The Story of Winslow

The Old Trails Museum’s permanent exhibit debuted on the museum floor in 2015. The text panels are spread throughout the museum and tell the general history of the town alongside images and artifacts donated by decades of museum supporters. Topics include:

  • Area pre-history, including Meteor Crater and Columbian Mammoths
  • Hopi, Laguna, and Navajo peoples
  • Historic trails and early residents, including the Mormons’ Brigham City
  • The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
  • Area ranches & ranchers, and trading posts & traders
  • Winslow’s Harvey Houses, Harvey Girls, and La Posada Hotel
  • US Route 66 and Winslow’s historic airport
  • Civic life including military service, medical care,  and education
  • Community life including organizations, recreation, and entertainment



OTM debuted the Journeys to Winslow exhibit in October 2017 in the Skylark Courtyard, which is a stop along the Journey Through Winslow Pathway. Developed by Tess and Lawrence Kenna, the Pathway is a trail for residents and visitors to explore Winslow’s history and current downtown revitalization, and its other stops include the World’s Smallest Church on Route 66 and historic facades and murals throughout the downtown historic district. The Kennas funded the reprinting of Journeys to Winslow, which was originally developed by OTM for the Winslow stop on the Arizona tour of the Smithsonian’s Journey Stories exhibition.

Journeys to Winslow-Panel 1-The First Peoples of the Southeastern Colorado Plateau

Journeys to Winslow-Panel 2-Early Trails Across the Little Colorado River Valley

Journeys to Winslow-Panel 3-The Railroads Build a Town-Early Days

Journeys to Winslow-Panel 4-The Railroads Build a Town-Early Industry

Journeys to Winslow-Panel 5-A City in Motion-The Heyday of Rail Travel

Journeys to Winslow-Panel 6-A City in Motion-Modern Modes

Journeys to Winslow-Panel 7-Winslow Today-Commerce and Services

Journeys to Winslow-Panel 8-Winslow Today-Downtown Renaissance and Tourism



The Winslow Visitors Center: A Hubbell Trading Post History

OTM debuted The Winslow Visitors Center: A Hubbell Trading Post History exhibit at the Winslow Visitors Center’s Centennial Celebration in July 2017. Trading posts played a unique role in the economy of the American West from the 1870s through the 1970s. John Lorenzo Hubbell was the most successful, respected, and influential trader of the era, and the Hubbell Trading Post and Warehouse in Winslow played a critical role in the family’s trading empire. The exhibit was made possible by the Old Trails Museum and the Winslow Chamber of Commerce, which operates the Winslow Visitors Center from the former trading post.

Hubbell Trading Post-Panel 1-Introduction

Hubbell Trading Post-Panel 2-The Hubbell Family Empire

Hubbell Trading Post-Panel 3-Winslow’s Hubbell Trading Post

Hubbell Trading Post-Panel 4-The Winslow Visitor’s Center


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African Americans in Winslow: Scenes from Our History

OTM debuted the African Americans in Winslow: Scenes from Our History exhibit at A Stroll Through Black History, one in a series of events hosted by the NAACP-Winslow Branch to celebrate Black History Month in February 2017. OTM expanded the exhibit for February 2018 and hopes to continue adding oral histories and images from more of Winslow’s African American families. Please contact OTM Director Ann-Mary Lutzick at 928-289-5861 if you would like to contribute.

African Americans in Winslow-Panel 1-Introduction

African Americans in Winslow-Panel 2-Winslow

African Americans in Winslow-Panel 3-Tommy Dukes

African Americans in Winslow-Panel 4-Mel Hannah

African Americans in Winslow-Panel 5-The Hayes Family

African Americans in Winslow-Panel 6-Dennis Randles

African Americans in Winslow-Panel 7-The Renfro Family

African Americans in Winslow-Panel 8-The Simmons Family

African Americans in Winslow-Panel 9-The Warren Family



Snowdrift Art Space: 100 Years of History

OTM debuted the Snowdrift Art Space: One Hundred Years of History exhibit at the Snowdrift Art Space Centennial Celebration in October 2014, when the museum joined Snowdrift Art Space and the Winslow Arts Trust in celebrating a century in the life of one of Winslow’s most historic buildings. The exhibit, also on permanent display at Snowdrift Art Space, tells the story of the building’s evolution as the Babbitt Brothers’ largest branch store to its present-day incarnation as an art gallery and studio space.

Snowdrift Art Space-Panel 1-The Babbitt Brothers in Winslow

Snowdrift Art Space-Panel 2-Babbitts on the Mother Road

Snowdrift Art Space-Panel 3-Snowdrift Art Space is Born



Flying through History: The Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airport

OTM debuted the Flying through History: The Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airport exhibit in summer 2014 at the High Desert Fly-In, a free annual event when residents, tourists, and pilots from around the country are invited to Winslow’s historic airport to enjoy airplanes, history, food, and more. The exhibit tells the airport’s story from its celebrated beginnings through the present day. For information about the 2018 High Desert Fly-In, go to the event website and Facebook page. 

Flying Through History-Panel 1-Introduction

Flying Through History-Panel 2-An Airport is Born-Lindbergh & TAT

Flying Through History-Panel 3-Early Operations-TWA in the 1930s

Flying Through History-Panel 4-The US Military in Winslow

Flying Through History-Panel 5-Civil Aviation Comes of Age

Flying Through History-Panel 6-The Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airport Today


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Women of Winslow

To celebrate 100 years of Arizona statehood on February 14, 2012, volunteers formed the Winslow Centennial Committee and developed Second Saturdays in Winslow, monthly programs that explored Winslow’s diverse history. To kick things off in summer 2011, OTM co-hosted the Arizona Women’s Heritage Trail traveling exhibit, How Splendid is our Past, at La Posada Hotel, and created this companion exhibit entitled Women of Winslow.

Women of Winslow-Panel 1-Introduction

Women of Winslow-Panel 2-Elsa Lomawaima Adams

Women of Winslow-Panel 3-Frona Parr Drumm

Women of Winslow-Panel 4-Mary Giragi Ferguson

Women of Winslow-Panel 5-Doctor Grandma French

Women of Winslow-Panel 6-Mabel Nagel

Women of Winslow-Panel 7-Verla Oare

Women of Winslow-Panel 8-Florence Beck Olmstead

Women of Winslow-Panel 9-Betty Patterson

Women of Winslow-Panel 10-Minnie Platt

Women of Winslow-Panel 11-Zada Purdy

Women of Winslow-Panel 12-Vada Carlson Rodriguez

Women of Winslow-Panel 13-Winslow Business and Professional Women’s Club

Women of Winslow-Panel 14-Susie Bow Woo