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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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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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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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Willis Tower Skydeck

Willis Tower Skydeck

Sears Tower was sold in 2009, and it still is the tallest building on Route 66! If you feel particularly adventurous step outside the tallest building in the western hemisphere and the third tallest in the world. At 1,353 feet in the air, the Ledge’s…

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Cheezborger, Cheezborger, No fries, cheeps. No Pepsi, Coke.

Cheezborger, Cheezborger, No fries, cheeps. No Pepsi, Coke.

This classic joint was immortalized by John Belushi and crew from Saturday Night Live … and really isn’t that far from the start of Route 66. Legend (and their website) has it that Greek immigrant owner William Sianis became known as “Billy Goat,” when a…

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