351 N Highway 71
Winslow AR 72959
Winslow Tunnel in 1889
from Winslow Top of the Ozarks
by Robert Winn and Lyda Pierce
Early settlement in the Winslow area of south Washington County began
following the Civil War and the first post office, called Summit Home,
was opened in December 1876. A stagecoach line called the Woolum-Brown
Stage Line operated between Fayetteville and Alma sometime after the
With construction of the St. Louis-San Francisco Railroad in the early
1880s, the town flourished. As the railroad moved from Fayetteville
through the West Fork (Washington County) valley, people moved south
with it. The completion of the 1,726 foot long Winslow Tunnel in 1882
opened new economic opportunities to the town. Winslow-area residents
harvested timber on a large scale for railroad ties and fence posts.
In August 1881, application was made to change the post office name
to Winslow, after Edward F Winslow,then president of the St.Louis-
San Francisco Railroad.
After 1882, when regular passenger service was initiated on the
"Frisco" line, Winslow developed a lively resort business, complete
with fine hotels. This allowed visitors from Fort Smith as well as
Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana to visit the Boston Mountains with ease
and in comfort, enjoying the "cool, refreshing mountain summers".
Winslow was incorporated in 1905. In 1908 the Winslow American paper
was started by Maud and Gilbert Duncan and was published until 1953.
In 1925, Maud Duncan, who was local pharmacist as well as newpaper
person, ran for mayor and was elected along with an all-female city
In the 1930's drought as well as the Depression brought on a decline
in Winslow that was aggravated by growth in automobile use which put
the resort business in trouble. After World War II, there was no
industry to attract returning soldiers back to the area. In recent
years, development of Interstate 540 to the west has made it possible
for people to live in Winslow and work in the cities to the north.
The original US Highway 71 which still runs through Winslow, has
become a scenic byway since it now carries less heavy traffic and
still offers wonderful views in the Boston Mountains south of Winslow.
Encyclopedia of Arkansas - Winslow by Jo Ann Kyle
Washington County History by Shiloh Museum 1989
Winslow Top of the Ozarks by Robert Winn and Lyda Pierce
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