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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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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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Meet the inspiration for Tow Mater

Meet the inspiration for Tow Mater

Cars on the Route – Tow Mater 119 N Main St Galena, KS 620 783-1366 Website Souvenirs, Inspiration for “Cars” character This old Kan-O-Tex station is where “Cars” director John Lasseter and Pixar’s Joe Ranfit saw the old mining boom truck that inspired the “Tow…

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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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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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Rainbow Arch Bridge still spans time … and water.

Rainbow Arch Bridge still spans time … and water.

Old Route 66 Baxter Springs, KS Historical site/marker Designed by James Barney Marsh and built in 1926, it is the only remaining Marsh Arch “Rainbow Bridge” on Route 66, and you can still drive over it! In 2000, country singer Brad Paisley performed “Route 66” on…

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“You almost have to be gifted to do what I’ve done” — Fred Smith

“You almost have to be gifted to do what I’ve done” — Fred Smith

Wisconsin Concrete Park – Fred Smith 1886-1976 N8236 State Highway 13 Phillips, WI 715-339-6475 Website Concrete environment Built: 1948 – 1964 “It has to be in the man.  You almost have to be gifted to do what I’ve done” — Grassroots Art Center exhibit, Lucas…

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Queen Califia’s Magical Circle is a mosaic paradise

Queen Califia’s Magical Circle is a mosaic paradise

Niki de Saint Phalle 1930–2002 Iris Sankey Arboretum in Kit Carson Park N Mary Escondido, CA 760-839-4331 Website Mosaic environment She was well known in the field of contemporary art. Influenced by figures such as Jean Dubuffet and Antoni Gaudi, she made her reputation in…

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