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Route 66 - The Mother Road
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Traveling along Route 66 is a wonderful experience; our goal is to capture what makes it special. One of the great features of driving the Route is seeing period Americana (American culture), items from the 1920s thru 1980s. Also along the path are things that are distinctive and can't be seen anywhere else or are of significant interest and worthy of being called out. Lastly there are important markers along the path of Route 66 that should be seen. Done right, you'll experience Route 66 here!!
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What Makes a Good Waymark?

Noted Route 66 author Jerry McClanahan calls Route 66, "The legendary emblem of 20th century roadside America." In this Waymarking category, that's the spirit we're trying to capture. The ordinary is not welcome here.

So what qualifies? Well, generally speaking it's something that captures the distinct culture of the period when Route 66 flourished, 1926 to 1984. A classic motor hotel, a diner, or maybe a curio shop.

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It could also be something that really stands out as significant along the route. Roadside art, Route 66 museums or decommissioned bridges would all qualify.

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Then there are those progress markers or memorials such as the Route 66 midpoint sign, or a Roy Roger Dedication plaques, or the Mojave Desert plaques. Any of these would also be welcome here.

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An example of something that would not be acceptable is a church which happened to have been built along Route 66 during the period but which is not Americana nor otherwise significant. It could be a modern building or a gothic structure but neither would qualify.

History of Route 66

U.S. Route 66 was pieced together in 1926 from existing trails and paths to complete a span of road which ran from Chicago, IL to Santa Monica, CA. This "Main Street of America" spanned three time zones, crossed eight States, and covered more than 2,000 miles. It was the country's first two lane road to connect the shores of Lake Michigan to the the palisades of the Pacific Ocean.

Over time its popularity grew. Early on it was an escape path for midwesterners fleeing the horrors of the dust bowl years. After WWII, the route was driven by young war veterans wanting to head West to seek their fortunes. The 1946 song "Get Your Kicks on Route 66" inspired renewed interest in the road for vacations as did the 1960 show "Route 66". It grew to become the prominent East-West thoroughfare until it slowly became eclipsed by the Interstate Highway System.

Though it was decertified as an official U.S. highway in 1985, an interesting thing has happened. Unlike other historic trails which disappeared from everywhere but written memory, Route 66 has experienced a resurgence of interest. Associations in each State continue to promote Route 66. Books, articles, and other print media continue to reflect positively on its history. Even movies themed on Route 66 have been successful, "Cars" by Pixar Studios being the most prominent example. The result is a resurgence of interest and tourism along the path of Route 66.

About 85 percent of Route 66 can still be traveled in one form or another. Much of what was not absorbed into the Interstate Freeway System remains undisturbed by modernization. This results in absolutely special icons from the past remaining viewable for those who are looking for them.

Traveling Route 66 is like a treasure hunt where you are constantly discovering gems!

Instructions for Posting a Route 66 - The Mother Road Waymark:

Pictures of icons found along Route 66 which are either culturally important, distinctive, or of significant interest. Waymarkers from along any segment of Route 66's history (from 1926 to 1985) are valid.

Submissions to this category must be found along Route 66 and must be judged as acceptable by qualifying for at least one of these three criteria:

Does it represent period culture?

Is it distinctive or of significant interest?

Is it an important milestone or marker?

In addition, at least one picture and its GPS coordinates are essential for submission. We appreciate having a web link and a physical address, but these are optional. Lastly, please respect the rights of authors and photographers. If you are using third party materials and you want your waymarker to be accepted in this category then please mention your source.

Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
To log a Visit, please make every effort to supply an image of yourself at the site. The standard GPS photo may be used as well, or even just an image that you took when you visited the location. If you do not have the option to provide an image, please provide a detailed description of your visit so we can form a 'mental image'.
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Route 66 - The Mother RoadBurma Shave Signs - Route 66 - California, USA.

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The Burma Shave signs were common sights on the highways & byways of America from 1925 to 1963. Many of these signs were evident as you travel along the 2,400 miles of Route 66 - These are modern replacements, this set near Bannock, California, USA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: California

date approved: 9/28/2017

last visited: 11/3/2017

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadArrowood Trading Post - Route 66 - Catoosa, Oklahoma, USA.

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The former 'Chief Wolf Robe Hunt Trading Post' established in the 1950s, A Cafe & Curio Store selling Tribal Silver & Art, to 66 travellers. Renamed Arrowood Trading Post in 1990, located opposite the Blue Whale, Historic Route 66. Catoosa, Oklahoma

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 9/27/2017

last visited: 11/3/2017

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadWest Winds Motel - Route 66 - Erick, Oklahoma, USA.

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The legendary, West Winds Motel & Neon - Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Sadly the Bucking Bronco Neon is now a bitter remnant of what was once a legend shining brightly alongside Historic Route 66, in Erick, Oklahoma.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 9/26/2017

last visited: 11/3/2017

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadService Stations along Route 66 - El Reno, OK

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Using two local El Reno service stations as an example, we see how Route 66 developed and maintained an economic benefit to local communities along its route.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member hamquilter

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 9/23/2017

last visited: never

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadWill Rogers Highway Marker - Route 66 - Hydro, Oklahoma, USA.

