Winslow Az Train station

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Winslow Az Train station

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A few months back my wife and I went to Arizona for a little exploring. During past trips we had stopped at Winslow and had visited the train station, but this time we could spend a night there.

The train station was also a Harvey House and a jewel on the Santa Fe during it hay-day. It’s still being restored but the feel is very nice.

We didn’t eat dinner at the station, but had an evening dessert and breakfast in the morning and everything we ate was very good. After we ate our dessert with coffee we got a cup-o-joe-to-go and sat out in the garden watching trains. With all the great old artifacts and the new Tina Mion’s art, the architecture, and trains made for a great few days stay.

Just an FYI, we didn’t spend any time “standing on a corner in Winslow Arizona” but rest assured we have pictures of doing that on past trips.

Here is some History I got off the net.

“The Winslow depot was constructed by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company in 1930. Like many of the other stations constructed by the ATSF around this same time, the Winslow station was constructed to also serve as a Harvey House hotel and restaurant. It was designed by master architect, Mary Colter in the stucco Spanish hacienda style. In 1929, construction costs for the illustrious depot and La Posada Hotel (“the resting place”) were estimated to be around $1,000,000, while furnishings for the establishment and surrounding grounds are estimated to have cost approximately $2,000,000.

During its earliest years, the depot was constantly active. Aside from the hotel and depot themselves, Albuquerque divisional offices for the railroad were located inside the depot and the grounds featured cattle pens, a large car yard, and the first diesel roundhouse in America. As transportation modes shifted in the American culture to the automobile and airplane, the depot and town felt the effects. La Posada was closed in 1959 due to low ridership on the Santa Fe and the depot was closed to the general public. The Santa Fe then moved divisional offices and dispatchers into the building, where they stayed until the early 1990s.

In 1994 the former La Posada Foundation helped secure investment funding to reopen. The result was a renovated hotel that included 70 restored hotel rooms with air conditioning and heat, a ballroom, gift shop, dining room and gardens.”
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