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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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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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A tourist in my own town

A tourist in my own town

Don, Narrow Larry, and Erika Nelson Sometimes it takes visitors to get you out into your own town. Luckily, Don, Erika and Larry aren’t your typical visitors, and wandering aimlessly is AOK with them. Downtown Kansas City Public Library 14 West 10th Street Signs ‘n…

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Ringing in the new with some old favorites

Ringing in the new with some old favorites

And some new ones, too.  The original plan was to find the Tool fence in Collinsville for the upcoming Rare Visions book.  Alas, it is gone.  And I was befuddled.  How does someone get rid of a long welded, heavy, metal fence?  But the good…

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Quick kicks on Route 66

Quick kicks on Route 66

Route 66 – Lambert, Hendricks & Ross     If you ever plan to motor west,     travel my way, take the highway that is best.     Get your kicks on Route sixty-six.     It winds from Chicago to LA,     more than two thousand miles all…

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Wigwam Motel in Cave City, KY

Wigwam Motel in Cave City, KY

And so I did.  This is one of the last three Wigwam Motels left in America (The other 2 are in Holbrook, AZ and Rialto, CA).  The beds were surprisingly comfortable, the room quite cozy.  Be forewarned, the modern creature comforts are not found (no…

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Lamenting the loss of great motel signs…and great graphic design

Lamenting the loss of great motel signs…and great graphic design

America Is F*cked…….(Graphically at least) from Jess Gibson on Vimeo. (note: language might be offensive to some) As a graphic designer by trade, this is just one more reason why I get in the car with my camera and drive the back roads.

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Aztec Motel

Aztec Motel

  Phyllis Evans  |  dates unknown  |  Albuquerque, NM Embellished environment  |  Created 1994 Along Historic Route 66 and all of the great old neon motel signs, there is one particular motel that caught my attention…the Aztec Motel.  Not only is the signage eye-popping, but…

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