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.