OTM Exhibits

The Story of Winslow

Housed in the 1921 First National Bank Building — which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places — the Old Trails Museum has retained the bank’s original marble-faced counters, mosaic tile floor, and vault, which provide a historic backdrop for our exhibits and collections. The permanent exhibit’s text panels debuted in 2015 and tell the history of Winslow alongside images and artifacts donated by decades of museum supporters.

The Story of Winslow exhibit 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


The Old Trails Museum debuted the Journeys to Winslow exhibit in October 2017 in the Skylark Courtyard, which is a stop along the Journey Through Winslow Pathway (above at the Ribbon-Cutting). 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 the Old Trails Museum 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

naacp_logo_rgb copyAfrican Americans in Winslow: Scenes from Our History

The Old Trails Museum 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

The Old Trails Museum 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

The Old Trails Museum debuted the Flying through History: The Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airport exhibit at the 2014 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 upcoming 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