route 66 journey


Presentation Description

Approximately one hour of travel down Route 66 to the California state line. Set to appropiate music.


Presentation Transcript

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Welcome to one of the premier journeys that anyone can make. The following is just a small glimpse of what my wife Jan, her sister Susan, their cousin Suzie, and myself thought were the highlights of a trip down nostalgia lane along old Route 66.Please just sit back and enjoy what we think are some of the best parts.Bob and Jan Abernethy The first thing you will experience is what we consider to be the true spirit of Route 66 today.

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The rest of this show will be pictures of Route 66 from Chicago to the California State line. There will be captions giving a bit of description of what you are seeing and its location. It is hoped that they are in order.

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Front left-my wife Jan-retired writer Front right-Susan-a newspaper editor. Back left-Suzie-park service administrator And Bob-retired Army-just surrounded by females.

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It all begins on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago.

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All journeys must begin with a good meal and none are better than Lou Mitchell’s in Chicago near the start of route 66.

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For great food, one sometimes has to stand in line.

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At least they give away free donut holes to munch on while waiting.

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Route 66 even goes beneath buildings—this is the former Chicago post office

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The canal and drawbridge of Joliet, Il.

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Joliet Jake and Elwood still are alive in Joliet.

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One of many “muffler men” on 66 just south of Joliet.

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One of Al Capone’s favorite bars, south of Joliet.

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Patrons of the bar.

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Combination of a lighthouse and windmill, again south of Joliet. Seeing this enabled us to be part of a wedding reception….see next slide and remember how we were dressed. Just one of many pleasant occurrences along 66.

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Street front in downtown Atlanta.

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Cuba, Missouri, is full of murals on buildings. This and the next slide are samples of the art work.

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One of the many trading posts found along 66. The following slide shows some of the contents of the store.

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Missouri has a monument for the Trail of Tears that is privately made and owned. The next two slides are from there.

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Southwestern Missouri has some of the most scenic views and old bridges along the route. These next few slides will show this.

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An old tourist motel is overgrown and out of use

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One of the most unusual sights, and the last one in this show from the state of Missouri, is the flying manure spreader.

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While there are only 12 miles of 66 across Kansas, there are considerable things of interest such as Waylan’s KuKu Burger Stand.

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Oklahoma offers the most varied scenery of any state on Route 66. It begins with the greenery of the Ozarks to the plains of the west. In between is everything from the childhood home of Mickey Mantle to the sorrows of the Murrah Building to the downtrodden Okies to the loneliness of the plains.

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The next slide shows some of the roads that have not been improved in over 60 years. Notice that only the middle has been paved. When you met a car, one side of each car was on the pavement and the other in the dirt.

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Outside Afton is Darryl Starbird’s auto museum. s

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World’s tallest Totem Pole Foyil Oklahoma

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The blue whale of Catoosa. This was once a water park but now just a park without swimming.

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More of the desolate roads of 66.

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Desolate roads often lead to abandoned oil wells and their tanks.

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Got an extra shoe? The 66 Shoe Tree could use a couple more.

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The round barn outside Oklahoma City is truly unique. The second floor is now used as a dance hall for special occasions.

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Modern architecture outside a most unusual gas station and soft drink store. It had 1000s of different types of soft drinks. Just before Oklahoma City.

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Scenes from the Murrah Building Monument in Oklahoma City.

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The next few slides are from the Cowboy Hall of Fame in OK city.

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Buffalo Bill Cody

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The End of the Trail.

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Just down the road from Oklahoma City is Elk City. HOME OF THE NATIONAL ROUTE 66 MUSEUM.

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Inside nothing is for sale!!! They even give you a coke to drink. The make their money from tour buses that stop by.

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These two modern hippies are the same as from the opening scene

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Less than 5 miles down the road is the stateline and the town of Texola. There are two concerns in town-a bar and an ancient jail (unused).

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The introduction to Texas.

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Unused until Suzie found herself behind bars.

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Texas is home of the most unusual things to be found along 66. The next several slides will give some examples.

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Unusual diner name but you should see the inside.

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Train station made into a restaurant.

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Nearby was also a WWII prisoner of war camp which the museum also does a good job of describing.

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See, we did make to “Amarillo by Morning”

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If you are a big eater, this is the place.

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The famous Cadillac Ranch. Many old Cadillacs buried nose down in the Texas soil just east of Amarillo. Nearby is the not-so- famous Bug Ranch.

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At the Mid-Point Café, this sign is very accurate.

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Leaving Texas and venturing in New Mexico takes one back to memories of the desert Southwest. From the state line to Albuquerque 66 is primarily dirt roads switching thru tunnels beneath the interstate.

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A bit of New Mexico neon signs. More to come when in Flagstaff, Arizona.

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Bat’s nest at the top one of tunnels under the interstate.

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Burma Shave style sayings/signs

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Starting with Albuquerque, the scenery improves starting with the 66 Diner.

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Supposedly one of the best diners on 66 but watch where you park. Also does not open until 11:00 am.

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On the west side of Alb near the Unser junkyard is the old go kart track that I raced at during the 70s. Also met Al Unser whom we had not seen in over 35 years.

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Just after the bridge, 66 goes off into the desert of NM and shows that people are still trying to make a living off the land. Some succeed and some fail.

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Behind the trading post are rooms to rent. This where Hemingway wrote “Old Man and the Sea”—several thousand miles from any ocean.

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Many of the small towns in western NM such as Gallup celebrate their Indian heritage.

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Between New Mexico and Arizona, one notices a distinct difference in the way the states handle Route 66. New Mexico sticks with the ranching and mining to make a living while keeping bits of 66 as part of their heritage. Arizona uses 66 as another tourist adventure to entice people to visit the state. Both work without damaging one’s view of the Great Highway.

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One of first Arizona sites is the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook. It is about 75 years old.

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Even though the motel is old, it has been updated with modern conveniences and the price is relatively cheap—less than 50.00 a night.

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Besides a Wigwam Motel, the town has murals.

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Here is the infamous Jack Rabbit Trading Post---jack rabbit and all. Just reopened about 18 months ago.

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I can only imagine how hard it is to get on a saddled-jackrabbit when wearing a long skirt.

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Now to the neon of Flagstaff. We stayed here—35.00 per night per room.

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Since Flagstaff is the gateway to the Grand Canyon, one slide from there will be included to more entice you to make the trip.

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Williams, Arizona, was a major railroad center of the Southwest. This meant it had some unusal enterprises and names.

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An old brothel, now a dance hall, they say. She may have been easy but not cheap

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An Irish-Mexican restaurant serving English and French drinks.

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Between Williams and Seligman is the only time we have seen cowboys actually working doggies.

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Seligman is like no other town on 66 or anywhere for that matter

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And they have real, live roadkill on the menu!!!

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Between Seligman and Kingman, in the middle of the desert is an abandoned Tiki.

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Why there is South Seas things here is a mystery

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Talk about being in the middle of nowhere.

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Between Kingman, Arizona, and Needles, California, is the most desolate and remote part of 66. Stuck in the middle is an old mining town, Oatman, which has been revived as a tourist haven.

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The only Saguaro cactus on 66. How long it will remain is in doubt.

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This was an abandoned site until the movie “Universal Soldier” used it as the location. It has been in operation ever since.

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Just as with all good things, this slide show must come to an end. Just down the road from Oatman is the turn off going to Las Vegas. But all is not lost, there is a brief view of one of Vegas’ best free attractions.

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It is hoped that you have enjoyed this show as much as we have enjoyed making it. Just remember the journey is as important as the destination. Bob and Jan Abernethy 322-6033

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