Archive for the ‘U.S. 66’ category

The Spot to stop

October 27, 2007

The heart of Victorville, Calif. included one of the finest tourist accomodations along Route 66. The Green Spot Motel and Cafe was operated by Mr. H.E. Roy. Here are a couple artifacts from the place – a business card and postcard – both from the 1940s.

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Mobilize with Mobil

October 27, 2007

This 1940s road map was handed out by the Mobilinn Cafe and Curios located at the intersection of highways U.S. 60, 66 and 87 in Amarillo, Texas. Mobil Oil’s Flying Red Horse was a common sight along the highways of old.

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Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees

August 25, 2007

These colorful brochures and maps were handed out to lake-goers in the late 1940s. This huge lake — 1,300 miles of shoreline — provides recreation and hydroelectric power for the region. Flirtatious bathers look out while playing in the water. The inside of the brochure are packed with ads for lake services and tourist stops. The Buffalo Ranch was once a must-see along Route 66 and the Grand Lake area. It’s simple advertisement gives a clue to what the Ranch featured.

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Stop in Shamrock

August 18, 2007

Shamrock, Tex. is located on the eastern side of the Texas panhandle. This flat landscape is punctuated by several towns that catered to Route 66 travelers. Shamrock offered the gamut of roadside services. Gas stations were sprinkled along the highway through town, including the well-known Tower Conoco. This Art Deco masterpiece sits at the corner of U.S. 66 and U.S. 83, which guaranteed brisk business. Today, the station has been restored and is a must photo-op along the highway. Another of the photos shows the Dixie Restaurant, topped with a huge chicken. Sadly, the sign is gone. This selection of photos, most from the late 1950s or early 1960s, show U.S. 66 in and around Shamrock. Looks kinda quiet, doesn’t it?

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A few miles to Williams

July 14, 2007

The tha-thump – tha-thump of the concrete seams on your tires would be clear on this section of Route 66. This 1950s photo shows the highway heading west toward the town of Williams, Ariz. Williams is a good stop along the Mother Road, offering lots to see and do, including the nearby Grand Canyon. Oh, that mountain in the distance is called Bill Williams Mountain, named for a old-time frontiersman.

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Coast to coast host

July 14, 2007

Most everyone can remember the magnificent signs that signaled a Holiday Inn. These signs are extinct now. But postcards, brochures and matchbooks carried the symbol for decades. This postcard, from the early 1960s, is from the Holiday Inn in Clinton, Okla. The motel was located along U.S. 66 and offered all the amenities found in the rest of the chain, including free TV.

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Take 66 to the World’s Fair

June 30, 2007

In 1939, the Highway Travel Service produced this neat map to guide motorists to the 1939 World’s Fair in New York. The map focuses mainly on U.S. 66 – The Will Rogers Highway – and all the great stops along the way.

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Using maps and lists, a Fair-bound traveler could plot out places to eat, stay and visit. Caverns and other cave attractions were big advertisers in this edition of the map. I like to folksy-style of writing used to describe sights along the way.

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In addition, the map has a great line drawing on the Chain of Rocks Bridge, which crosses the Mississippi River near St. Louis. Today, the bridge is just for pedestrians.

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