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Final rest at the Poor Farm

Final rest at the Poor Farm

Completely surrounded by farm fields, the cemetery was part of the Almshouse, built by Livingston County in 1859 to provide a home for people who were poor, mentally or physically ill. From 1877 to 1934 residents that had no money were buried here. Recently, the cemetery was restored and includes a marker along Old Route 66.

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Driving on the sidewalk … Route 66’s Sidewalk Highway, that is.

Driving on the sidewalk … Route 66’s Sidewalk Highway, that is.

In between Miami and Afton is a zig-zaggy stretch of 9 foot wide original Route 66 roadbed, hence the “Sidewalk” moniker. In certain places of this narrow byway, you can see the original white lines on the edges of the Portland concrete road.

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Larry Baggett’s folk art tribute to the Trail of Tears

Larry Baggett’s folk art tribute to the Trail of Tears

Trail of Tears Memorial – Larry Baggett 21250 State Rt D Newburg, MO Concrete environment, Route 66 art Larry Baggett lived between Newburg and Jerome, just off I-44, along an old stretch of Route 66. “My doctor gave me three years to live, 20 years…

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Counterfeiting scheme foiled at Route 66’s Rock of Ages station

Counterfeiting scheme foiled at Route 66’s Rock of Ages station

Rock of Ages Conoco Station US-66 Arcadia, OK Service station relic Stories have it that the back window was an entrance to a secret room where they counterfeited money. (Oh, and be careful pulling on and off the highway.) It goes like this: Back in…

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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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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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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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