We drove back along I-40 to meteor crater and visited many attractions some of which are no longer in business. We first stopped at Winslow, a historic town along Historic Hwy 66. There is a "Standing on the Corner" park, which commemorating the Eagles-Jackson Browne song "Take It Easy" which has a line "Standing on the corner watching all the girls go by". The park contains a two-story trompe-l'œil mural by John Pugh, and a life-size bronze statue of a man standing on a corner, with a guitar.
We had lunch at the La Posada Hotel, La Posada embodies the visions of both Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, the hotel’s renowned architect, and Allan Affeldt, its current owner. But the story really begins with Fred Harvey, who “civilized the west” by introducing linen, silverware, china, crystal, and impeccable service to railroad travel. (He was so legendary that MGM made a movie called The Harvey Girls starring Judy Garland.) Harvey developed and ran all the hotels and restaurants of the Santa Fe Railway, eventually controlling a hospitality empire that spanned the continent. In the 1920s, Harvey decided to build a major hotel in the center of northern Arizona. “La Posada”—the Resting Place—was to be the finest in the Southwest. Harvey asked Colter to design the new hotel. Colter worked for the Fred Harvey Company from 1905 until her retirement in the 1950s. Although famous for her magnificent buildings at the Grand Canyon (Tovar Hotel and others), she considered La Posada her masterpiece. Many people consider this the most important and most beautiful building in the Southwest. In the early 1960s, much of the building was gutted and transformed into offices for the Santa Fe Railway. The National Trust for Historic Preservation found out about La Posada’s peril and added it to their endangered list — where it came to the attention of Allan Affeldt. But La Posada was never for sale. Allan Affeldt purchased it from the Santa Fe Railway after learning that the property was in danger. He visited the hotel in 1994 and decided to help local preservationists save it. This daunting task entailed negotiating for 3 years with the railroad and resolving various legal, environmental, and financial obstacles. He established La Posada LLC to take on the enormous risk and complexity of the estimated $12 million restoration. Allan and his wife Tina Mion moved in April 1, 1997. The restaurant has exquisite food using local beef and buffalo, as well as herbs and vegetables grown on the property.
We visited Meteor Crater, it was created about 50,000 years ago and is around 4000 feet across and some 600 feet deep.
We drove back through Holbrook, stopped at the Historic Wigwam Motel, we both saw this motel when traveling with our families many many years ago.