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The Old Trapper’s Lodge at Pierce College

The Old Trapper’s Lodge at Pierce College

The Old Trapper’s Lodge – John Ehn 6201 Winnetka Avenue Woodland Hills, CA 818-347-0551 Sculpture environment John Ehn opened a motel in California in 1941, moving there from Michigan, where he had worked as a trapper. He hired a sculptor to make a huge statue…

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Tim Anderson’s Little Mansion

Tim Anderson’s Little Mansion

Tim Anderson’s Little Mansion 308 Seventh Street Roundup, MT Folk art environment, Private – visible from the street Wheels and pitchforks and sheepherders’ monuments are designed into a most unique environment. Someday Tim hopes to build an entire “Log Town.” Turns out there’s more than…

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Planning The Best Poker Road Trip Ever

Planning The Best Poker Road Trip Ever

An unexpected journey that will take you to far out places Even though I don’t have a poker face, the concept of a poker road trip has an allure to both amateur and professional players alike.  Apparently, there are a lot of poker vagabonds driving…

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Keepers of the Clock at the Atlanta Museum

Keepers of the Clock at the Atlanta Museum

Atlanta Public Library, Museum and Clock Tower 100 SE Race St Atlanta, IL (217) 648-2112 Route 66 attraction, Architecture Built in 1908, the octagonal library with a 36- ft clock tower is now a museum on the National Register of Historic Places. The clock tower…

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One of the last stops for Bonnie and Clyde – the Petrified Wood Gas Station

One of the last stops for Bonnie and Clyde – the Petrified Wood Gas Station

Petrified Wood Gas Station, Cafe and  Motel 904 S Hwy 81-287 Decatur, TX Notable building Originally a 1927 Texas Tourist Camp, owner E. F. Boydston recognized that money could be made by attracting the motoring road trippers. The restaurant was built in 1929 and lodging in…

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Route 66 city limits plays out on video

Route 66 city limits plays out on video

Although the music doesn’t really work with the imagery, and they “went backwards” from LA to Chicago, this is a fun representation of all (or at least most) of the city limit signs you will encounter all along route 66.     (Thanks to Ron…

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Classic photo op at the first Phillips 66 service station in Texas

Classic photo op at the first Phillips 66 service station in Texas

First Phillips 66 Service Station in Texas 1st and Gray McLean, TX This vintage 1928 gas service station, designed in “Cottage Fashion” and often called a “Doll House” was started in 1927 after Congress authorized Route 66. This station was the first Phillips Petroleum Company…

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100,000 cans make for one amazing castle

100,000 cans make for one amazing castle

Canos Castle – Donald “Cano” Espinoza Artist dates unknown 10th Ave. and State St Antonito, CO Found material environment Built: 1980 – current Entirely made of recycled materials, with more than 100,000 beer and soda cans, hubcaps, screen doors, wooden windows, bicycle reflectors and more,…

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Do drop in at the U Drop Inn

Do drop in at the U Drop Inn

U-Drop-Inn and Tower Station 101 East 12th St Shamrock, TX 806-256-2501 Website The U-Drop Inn, also known as Tower Station and U-Drop Inn and Tower Cafe, opened April 1, 1936. Local John Nunn used a nail to draw original plans for the building in the dirt…

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Classic neon signs in Amarillo

Classic neon signs in Amarillo

One of my favorite things to look for while traveling the backroads is to look for great old neon signs. It’s the craftsmanship, the typography, the enthusiasm that all makes my heart sing. While Amarillo isn’t quite as prolific as Albuquerque or Tucumcari, it does…

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