Saturday, March 06, 2010

Historic Route 66

On Wednesday, we drove from Morton to Wheaton and decided to pull off Interstate 55 to drive a section of the Historic Route 66.


We have developed an attachment to this piece of highway history, and so we took about an hour driving through a few small towns and following signs like this one!


Sometimes we actually had to choose which route 66 to follow--some were from the 20's, others from the 30's. It went through several small towns--most which looked sad. In one town, nearly every other house had a "for sale" sign--and even the parish house of the Catholic church was for sale.


We pulled off at one of the "roadside attractions."


The attraction was this barn, which advertised Meramec Caverns coming up. We didn't see any "Wall Drug" signs...


Portions of the old 66 run along a nicely paved highway. They are blocked off so cars can't go on it. We wanted to show that "we really were there!"

Seeing this reminded me of trips as a little girl from Bemidji, MN to Kenmare, ND to see my grandparents, and the repetitive "thud, thud, thud" as the tires went over the seams of the concrete. The new highway is on the left.

Street signs marked the route through towns.


We actually saw two of these old stations restored for 66 aficionados. It may be that during the summer this serves as a souvenir shop--but it was all closed up.

This is why we've got a special place in our hearts for Route 66. I took it this morning from our garage... Notice the difference in the terrain, as well! Our snow is up there on the distant peaks...

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