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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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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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Meet one of the “Illinois 66 Giants”

Meet one of the “Illinois 66 Giants”

Lauterbach Tire’s Muffler Man 1569 Wabash Ave Jerome, IL 217-546-2600 website Muffler man This patriotic behemoth standing guard at Lauterbach Tire is one of the “Illinois 66 Giants” – 3 muffler men – the Gemini Giant, the Lauterbach Giant, and the Hot Dog Muffler Man….

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Arguably, the best fried chicken on Route 66

Arguably, the best fried chicken on Route 66

Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket 645 Joliet Road Willowbrook, IL 630-325-0780 Website Great road food (as seen on TV), Chicken dinner, American Fried chicken has been being served here since the 1930s. The restaurant was an ideal stopping place for Route 66 travelers coming from or…

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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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27 Essential Apps for Your Next Road Trip

27 Essential Apps for Your Next Road Trip

It’s that time of the year to start thinking about summer vacations. Whether you are going to be sticking close to home, or planning a big road trip across country, here are 27 apps you should have on your phone before you leave town. Of…

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Home of the Ugly Pies and halfway down Route 66

Home of the Ugly Pies and halfway down Route 66

Mid Point Cafe Old Route 66 Adrian, TX 806-538-6379 Website Pie, Hamburgers, Souvenirs, Inspiration for “Cars” The MidPoint Cafe was built during the early days of Route 66 (late 30s, early 40s) by Jennie Van der Wort is one of the route’s most famed places…

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