Standin’ on The Corner Park

Winslow, Arizona

ArizonaRoadside Attraction

Standing on the Corner Park in Winslow, Arizona opened in 1999. The park commemorates the song “Take it Easy,” a hit song written by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey that was made popular by the Eagles in 1972. The song peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on July 22, 1972 and it has been a popular tune for rock music lovers, road trippers, and karaoke stars ever since.

The second verse of the classic song famously goes, “Well, I’m a-standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona, such a fine sight to see. It’s a girl, my Lord in a flat-bed Ford, slowin’ down to take a look at me.” And this Route 66 town has truly embraced that musical tie.

Once a thriving town on the Main Street of America, tourism dwindled in Winslow ever since the two-lane highway was replaced by the faster I-40. The town needed something that would start bringing tourists back. So they tapped in to the famous lyric to create this now famous attraction.

On September 11, 1999, “Standin’ on the Corner” Park was unveiled in Winslow. Yes, it is “THE” and not “A” like the actual song title. But the committee behind the park decided that the variation on words was necessary to make it known to the world that this was not just any old corner, it was THE corner.

Though, in reality, no one knows for sure if this was actually THE corner. Or if that corner even truly was in Winslow.

Glenn Frey wrote the famous lyric after getting stranded in Winslow for a night. Co-writer Jackson Browne later added the flatbed Ford line. And the song was born. But there has been some debate over whether the songwriter was actually in Winslow when coming up with the verse or in neighboring Flagstaff.

So what can you see at Standin’ on the Corner Park?

The Route 66 roadside attraction features a two-story mural, a Ford flatbed truck, a statue of Eagles singer Glenn Frey, an interactive wings mural, a Route 66 roadside attraction sign, and a bronze statue of a man standing on the corner.

The backdrop to the attraction is a massive brick wall painted as a “trompe-l’œil” mural. The style is noted for the optical illusion it creates by depicting a highly realistic three-dimensional scene on a two-dimensional surface. In this case, artist John Pugh set the scene with a fake facade of windows. You’ll also find bold lettering that says “WINSLOW ARIZONA.”

In October 2004, the adjacent J.C. Penney store caught fire and collapsed, destroying the mural’s building. It was demolished in 2006 but the brick mural wall was able to be salvaged.

​​The famous bronze statue was created by Ron Adamson. It depicts a man in cowboy boots holding the headstock of an acoustic guitar and leaning against a post marked with a white route shield sign marked with “Standin’ on the Corner.” Many say that the statue resembles Browne, but it is meant to represent “the troubadour” from the song and was modeled after the sculptor’s son.

The final touch of this Winslow attraction is a real bright red 1960 Ford flatbed truck representing the vehicle the woman was driving in the song.

In 2016 another statue was added to the park: one of Eagles singer Glenn Frey, who passed away earlier in the year. Frey is depicted as he would have looked in the 1970s, with shoulder length hair, a mustache, bell bottom jeans, and a t-shirt that reads, “Song Power.” The addition was spearheaded by two Phoenix morning radio DJs, Mark Devine and Paul “NeanderPaul” Marshall of the classic rock station KSLX along with the Standing on the Corner Foundation and the City of Winslow.

You can also take your photo with the interactive sculpted metal set of wings. They are attached to the brick wall and topped with the famous phrase, “TAKE IT EASY.”

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Standin’ on The Corner Park in Winslow, Arizona Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Standin’ on The Corner Park

5 based on 1 reviews

Address:
Corner of Kinsley & E 2nd St, Winslow, AZ 86047

Hours:
Visible 24/7

Cost:
Free

Phone Number:
(480) 326-3486

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Standin’ on The Corner Park in Winslow, Arizona Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Standin’ on The Corner Park in Winslow, Arizona Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Standin’ on The Corner Park in Winslow, Arizona Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Standin’ on The Corner Park in Winslow, Arizona Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to Standin’ on The Corner Park in Winslow, Arizona, here are some things to know before you go.

  • Street parking and free lot parking are available around the attraction.
  • This is one of the most popular roadside attractions on Route 66. Be prepared for large crowds and watch for traffic when crossing the street.
  • Here are some Easter eggs and other things to look out for at this Route 66 roadside attraction:
    • The girl and the red truck are painted as a reflection in the window.
    • The truck’s Arizona license plate, IG7WOM references another lyric in the song.
    • An eagle is painted perched on one of the windowsills.
    • A giant “Arizona Route 66” logo in the middle the intersection.
    • An official Route 66 Attraction Sign that explains more about the park’s history.
  • The Standin’ on the Corner gift shop is located across the street. Here you can find t-shirts, magnets, and other road trip souvenirs.
  • Come to Winslow for the Standin’ on the Corner Festival in September. Every year the city of Winslow dives deep into its claim to fame with the Standin’ on the Corner Festival. The two-day event is filled with entertainment, auctions, merchandise vendors, food trucks, a beer garden, dancing, horseshoe and cornhole tournaments.

Where to Stay Near Standin’ on The Corner Park

Complete your travel itinerary and get a good night’s rest on your road trip with a stay at one of these Winslow, Arizona hotels near Route 66.

La Posada Hotel

La Posada offers a four-star experience that can’t be beat. The 1930 hotel was created by architect Mary Colter, hotelier Fred Harvey and the Santa Fe Railway. It was the last great railway hotel built in America and the finest historic hotel on Route 66. Over the years it has served an impressive roster of celebrity guests, from James Cagney to Franklin D. Roosevelt to Amelia Earhart to John Wayne. Book a room and a reservation at The Turquoise Room, one of the finest restaurants in the southwest.

The Winslow

The Winslow is a contemporary hotel in the heart of Winslow. Enjoy rooms with air conditioning and flat screen TVs or the communal areas with pool tables, bocce balls, table tennis, darts, and a bar.

Earl’s Rt 66 Motor Court

Earl’s Rt 66 Motor Court is the oldest operating Route 66 motel in Winslow. The basic but well-kept motel was built in the 1940s and was originally called the Marble Motel.

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1 Review of Standin’ on The Corner Park in Winslow, Arizona

  1. How can you not love Standin’ on The Corner Park? It’s definitely a popular Route 66 roadside attraction so be prepared for crowds! But it is very fun to check out and definitely worth the stop! There’s also a gift shop across the street (I picked up a magnet for my souvenir collection). I got to Winslow around noon so I also had lunch at RelicRoad Brewing Company just around the “corner” and then dessert at Sipp Shoppe (a nice thick chocolate milkshake!).

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