Winslow to Holbrook – nice and slow!

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Mar 222012
 



Seeing I have the next 12-14 months running back and forth from Scottsdale to Joseph City / Holbrook, I figured I should REALLY get to know the eastern part of Route 66 in Arizona as well as I could…

I usually leave around 5am (or earlier) on my trek north to Flagstaff then east to Joseph City. I like driving in the dark, there is no one out and the road is pretty much yours.

Getting to Flagstaff – the snow was everywhere! Reports said 19-28″ (depending on who you believe) fell over the weekend, and I decided to postpone my trip one day to get the plows out and do what they do best.






I hit a few ice patches in Flagstaff, but just enough to get gas and get on I-40 (sorry, I have a meeting to get to!)

Before I rushed to get to my meeting, I thought it would be nice to get off at the Winslow exit to ‘poke a peek’ at what was happening. I came across this building, which has a story behind it…







This is the ‘Route 66 Palace’ in Winslow – located right across the street from the Winslow Theater (the theater is for sale ya know!) and I stumbled upon the owner via a website dedicated to, his wife’s truck (??)

For those who do not know – I am restoring a 1949 Ford F-3 3/4 ton pickup truck, because I like to work on things. While looking for parts online, I came across an unusal 1948 Ford F-1 1/2 ton pickup truck, and it caught my eye.







The one on the left is hers – the one on the right is mine.

So, I tracked down the owner of the Route 66 Palace Brian, and he and I spoke for about an hour about, well, Route 66 stuff!
I can tell you he is a welcome addition to the ‘owners club’ on the route, and he is going full steam ahead with the restoration of his building, which he told me he will use as a ‘getaway house’. So you might ask, what is he running from? The same type of thing anyone owning a summer cottage, a small home on the lake, or even a ski resort place, this one happens to be on the route!

He and I will meet in the near future!

After my meeting, I went to lunch at the Wayside Cafe in Holbrook for a quick bite. (sorry – no pics!) I have never been here before and the food wasn’t bad. It is truly a ‘mom and pop’ type of restaurant. Quick and easy. I had the Chicken Burrito – and it was good.

I wanted to leave the job early enough to get to Winslow and stop at a few places, but this would not be the case.

One of those stops was to the Old Trails Museum a few doors down from the ‘Standin on the Corner Gift Shop’







Alas, they were closed!
I always wanted to check it out inside and see what they have on display – maybe next time…

I ALWAYS stop in to my favorite LITTLE gift shop – the Standin’ on the Corner Gift Shop just to chat with the ladies and see what is happening in town. As usual, they were chock-full of knowledge.








I ended up buying a few things for my office (it is slowly becoming the ‘Corporate America Route 66 Shrine!’).

I said my good-byes and hurried over to the Meteor Crater Trading Post to check in… only to find they were closed! Um, it’s getting close to travel season folks! Extend the hours a little!







I keep checking out the ‘World’s Largest Map of Route 66’ mural to assess the work that could be done to it, and there will be quite a bit of work to do. They also want to do a few more things around the property – but that little ‘surprise’ will have to wait.

I felt I needed to get home, but as I was driving towards Flagstaff, I noticed a steel structure going up just north of Twin Arrows. Curious by nature, I got off the Twin Arrows exit and went the OTHER way away from the Trading Post and headed up the road. The road is abruptly closed off with gates and signs and warnings, and I slowly approached a couple who happened to be outside.

I asked them if this is where the new casino was being built and the older gentleman simply replied ‘Yep’. Then he proceeded to ask if I were ‘the media’… He told me the name of the new casino will be the Twin Arrows Resort and Casino – because Twin Arrows itself is trademarked, so they went with this name.








Notice they did not change the logo?

Now, here is the hope: If the casino is going up, I am wondering how long until the Hopi Tribe starts working on the Twin Arrows Diner, Trading Post and Gas Station!

There has always been talk of once the Navajo start the casino…. the Trading Post would be right behind it.

So I left and headed back to Scottsdale. Knowing in a few short days (tomorrow actually!) I am back on the road towards Needles to start recon on the 66 Motel sign so we can light that baby up!!

For Sale – Historic Valentine’s Diner on Route 66 – Winslow AZ (Updated!)

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Aug 302011
 











I have (again) spoken with the current owner of the Diner Car in Winslow AZ and she sent me additional photos of both the exterior and the interior of the diner car.

This is her original Email to me:

Hi Ed,

Our diner is an authentic 1946 Valentine Diner, masters model, floor-plan #3.

It has to remain in its original location, and retains most of its original features, such as the lockbox (you can see features on Kansas State Historical Society’s website/Valentine Diners). We are in the process of renovation.

