That corner in Winslow Arizona, the one with the pretty girl and the flatbed Ford? Actually happened in Flagstaff, the truck was a Toyota.:
Browne was traveling through Arizona when he began working on the song. But the scene about the corner and a girl in the Ford was written by Frey after Browne related an incident involving a girl, a Toyota pickup and the parking lot of a Der Wienerschnitzel.
“It was always Winslow,” Browne said in an interview…. “But the image of that girl driving a truck was an image that came from east.” To be precise, from East Flagstaff.