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Apr 292011
 
Looking Back: Santa Fe Indian Band

Photo courtesy of the Old Trails Museum Winslow’s world famous Santa Fe Indian Band was started in 1923 by Charlie Earickson and three Indian musician friends. Colorfully garbed in bright velveteen shirts, white trousers and squaw skirts, and wearing Indian jewelry, these Santa Fe employees at times represented up to 12 different tribes. The band Read More…

Apr 222011
 
Looking Back: Arizona Central Hotel

Photo courtesy of the Old Trails Museum Any town hoping to grow needed a good hotel and quickly. Frederick Clair Demarest became the first businessman in Winslow when he erected a tent hotel in 1880. He began work on the Arizona Central Hotel in 1883, and the sandstone building was complete two years later. He Read More…

Apr 082011
 
Looking Back: Liberty Bond Parade

Photo courtesy of the Old Trails Museum The patriotism of Winslow residents was apparent on April 16, 1918, when a Liberty Bond parade was staged to raise money for World War I. The effort involved nearly the entire population and netted nearly $21,000 in war bond sales. The old Methodist Church can be seen in Read More…

Apr 012011
 
Looking Back: Summer Swimming

Photo courtesy of the Navajo County Historical Society Swimming has always been a favorite summer pastime for Holbrook children, and in Route 66’s heyday, Howdy Hank’s trading post in Joseph City was the place to take a cool dip. These two girls appeared in print ads enticing swimmers to come cool off at the trading Read More…

Mar 252011
 
Looking Back: Falcon Restaurant Opens For Business

Photo courtesy of the Old Trails Museum July 9, 1955, was an exciting day for Winslow and Route 66, for that was the day the Kretsedemas brothers opened the Falcon Restaurant at 1113 E. Third St. For many years they provided fine homestyle meals to thousands of travelers and generations of families. The Falcon Restaurant Read More…

Mar 182011
 
A Look Back At Holbrook's Downtown

Photo courtesy of the Navajo County Historical Society As Holbrook grew, the center of commerce gradually shifted from south of the railroad tracks to north. A building on the corner just north of the tracks has housed a variety of businesses throughout the years, including a theater, a cafe and the Scorse General Store during Read More…

Mar 112011
 
20-30 Club

Photo courtesy of the Old Trails Museum Beginning in July of 1930, a group of men known as the 20-30 Club organized a three-day rodeo called the Meteor City Roundup. They dressed like gamblers and gunslingers, and stirred up the town as best they could. In this publicity photo taken in 1932, some of Winslow’s Read More…

Mar 042011
 
Holbrook Gun Club In 1916

Photo courtesy of the Navajo County Historical Society Among those photographed at the Holbrook Gun Club in September 1916 was Charlie Cooley (front row, left), son of Colonel Corydon Cooley, former head of the Apache Scouts for whom the old Arizona town of Cooley was named. Others in the photo include Dick Grigsby (front row, Read More…

Feb 252011
 
Cecil Creswell

Photo courtesy of the Old Trails Museum In the winter of 1918, a young woman by the name of Olive Van Zoast arrived in Winslow from a farm in South Dakota. She had been hired and trained by the Fred Harvey Company to be a waitress and her first assignment was in the booming town Read More…

Feb 182011
 
Looking Back, Week of Feb. 14

75 Years Ago Holbrook merchants met and decided not to close on Feb. 22 in honor of Washington’s birthday, because “it would be unfair to some people who might drive a hundred or more miles here to do their trading and find the stores closed.” Sheriff O.C. Williams and Undersheriff Lafe Hatch drove a man Read More…

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