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Route 66 Wednesdays; Winona ghost bridge

A very early US Route 66 in Arizona ran on Townsend-Winona Road between Flagstaff and the community of Winona.   There is an old abandoned truss bridge known as the "Winona Bridge" located just north of Townsend-Winona Road near Copley Road.


The original alignment of US 66 in Arizona including Townsend-Winona Road can be viewed on this 1927 Highway Map of Arizona.

1927 State Highway Map 

Winona is mostly known for the lyrics "Don't forget Winona" in the Bobby Troup song Route 66.  Winona apparently established as a small rail siding of the Atlantic & Pacific Railroad known as Walnut near the mount of Walnut Canyon in 1882.  Walnut can be seen between Cosnino and Angell on the 1882 Third Operating Division of the Atlantic & Pacific Railroad map.

1882 A&P Third Operating Division Map

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