2009 Standin' on the Corner
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We stood on the corner for the first time back in 2006, when our schedule had us flying in and out of Albuquerque rather than Phoenix, so we needed to be close enough to Albuquerque on the last morning to make our approximately 2 p.m. flight.

So that meant staying somewhere farther away from the Grand Canyon but closer to Albuquerque, and we chose Winslow.  Well, Winslow, as we all know, was made famous in the 1970s by the Eagles' 1972 song "Take it Easy."  Check back on our Standin' 2006 page to see the full lyrics of the song.

To commemorate the song and the effect it had on the city (did it have an effect?), Winslow built a statue of a guy ("a 70's-era rocker") standing on a corner and created a small park around him.  When we visited in 2006, we weren't able to actually get right next to the statue because a recent fire at the building adjacent necessitated fencing off the area.

By 2009, the damaged building had been taken care of, the fencing was removed, and you could once again stand right next to the standin' guy.  In addition, they've added a flat-bed Ford to the scene, just like the song calls for.

Our schedule this year had us passing right by Winslow in the late afternoon on Thursday, and, hey, we needed gas, anyway, and Winslow was as good a place as any to get it, so, since I was driving, I turned us off I-40, and we stopped to say hello once again to the guy standin' on a corner in Winslow, Arizona.

 

 

This is "Standin' on the Corner Park" in Winslow, Arizona.  Two tourists on the right there got in my picture at the last minute.  They're looking at a sign that notes that this is an attraction along the once famous US 66 ("Route 66") that passed through Winslow.  Note the guitar in the statue's hands.  He is a rocker, after all, and they once criss-crossed the country, singing songs, and hitching rides on street corners.
 
 
Here we all are standin' (note that we never use a "g") on the corner in Winslow, Arizona.  It WAS such a fine sight to see.

We made sure those two pesky tourists were gone before the picture was snapped.

The park is on the northwest corner of Kinsley Avenue and 2nd Street in Winslow.

 
 
Here's the flatbed Ford, my lord, which is supposed to have a girl in it slowin' (again, no "g") down to take a look at me.  In this case, it was not just slowing down, but it was actually stopped, and there was no girl in it, statue or otherwise.  We weren't sure that you were actually supposed to climb onto the truck, but there were no signs that said not to, so we did.  Unfortunately, at the time of day we were there, the shadows were what you see in the picture, and we couldn't do anything about that.
 
 
This gift shop across the street had a Route 66 sign for each state the original route passed through.  The street you see in the foreground is, apparently, original Route 66 pavement.  The states it passed through were Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.  The route originally began in downtown Chicago at one end and in Santa Monica, California at the other.