Homolovi Ruins State Park, where we are staying, is just outside the small town of Winslow. The main reason to visit Winslow, other than taking a picture at the Standing on the Corner statue, is La Posada Hotel. We did take the picture.
But first, we went to the hotel for lunch. La Posada was built in 1930 by the Santa Fe Railroad. It was one of the last great railroad hotels and one of the grandest along the railroad route. It was designed by Mary Colter. Just look at the entrance.
A year ago, I posted a more complete tour of the hotel. You can see it here.
We had a good lunch in the Turquoise Room at the hotel.
The place mats are fun to look at.
John had the French dip sandwich.
I had the Don Francisco quesadilla with beef Machaca and cheese.
Both were very good and the service was excellent.
We also stopped in the Winslow Visitor Center, located in the old Hubbell Trading Post. The lady there told us the building was once the headquarters for the Hubbell system of trading posts. Local artists and suppliers would bring in goods through the front door or the loading dock on the side, then the merchandise would be shipped out by rail on a spur track at the back of the building.
This is a graffiti wall inside the building. It became a tradition for workers to sign their names on the wall and date the signature. They wrote with coal ash from the stove used to heat the building. The signatures date from 1920 to 1967. The wall was in a work area of the trading post, not a public area.
The Hubbell Trading Post that was established in 1876 in Granado, Arizona, is still operating and is a National Historic Site.