in Winslow, Arizona
and such a fine sight to see
It's a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford
slowin' down to take a look at me
--- The Eagles, "Take It Easy"
Winslow, Arizona has two claims to fame. First, Route 66, the "Mother Road" that snaked from Chicago to Los Angeles, went right through the middle of it. And, second, the Eagles immortalized a single corner in that town, a guitar player standing on it, and a girl in a flat bed Ford. Winslow has not forgotten either one.
You can buy all sorts of "I Got My Kicks On Route 66" memorabilia, from street signs, to t-shirts, to shot glasses and every other kitschy souvenir. But instead of buying a just an item with the slogan, all you have to do is walk down main street and you will see the famous quirky route everywhere. From the little odd diners, to the fabulous Hotel La Posada -- originally a railroad stop-off, now ornate, elegant, eclectic, and possessing for some odd reason a huge metal camel at the entrance gate.
But Winslow's biggest contemporary claim to fame is "Standin' On A Corner Park," where a life-size bronze guitar player notices the girl from the song, artfully reflected on a two-story mural behind him. A real flat-bed Ford sits in the street, just waiting for him to climb in, and an eagle perches in one of the upstairs windows.