Contributed by Old Trails Museum / Winslow Historical Society
Old Trails Museum Collection Highlights
Collections on display bear testament to the diverse history of this area. Winslow is one of 41 recognized sites on the Colorado Plateau with fossilized remains of the Columbian Mammoth from the Pleistocene Age, a small collection of which is housed here. Continuing on a prehistoric note is the large Mary Clark Collection of Anasazi pottery and implements, excavated in the early 1900's.
An exhibit of Mormon colonization of the Little Colorado River specific to Winslow dates to the late 1870's. The first colonists arrived from Utah in 1876, and built a 200 foot square fort that same year. All that remains today is the foundation, but our museum houses primitive tools found at the Brigham City Fort site, a scale model of the fort, and archives from descendants of those pioneers.
Winslow was basically a railroad town, with the first train making its way through in 1881. In connection with the railroad came a Harvey House, which brought many ladies to the West for employment and travel opportunities. Ranching, trading posts, Route 66 and the Lindbergh designed airport also are also key factors in the development of Winslow. All of the items represented in this online collection are on display in the Museum.