Dark side of Route 66 and the open road

May 25, 2007

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As the Route 66 Team traveled from Los Angeles to Chicago, celebrating Route 66 and the allure of the open road, we drove past a lot of reminders of the carnage that automobile travel entails.

Signs of life returning to Times Beach

May 25, 2007

You won’t find Times Beach on any up-to-date map of Missouri. Atimesbeach5.jpgnd all referenTimesBeach1.jpgces to it have been taken off signs on Interstate 44, the major east-west highway that replaced old Route 66 in this part of the country.

Snapshot from St. Louis: Oh yeah, thats what traffic looks like

May 25, 2007

congestion2.jpgIf like us you travel Route 66 the wrong way round the vast majority of people take the trip west for the true highway experience then once you leave Los Angeles there are no major cities until you reach St. Louis in Missouri.

Hazelgreen, Missouri detour for glimpse of old Route 66

May 25, 2007

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Less than 20 miles east of Lebanon, Missouri on old Route 66, there is a section of no more than a couple of miles that gives travellers a glimpse of the iconic highway as it once was.

Another Route 66 museum but this ones free!

May 25, 2007

Museum6.jpgIf youre driving west along Route 66 and still do not feel satiated by the two museums dedicated to the highway in Oklahoma, you could do worse than stop in at the museum in Lebanon, Missouri.
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It is smaller than the other two, so there is less to see. But there is a mock old-fashioned gas station, an old diner and a rather shabby looking fake motel room, plus two Route 66 armchairs that any true aficionado of Americas Main Street might eye with envy.

Everything that fits is at Steve’s Sundry in Tulsa

May 24, 2007

steve5.JPGOn the outside, Steve’s Sundry, Books & Magazines on South Harvard Avenue in Tulsa’s midtown neighborhood, doesn’t look like much. But just as you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, don’t write off Steve’s because of its modest curb appeal and its location in an aging strip mall.

Different state, different town, same problems for Route 66 motels

May 24, 2007

HOTEL.jpgLike a number of towns along what was Route 66, the motels here in Lebanon, Missouri thrived on the through traffic. And like many of those same towns, when Route 66 went away the motels were among the first to suffer.

Checking in with Carlton Pearson – who doesn’t believe in hell – in Tulsa

May 24, 2007

Pearson2.JPGCarlton Pearson doesn’t believe in hell. And he’s pretty uncertain about heaven as well. Which wouldn’t be all that exceptional, really — except Pearson is an ordained Pentecostal minister and a former protégé of Oral Roberts, the Tulsa-based televangelist. So when the Route 66 Team passed through Tulsa this week, we spent an hour with Pearson in his offices on the 29th floor of a downtown skyscraper. 

Galena, Kansas: Old mining town gets that ol sinking feeling

May 24, 2007

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This town was made for lead and named for lead. Occasionally, bits of it still sink into the ground because of lead.

A brief jaunt along Kansas 13.2 miles of Route 66

May 24, 2007

Galena2.jpgThere are, or were, only a few miles of old Route 66 in Kansas, down in the far south-eastern corner of the state, but this short stretch of road is considered by many fans to be about as close to the original state of the road as you can get.