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Jul 292011
 
Historic Renegades Car Club

Photo courtesy of the Old Trails Museum The Renegades Car Club was active in the late 1950s and early 1960s in Winslow, and regularly held drag racing events on the runways at Lindbergh Municipal Airport. Officers of the club included (top left photo, front row, left to right) Ronnie Carlson, secretary/treasurer; Johnny Pritcard, publicity officer, Read More…

May 132011
 
Looking Back: Spring Awakening

Photo courtesy of the Old Trails Museum The cantata “The Awakening of Spring” was presented on May 21, 1931, in Winslow, with 400 chil-dren from Washington School making up the cast. The children were costumed to represent snow, winter wind, rain, flowers, butterflies and fairies in order to awaken Lady Spring from her long win-ter Read More…

May 062011
 
Looking Back: Petrified Forest Adventures

Photo courtesy of the Navajo County Historical Society The Petrified Forest, Painted Desert and surrounding badlands have always drawn visitors to the Holbrook area, even before they were included in the national park system. Visitors and residents alike enjoyed checking out the unusual spire formations created by years of wind and rain, and thought some Read More…

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…

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