Any interested parties can contact us regarding our progress. The pictures attached were taken before work was begun. We are also in the process of getting it on the National Register of Historical Places, which will lower the property taxes and draw nationwide attention to the diner.

As is, we are asking $85,000, which includes the property (about 1/12 acre), located right on historic Rt. 66 and across from the famous La Posada Hotel. As more work is done, the price will increase. Please feel free to spread the word! Thanks so much for your assistance.

Sincerely,
Jessi

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Her Email contact is linkay09@gmail.com and please do not overwhelm her with Email other than those who are interested in purchasing – as this was a concern she had with me reaching out to everyone.

This is about three blocks away from the ‘Standing on the Corner’ park and the gift shop and there is plans to open up an old fashion soda shop across the street from the park – and RIGHT across the street from this diner car is the La Posada Hotel – which is ALWAYS packed.

As we all know – these diners are a RARE find along the route and I do expect this to be picked up by someone who truly loves the route and is looking to own a VERY important piece of it’s history…

For Sale – Historic Valentine’s Diner Car in Winslow on Route 66

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Aug 102011
 

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I have spoken with the current owner of the Diner Car in Winslow AZ and she followed up with this Email to me:



Hi Ed,

Our diner is an authentic 1946 Valentine Diner, masters model, floor-plan #3.

It has to remain in its original location, and retains most of its original features, such as the lockbox (you can see features on Kansas State Historical Society’s website/Valentine Diners). We are in the process of renovation.

Any interested parties can contact us regarding our progress. The pictures attached were taken before work was begun. We are also in the process of getting it on the National Register of Historical Places, which will lower the property taxes and draw nationwide attention to the diner.

As is, we are asking $85,000, which includes the property (about 1/12 acre), located right on historic Rt. 66 and across from the famous La Posada Hotel. As more work is done, the price will increase. Please feel free to spread the word! Thanks so much for your assistance.

Sincerely,
Jessi

………….
Her Email contact is linkay09@gmail.com and please do not overwhelm her with Email other than those who are interested in purchasing – as this was a concern she had with me reaching out to everyone.

This is ONE block away from the ‘Standing on the Corner’ park and the gift shop and there is plans to open up an old fashion soda shop across the street from the park – and RIGHT across the street from this diner car is the La Posada Hotel – which is ALWAYS packed.

As we all know – these diners are a RARE find along the route and I do expect this to be picked up by someone who truly loves the route and is looking to own a VERY important piece of it’s history…

Winslow revitalization plan highlights sleepy town’s Route 66 roots

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Aug 022011
 



WINSLOW – Some Winslow residents and business owners are trying to transform their community into a tourist destination, hoping to lure drivers off neighboring highways.

The revitalization efforts are part of a federal- and state-funded $10 million renaissance project to be completed by 2015 that aims to rejuvenate the town’s tourism industry, said Bob Hall, Winslow Chamber of Commerce CEO.

The northeastern Arizona town was once a bustling rural community that benefited from the foot traffic generated by those driving on Route 66, which cuts through the town. But the community has faltered since neighboring Interstate 40 was completed in the 1980s, offering drivers a faster option – one that circumvents the community.

“Everybody talked about how Winslow used to be. But that’s not the case anymore,” Hall said. “We feel like it’s our turn. We see more of a future.”

Recently, Hall led a group of about 20 people on a tour through Winslow, four hours northeast of Phoenix, population about 10,000. Stops along the tour included the Standin’ on the Corner Park, a homage to the Eagles’ 1973 hit song “Take It Easy,” which references the town’s intersection of Kinsley Avenue and Second Street, and the recently restored La Posada Hotel.

Most were members of the Route 66 Association of Arizona, founded in 1987 to promote tourism along Arizona’s Route 66 corridor. They wanted to see if Winslow’s efforts could work in their communities.

Hall pointed out the improvements: new Route 66 benches, road repavements and plans to expand Standin’ on the Corner Park offerings, including a new outdoor stage.

Built by local volunteers, the park is a popular tourist photo spot that opened in 1999, Hall said.

“They promised to embrace their Route 66 roots,” said Sharlene Fouser, Route 66 Association of Arizona president. “And they’re delivering.”

Hard times
Signs of economic struggle remain throughout Winslow.

A former taqueria’s windows are boarded, inked with graffiti. The Winslow Theater’s marquee reads, “For sale.”

About one in five local residents lacks a high-school diploma and unemployment is 14.4 percent, according to the latest census data.

“There’s not enough here in Winslow. We need more business and jobs,” said mail carrier Arlin Rogers, 49, a father of three. “We spend our money raising our kids here, but they have to go somewhere else to work.”

