© Mark Lipczynski
WINSLOWConsider Winslow the little town that tracks built. When the Santa Fe Railway came through Northeastern Arizona in the 1880s, a series of small towns grew up in its wake. Among them was Winslow. Nestled in the Little Colorado River Valley, 58 miles east of Flagstaff and along Historic Route 66 (now Interstate 40), the town was named for a railroad company president and was a major division point for the railroad in the Southwestern United States.
Today, a passenger train stops daily in Winslow, and even though the railroad isn't as active as it once was, railroad culture is alive and well, thanks to landmarks such as La Posada and events like Winslow Railroad Days.
"The steam trains needed to stop and get water, and our location near the Colorado River was prime," says Winslow Mayor Robin Boyd. "This was a natural stop for them. The railroad and Native American culture really define our town."
— Kelly Kramer