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Road tripping; touring historic Route 66 in bite-size pieces…old highway celebrates 90th birthday!

The Foothills Drive-in Theater sign is all the remains of the iconic drive-in theater in Azuza, CA that fronted on Rt. 66; the sign is now part of Azuza Pacific University.

Road tripping; touring historic Route 66 in bite-size pieces… The fabled ‘Mother Road’ turns 90 this year! I was first exposed to Route 66 in the summer of 1962, when my mother packed me and my two brothers in the back of a Ford station wagon, towing a Nimrod tent trailer, and set off from [...]

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Santa Monica and Muscle Beach; old Route 66 brings us to the sunny Pacific

Santa Monica Pier on a hazy, perfect Pacific Ocean morning.

After more than two-dozen trips to the LA area in several decades, one of our “must stops” is always Santa Monica on the Pacific Ocean, due west of central Los Angeles. I originally discovered the town, at age 14, on a trip with my parents from Ohio – following Route 66 from Chicago all the [...]

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Arizona dreamin’…Burma Shave makes comeback on historic Route 66!

The Aztec Motel in Seligman features a mural of Marilyn Monroe brightening the restaurant portion.

‘Get your kicks on Route 66’ as it meanders through quaint, forgotten towns In 1962, my mother piled my two younger brothers and 14 year-old me into the back of a ‘61 Ford station wagon, towing a tiny Nimrod tent trailer, bound from Ohio to California and back. My plumbing-contractor father planned to fly into [...]

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Route 66, the “Mother Road”, miles of Americana from Oklahoma to New Mexico (Part 1 of 2)

Vintage Red Barn, Arcadia, OK, was built in 1898; our teardrop travel trailer in the foreground!

  Old Gulf gas station in Sapulpa, OK, preserves an age when gas went for 19.9 cents per gallon! Vintage Red Barn, Arcadia, OK, was built in 1898; our teardrop travel trailer in the foreground! The famed Rock Restaurant in Stroud, OK, was made of rock excavated when Route 66 was built. An abandoned gas [...]

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