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Get your fizz on! — Pops is tops on Route 66

Get your fizz on! — Pops is tops on Route 66

Pop’s Route 66 – Giant Pop Bottle 660 W Highway 66 Arcadia, OK (405) 928-7677 Website Souvenirs, Giant things, Signage, Diner The 66-ft LED pop bottle is hard to miss. Pop’s is where modern architecture meets roadside attraction. The huge futuristic canopy stretches 100 feet…

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Classic neon sign at 66’s Gardenway Motel

Classic neon sign at 66’s Gardenway Motel

Gardenway Motel 2958 Highway 100 Villa Ridge, MO (636) 742-4388 Classic sign The Gardenway Motel was once an ultra-modern motel at the western end of the Henry Shaw Gardenway, (a park-like section of old Route 66.) Today, the clientele tend to be more of the…

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Rub Lincoln’s nose for good luck!

Rub Lincoln’s nose for good luck!

Lincoln’s Lucky Nose 1441 Monument Ave Springfield, IL (OK, it’s the day after Lincoln’s birthday, but the party goes on …) Legend has it that if you rub his nose, you will have good luck. Who knows? (just a slight side trip off of Route…

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The service station of 66 nostalgia

The service station of 66 nostalgia

Paris Springs Garage and Sinclair Station – Gary Turner 21118 Old 66 Ash Grove, MO 417-234-4943 Website Petroliana, Signage Gary Turner is quite a character, so don’t be in a hurry when you stop in. Across the street is the Gay Purita Store, once had a…

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The best frozen custard on Route 66 — Ted Drewes is solid

The best frozen custard on Route 66 — Ted Drewes is solid

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard 6726 Chippewa St St Louis, MO 314 481-2652 website Ice Cream Parlor This St. Louis landmark is almost as famous as the pesky arch. It all started when tennis star Ted Sr. opened his first ice cream store in Florida in…

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Rabbit, Rabbit at Henry’s Ra66it Ranch

Rabbit, Rabbit at Henry’s Ra66it Ranch

Henry’s Rabbit Ranch 1107 Historic Old Route 66 Staunton, IL 618 635-5655 website Petroliana All kinds of rabbits! Perfect for the first day of the month! Cars and bunnies are both found at this Route 66 spot. Check out the car ‘henge of VW Rabbits…

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Cozy up to a Cozy Dog

Cozy up to a Cozy Dog

Cozy Dog Drive In 2935 S 6th St Springfield, IL 217-525-1992 website Drive In, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Souvenirs, Inspiration for “Cars” location This is the birthplace for the Cozy Dog – better than a mere corn dog, they say. It’s crunchy! On the road, you…

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2013 calendar of cool events. Plan your road trips, now!

2013 calendar of cool events. Plan your road trips, now!

It’s cold. Days are short, and slowly getting longer. A perfect time to start planning your road trips!  I am plotting a spring getaway, and started to get a bit side-tracked. Hopefully, you will benefit from my google meanderings. And of course, be sure to…

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Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

I dodged cars at the intersection of West Kinzie Street and State Street, trying to get the exact angle that was featured on one of my favorite Wilco albums, the pivotal 2002 “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot,” only to finally realize that the designer must have flopped the image….

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Alexander Calder’s “Flamingo”

Alexander Calder’s “Flamingo”

Installed in 1973 this sculpture was created by Alexander Calder, one of the most eminent sculptors of the 20th century American art. Brilliant orange color (aka “Calder Red”) and the graceful curves are a great contrast to the three black and blocky Mies Van Der…

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