Archive for Texas 66

Blessed Mary’s makes a righteous cheeseburger on Route 66

Blessed Mary’s makes a righteous cheeseburger on Route 66

What really sets this place apart is that there are no prices on the menu and no cash register on the premises. There is only a big jar by the door and a sign asking you to pay what you can. Any profits are donated to charity.

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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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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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The Leaning Water Tower of Britten

The Leaning Water Tower of Britten

Britten Water Tower I-40 exit 114 Groom, TX Water tower, Signage, Inspiration for “Cars” site The town boasts the famous “Leaning Tower of Britten,” deliberately constructed to lean to one side to catch the tourist’s eye and get them to stop in Groom. The leaning…

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Steaks the size of your head at Big Texan

Steaks the size of your head at Big Texan

Big Texan Restaurant 7701 E. Interstate 40 Amarillo, TX 806-372-6000 Website Souvenirs galore! A Route 66 icon since 1960, it is home to the “Free 72 oz. Steak.” (If you can eat their 72 oz. steak dinner in one hour, you’ll get it free ……

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Footwear folliage at Dot Leavitt’s Mini Museum

Footwear folliage at Dot Leavitt’s Mini Museum

Dot Leavitt’s Mini Museum 105 N. 12th Vega, TX 806 267-2828 Welded environment, Boot tree, Inspiration for “Cars” Dot Leavitt and her husband Harold owned Vega Zero Lockers, a cold freezer storage in the 40s and 50s. (Remember, at the time most people didn’t have…

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