Back before planes, trains were the way to go in style. The small town of Winslow was hopping with big resorts and thousands of summertime visitors.
Barbara Ashbaugh keeps the memories alive at the Winslow Museum.
“It opened the area to the outside world. Because of the elevation Winslow became a popular resort because it was cooler here. Wealthy people from all over the country had homes here,” Ashbaugh said.
To learn more about the town’s rich history check out the Winslow Museum. It’s connected to City Hall.
“Downtown Winslow once had 35 businesses. There were several doctors here in residence and there were several grocery stores. One business had everything from furniture, food, clothes, and shoes. It was kind of like an early Wal-Mart.’’ Ashbaugh said.
In 1935, the entire east side of town burned down. If you love history, little Winslow still has a lot to see.
The old Winslow School is closed, but the home of the Squirrels lives on with pictures and memorabilia.
“Oddly enough the locals don’t care. It seems to be people from other places. We’ve had people from six different countries who are just traveling. The road outside Highway 74 goes to Devils Den, so we have a lot of traffic in the summer.”
Folks on both sides of the hill would enjoy a trip to Winslow. It’s roughly the halfway point between Fort Smith and Fayetteville. It’s close enough to check out, and far enough way to feel like you’ve gone back in time.