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“Advertising without posters is like fishing without worms.” – Hatch Show Print

“Advertising without posters is like fishing without worms.” – Hatch Show Print

If you follow country music, country music history, or the history, art and culture of the American South, sooner or later you’re bound to run into the letters, images and unmistakable “look” of Hatch Show Print. They’re one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in America.

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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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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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Harold Bradley’s “Tinkerings”

Harold Bradley’s “Tinkerings”

Harold Bradley’s “Tinkerings” Artists dates unknown 14100 South AR Hwy 265 West Fork, AR 479-846-3197 Sculptures Private property – visible from the street Harold is one of those guys who apparently can’t sit still. There’s no single big centerpiece at his place, just a couple…

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Big balls of barbed wire at the Devil’s Rope Museum

Big balls of barbed wire at the Devil’s Rope Museum

Devil’s Rope Museum 100 S Kingsley St McLean, TX 806 779-2225 Website Devil’s Rope (aka barbed wire) is the thing around here. Not only can you see it’s history, you can also see pickled snake remains from the Regal Reptile Ranch. Roadside reptile exhibitor, E….

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Lacey’s Castle, a father’s tribute

Lacey’s Castle, a father’s tribute

Lacey’s Castle – Shelby Ravellette 1954- 11113 Cricket Cut Off Rd Omaha, AR 870-426-4330 Website Environment with rocks In the Arkansas Ozark Mountains, stone mason Shelby Ravellette spends much of his time laying rocks. Some are small, some need a front-loader to move.  Many have…

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Bug Farm — an homage to Cadillac Ranch

Bug Farm — an homage to Cadillac Ranch

Bug Farm Old Route 66 Conway, TX 806 537-3825 Five Volkswagen Bugs buried nose down next to the former Longhorn Trading Post (or Rattlesnake Ranch). Created by Tom Crutchfield as a parody of Cadillac Ranch, 25 miles east. Bring your spray paint! Find this site…

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Truckin’ for Jesus – Robert Wells’ weighty welded wonders

Truckin’ for Jesus – Robert Wells’ weighty welded wonders

Robert Wells Artist dates unknown 8511 Highway 71 S Grannis, AR 870-385-7279 Welded environment The word of God is spelled out alongside the road in some pretty amazing sculptures, all using giant links of chain. Big, heavy stuff that carries the Lord’s message “literally and…

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