Winslow, Arkansas: Rock, River and Forest
Winslow is a town of approximately 400 people, located in the southernmost part of Washington County, Arkansas, about halfway between Fayetteville and Fort Smith.
There have been human settlements in the area for thousands of years: by the eighteenth century the Osage tribe had claimed much of Northwest Arkansas; the nineteenth century brought white settlers into the region, and in 1876 a post office was licensed at a stagecoach stop called Summit Home. In 1881 the name of the town was changed to Winslow.
The modern community is scattered among rocky hills and green valleys whose fast-moving creeks form the headwaters of the White River. At the southern edge of the Ozark Mountains, Winslow is the highest incorporated city in the state of Arkansas, with an elevation of 1,756 feet, providing a varied and appealing landscape for anyone who enjoys time outdoors.
- Old West gunman John Joshua Webb died while living in Winslow (then Summit Home) in 1882, during a smallpox epidemic.
- The city of Winslow was originally named Summit Home, but was later renamed Winslow Park, then simply Winslow in honor of an official from the Frisco Railroad.
- Devil’s Den State Park is about twelve miles west of Winslow on highway 74.
- There have been two movies that have used the city of Winslow as a filming location; “Frank and Jesse” and “Smoke in the Wind”.
- Western historical writer Douglas C. Jones was born in Winslow.
For more information about Winslow and its history, don’t miss the Winslow Museum, located on the town square.