Winslow wasn’t always this way. A clipping from a 1960s local newspaper ad promotes a Jackson Five concert there. The boys’ grandfather lived in the area.

A black-and-white photograph of nearly 300 kids riding bikes in a Fourth of July parade hangs in the town’s one-room museum.

This was before I-40 stole much of Route 66’s traffic, crushing Winslow’s economy.

“You could’ve rolled a bowling ball through town and not hit anything,” said 83-year-old Marie LaMar, who has lived in Winslow nearly her entire life.

She said Winslow is in a new era, which began in the 1990s when a couple of outsiders, including Hall, moved into town.

Hall arrived in Winslow in 1991, about the same time the Standin’ on the Corner Park was being built. He was a caretaker. Doctors said his patient had a year to live. The patient lived another eight years. By then, Hall had fallen in love with Winslow.

“It was a new life for me,” he said.Winslow is united, that’s what I fell in love with. And there’s a history.”

Mormon leader Brigham Young sent settlers in the 1800s to colonize the area, which later became a railroad town. Hall estimated that a third of workers in town today work in the railroad industry.

Allan Affeldt, an artist from Orange County, Calif., said he moved to Winslow in 1997 with his wife, Tina Mion, to turn an abandoned structure into La Posada Hotel.

“In the O.C., I was living behind the orange curtain and grew tired of that,” Affeldt said. Winslow has rough edges, but it’s the real world.”

But he said Winslow had given up and locals were skeptical. The idea of tourism in Winslow seemed far-fetched. But La Posada’s and the park’s success changed their minds.

Even Disney and Pixar took notice.
Executives stayed at La Posada to research the 2006 digitally animated feature film “Cars,” a story of a talking automobile that finds meaning in a Route 66 town, Affeldt said. Winslow residents are acknowledged in the film’s credits.

Today the 48-room hotel is 85 percent occupied year-round, Affeldt said. And dozens of tourists take photographs at the park daily, Hall said.

“We couldn’t have done better if we hired someone from Madison Avenue,” LaMar said.

‘Change the mind-set’
Winslow real-estate agent Lawrence Kenna, 51, said he noticed the renovation of La Posada Hotel on a drive home from work in 2000. But during the same drive he passed a gas station with a sign stating, “God hates Winslow.”

“I told my mom, ‘Either I want to make a difference or I want to move,’ ” Kenna said.

The third-generation Winslow native stayed.

That same week, he bought the gas-station property and got rid of the sign. A beauty parlor will open before year’s end where the gas station once operated.

The store’s owner, Marcia Garnett, said she’s trying to convince locals that they don’t have to go to Phoenix for a quality spa experience.

“You have to change the mindset,” she said.

Since purchasing the first property, Kenna purchased six additional lots along Winslow’s Route 66 corridor.

Now, they are souvenir shops, boutiques and a cafe. An outdoor garden stands where an abandoned bar once existed. Kenna said some of the stores’ architecture reflects Winslow’s diversity. The building’s Native American bricks were restored with plaster in a Mexican style. The decorative Christian crucifix is built of wood from a Western ranch.

The outdoor garden is a popular spot for tourists and locals, particularly during Winslow Summer Nights, which are held biweekly and feature local entertainment, Kenna said.

During these events, LaMar and a group of female volunteers from the Winslow Harvey Girls promote Winslow history.

They’re named after Fred Harvey, who founded a group of restaurants called Harvey Houses along the Southwest, including Winslow, starting in the late 1880s.

They provide free tours and presentations of Winslow landmarks, including La Posada Hotel, and of the historic Route 66 to keep the region’s history alive.

And LaMar said they end meetings with a quote from Margaret Mead, the Philadelphia-born anthropologist: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world.”

“Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

by Kevin Cirilli – The Arizona Republic

Standin’ on the Corner – in Winslow Arizona….

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Jan 072011
 

Many folks know about the ‘Standing on the Corner’ park, and some folks don’t!

Heading west on Route 66 – you would have to go down Third Street for a bit and then turn around (left) and go to Second Street and head back east.

The GIANT Route 66 logo in the middle of the intersection would be a dead giveaway you are here!

This is a very active intersection in Winslow when it comes to Route 66.
On the NW corner is the ‘Standing on the Corner’ park, complete with a statue you can take a picture with, a mural on the wall showing a ‘blonde haired girl in a flat bed Ford…’ and parked on the street – is a red flat bed Ford!
On the NE corner is the On the Corner – Route 66 Gift Shop. Stop in!!! Lots of tourists browsing and buying gifts and the owners are woderful people who know a lot about Route 66 history in Winslow.
On the SW corner is an old bank which is slated to be rehabbed into an actual working Soda Shop with the old pull type fountains!

Winslow is a great little stop for Route 66 travelers.