Standin’ on the Corner

Standin’ on the Corner

Nearly everyone knows this song by the Eagles:

Well, I’m a standing on a corner
in Winslow, Arizona
and such a fine sight to see
It’s a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed
Ford slowin’ down to take a look at me

(“Take it Easy,” 1972)

So when we were traveling in Arizona, OF COURSE we had to go to Winslow.  Moral imperative.

We were so happy to find this one corner that’s been done up as a tribute to the hit song that made the town famous.  “Standin’ on the Corner Park” was created to help boost tourism for the town, which had steadily declined after the I-40 bypass left the town off the main travel route.

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(You may remember the sad tale of how the Interstate ruined the Route 66 towns from the Disney*Pixar movie “Cars.”  In effect, the towns gradually die due to a lack of commerce and tourism and became all but deserted.  Winslow was one of those towns.)

The park contains a two-story trompe-l’œil mural that includes a window with a reflection of a girl driving a flatbed Ford.  On the corner, there is a life-size bronze statue of Jackson Browne, who wrote the hit song, with a guitar.

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Standin’ on the Corner Park is located at the intersection of Old Route 66 and N Kinsley Avenue in Winslow, Arizona.

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