It’s 1966 and Welcome to the City of Winslow

Welcome to the City of Winslow Stop and get acquainted

Welcome to the City of Winslow Stop and get acquainted

My mother dug this old brochure out of a drawer somewhere.  It is from 1966.  If only these businesses and the school would have stayed in Winslow…school consolidation killed this town in my opinion.  Information provided is from the brochure,  as Winslow was in 1966.  

Facts about Winslow, Indiana:  

 History:  From 1837 to 1966 is only about 129 years, but in that period of time a little town by the name of Winslow, Indiana, located in the central part of Pike County has seen tremendous activity, growth and changes.  The land on which Winslow is situated today was entered as a grant from the United States government June 13, 1833. Winslow was laid out November 14, 1837, north of the Patoka River.  Following the turn of the century, Winslow shared in the wealth of the southern Indiana gas and oil fields and has later prospered tremendously from the vast coal deposits mined in the county.  Today Winslow is a thriving town of modern business places, comfortable houses, fine highways, excellent churches, and an up to date school system.  So from the early Indian trails of the Pottawattomies, the Kickapoos, and the Piankeshaws, and from primeval woods along the winding Patoka, have sprung our town and our people.  We are proud of this heritage.  

The shovel, Big Red, the Russ Agency, Curtis Funeral Home

The shovel, Big Red, the Russ Agency, Curtis Funeral Home

Location:  Winslow is located in southern Indiana, just north of the Patoka River, near the center of Pike County.  The town of Winslow is just eight miles from the county seat, on highway 61.  (notice the grade school in the next picture is still an artist’s rendering) 

The grade school is an artists rendering.

The grade school is an artists rendering.

Population:  the Population of Pike County was estimated to be about 14, 995 in 1960, with the population of Winslow being approximately 1084.  

Climate:  Winslow has a somewhat humid, continental climate, with warm summers and cold winters.  The annual average temperature is 58.  The average precipitation is about 45 inches a year.  

McCords Auto Sales, Pontiac Garage, Pete & Myrle's Texaco

McCords Auto Sales, Pontiac Garage, Pete & Myrle's Texaco

Educational facilities:  Winslow’s educational facilities consist of a High School building and a grade school building.  At the present time a new and ultra modern Grade School Building is under construction, and will be completed before the fall semester begins in 1966.   The old grade school building and high school building will be combined to accommodate the increased number of students attending due to the consolidation of the Winslow, Spurgeon and Stendal High Schools.  The Winslow school system has a relatively new and modern cafeteria and gymnasium.  The gymnasium has a seating capacity of 1800. 

Old Ben Building, Winslow Water plant

Old Ben Building, Winslow Water plant

Transportation:  Winslow is located on Highway 61, with Highway 64 located four to the south and Highway 56 only for miles to the north.  Motor freight is the chief mode of transportation to and from Winslow, with deliveries being made by several trucking firms every day.  Freight is also delivered by the Southern Railway Company. 

Snyders, Plans for the Linda Lane Nursiing Home, Tevault's garage

Snyders, Plans for the Linda Lane Nursiing Home, Tevault's garage

Medical facilities:  Plans are under way for the construction of a new 90 bed nursing home soon to be built in the north edge of Winslow.  Also at the present time there is a local physician, whose office is located near the center of the town, and twenty-four hour ambulance service is provided through the courtesy of the Funeral Home.  

Watertower and Porter Street does not go to the highway.

Watertower and Porter Street does not go to the highway.

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6 comments on “It’s 1966 and Welcome to the City of Winslow

  1. leslie A. tegmeyer says:

    Hello-I have enjoyed reading your website. My husband and myself renovated his family farm (108 years old)..And moved here from Newburgh. We have 3 boys and they are loving county life:) I am a scout leader in Winslow and would love to have some pictures of the town of winslow to show them. Wow it was such a wonderful place so sad how things have changed. Well we are enjoying our little slice of heaven and I am loving reading about pike county history….We have a neat old cemetary by us Sugar Ridge. Maybe I will meet you in the future. Please email me If I could purchase any copies of the pictures from you.
    Thank you

  2. Sharon Bates says:

    my family lived there years ago, back in the early 1900, my great great grandfather lived on Winslow road, his name was John Abell he lived south of the county farm and I think this is so interesting. What was the county farm? I never dreamed it was that big at one time, we were there a couple of years ago going thru the cemetries as we are doing our family history.

  3. Lanora Kelley says:

    The county farm ie. Charity Farm is located just north of Winslow and can be seen from the Hwy . It is the first county road to the left. The money raised from farming was to go to widows and orphans

  4. Tonya Craig-Powell says:

    I remember the town in 1966, I was 13 years old. My dad worked for Snyders. I remember being able to walk to town at lunch time at school. Reading on this site has brought back alot of memories. Some good some not, but mostly good. You knew everyone and everyone knew you. I can remember not having to lock our doors at night. I remember going to the drug store and getting a grilled cheese sandwich and sitting at the counter drinking a cherry coke.

    • James W. Risley says:

      Parkers Drug store so many memories of that place my aunt own the restruant across the street her name was enid stevens.

      • rose says:

        It’s gone now, lost in the big fire a few years ago. Only memories of Parkers 😦 It was such a treat to get a cherry coke at the fountain there.

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