Archive for the ‘U.S. 50’ category

Colorado Main Streets

August 25, 2007

From a state known for its scenic landscapes, here are a few beauties to check out. The first photo is downtown Montrose situated on U.S. 50. Dense clusters of buildings, sweet signs and people walking give the town a bustling flair. This photo looks to be from the early 1960s.

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Next up, the eastern Colorado town of Limon. Most people know this as a stop along Interstate 70. But this view, from the early 1970s, shows a still vibrant town surviving along the old route U.S. 40. Gas stations, cafes and bars line the road.

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The famous mining town of Cripple Creek is next. This 1950s photo shows a long main street anchored by the Imperial Hotel.

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Cortez, Colo. is located in the southwest part of the state. The town is nearby Indian reservations and Mesa Verde National Park.  This 1950s view looks west along U. S. 160. Like all these Colorado Main Streets, a Coors beer sign is present.

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Finally, we travel to the northwest Colorado town of Craig. This gorgeous stretch of street is U.S. 40 and is filled with much to see, including the stunning West Theatre marquee.

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Stoppin’ in Dodge

May 26, 2007

Dodge City, Kan. sits near the center of Ford County in the southwest portion of the state. U.S. Highways 50, 56 and 283 converge on this famous little town. This place is a popular stop for tourists. You can ride in a vintage stagecoach, visit the Boot Hill Museum or watch a staged gunfight. This photo, from the early 1960s, shows a more modern side of the city. The sign for Bill’s Tavern is a beauty. At the far end of the street is the Santa Fe train depot. Schlitz and Coors beer signage along with cafes round out a colorful highway view.

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The Scenic Route

April 5, 2007

This sharp-looking brochure, from the early 1950s, highlighted the advantages of crossing Missouri on U.S. 50. The inside of the guide says: “Take a camera, take an appetite, and take Highway 50 across Missouri. On 50, you avoid trailer-trucks and commercial travelers. You discover a peaceful panorama of natural countryside, lovely little towns, thoughtfully planned cities. You find home-cured Missouri ham, golden fried chicken and delicious channel catfish.” Sounds about perfect. Highway 50 had its national office in Nevada. Missouri had its own U.S. 50 bureau, just to promote travel within its borders. It was located in Jefferson City.

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Famous Fifty

March 16, 2007

This charming 1954 highway guide is filled with an abundance of things to see and do along Highway 50. U.S. 50 stretches across the continent from Ocean City, Maryland to San Francisco, Calif. The National Highway Federation had offices in the tiny town of Ely, Nevada. The highway, especially portions in Nevada, is known as The Lonely Road, because of the lack of traffic and services along some stretches.

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This particular guidebook was handed out by the Dodge House Museum in Dodge City, Kansas. U.S. 50 has a northern and southern section in the state of Kansas. Dodge City is on the southern leg.

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