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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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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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In Washington DC, a throne …

In Washington DC, a throne …

The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millenium General Assembly – James Hampton 1909-1964 8th and F Streets, N.W. Washington, DC 202 633-7970 Folk Art Exhibit “Where there is no vision, the people perish”  — Proverbs 29:18 (King James Version) posted on the wall…

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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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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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Windmill environment in Wyoming, with ties to Christo

Windmill environment in Wyoming, with ties to Christo

Buryville – Mel Gould Artist dates unknown 3558 I-80 Service Cheyenne, WY 307-632-6160 Windmill environment Private property – visible from the street We were driving along, early-ish one summer morning, chatting away, when I spotted the windmill. Immediately, I sought the next exit and told…

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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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