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Will Rogers Highway - Historic Marker - This monument symbolizes the greatness of the man and his memorial that is now etched in the history of Route 66 & the Highway named after him. located near Provine / Hamon Station, Hydro, Oklahoma.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 9/16/2017

last visited: 9/17/2017

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadBethany 1920 to 1950 - Route 66 Mural - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA.

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Mural depicting local scenes & businesses from Bethany's early days, when Route 66 was in its heyday. The mural is displayed on the Side of a Mexican Restaurant alongside the Mother Road In Bethany, Oklahoma.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 9/12/2017

last visited: 9/12/2017

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadCrossroads of America - Route 66 Mural - El Reno, Oklahoma, USA.

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This Route 66 mural commemorates the city's role as the Crossroads of America. The Artwork is at the intersection of two historic highways, the Old Chisholm Trail (US.81) & Route 66.(US.66) Located in El Reno, Oklahoma, United States of America.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 9/11/2017

last visited: 9/12/2017

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadPow Wow Trading Post - Route 66 - Holbrook, Arizona, USA.

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The POW WOW Trading Post features a large imposing sign. As Route 66 has changed over the years so has this business. In the days of the Mother Road, the sign displayed the words MOTEL where the words ROCKS now appear. Located in Holbrook, Arizona.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: Arizona

date approved: 9/3/2017

last visited: 9/12/2017

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadDesert Skies Motel - Route 66 - Gallup, New Mexico, USA.

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The Desert Skies Motel opened as the Desert Skies Motor Hotel in 1959. The Skies text sign with white Neon tube's & incandescent red lamps, still shines alongside Historic Route 66, in Gallup, New Mexico.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: New Mexico

date approved: 9/1/2017

last visited: 9/12/2017

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadRoot 66 Mural - Route 66 - Sayre, Oklahoma, USA.

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Root 66 Mural - A night-time desert scene, featuring a representation of the Mother Road. Painted on the side of the Route 66 Bar,(Former Lewis's 66 Cantina) itself standing alongside NE Hwy 66, Sayre, Oklahoma.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 2/25/2017

last visited: 4/1/2017

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadSilver Saddle Motel - Santa Fe, NM

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The Silver Saddle Motel is located on Route 66 in Santa Fe, NM.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: New Mexico

date approved: 12/29/2016

last visited: never

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadRoute 66 - J.H. Hawes Grain Elevator Museum - Atlanta, Illinois, USA.

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This old wooden Grain Elevator is a historic Route 66 landmark attraction, & houses a museum. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Located close to the Mother Road in the center of the small picturesque town of Atlanta, Illinois.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: Illinois

date approved: 12/25/2016

last visited: 4/1/2017

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadRoute 66 Goodwill - Tulsa, OK, US

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Goodwill Industries of Tulsa store on Southwest Boulevard (aka Route 66)

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Crazy4horses

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 12/15/2016

last visited: 1/20/2017

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadRoute 66 Western Gateway Arch - Tulsa, OK, US

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Southwest Boulevard across from the Crystal City shopping center (site of Crystal City Amusement Park).

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Crazy4horses

location: Texas

date approved: 12/13/2016

last visited: 12/7/2016

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadStandard Diner - Albuquerque, NM

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This diner was once a gas station on Route 66.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: New Mexico

date approved: 12/10/2016

last visited: never

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadMidway on Illinois Route 66 - Atlanta, Illinois, USA.

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Atlanta lies midway along the 300 mile long section of Illinois Route 66. This Sign is designed to promote Atlanta to the attention of tourists getting their kicks on 66. Located in the small Mother Road, Town of Atlanta, Illinois.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: Illinois

date approved: 11/5/2016

last visited: 11/8/2016

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadWheels of Fortune on Route 66 - Atlanta, Illinois, USA.

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Wheels of Fortune on 66 - From rags to riches & back again. The tumultuous relationship between business & The Mother Road, is captured through pictures & audio on this Historic Marker. Located in Atlanta the Midpoint of Route 66 in Illinois.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: Illinois

date approved: 11/3/2016

last visited: 11/3/2016

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Route 66 - The Mother Road(Former) DelSue Motor Inn - Williams, AZ

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"In 1936, Mr. H.J. Delaney built a combination full service Standard Gas Station and tourist court, in the Spanish Colonial Style...Its construction reflects the growing importance of automobile traffic, which replaced the railroad..."

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache

location: Arizona

date approved: 11/2/2016

last visited: never

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadBoston Avenue Church - Route 66 - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.

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Boston Avenue Church - A not to be missed building of national significance on the Route 66 corridor. The Church displays architecture typical of the 1920-50's when the Mother Road was in its heyday. Located in the home of US-66, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 10/30/2016

last visited: 11/1/2016

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadBristow Historical Museum - Route 66 - Bristow, Oklahoma, USA.

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Bristow Historical Depot & Town Square - A Route 66 attraction, reminding the tripper that the railroad was the main event back in the 1920's. Get a feel for this historic Route 66 town at this fascinating museum in Bristow, Oklahoma.

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location: Oklahoma

date approved: 10/28/2016

last visited: 11/1/2016

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadWelcome to Davenport - Route 66 - Oklahoma, USA.

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The Welcome to Davenport Sign - Displays two well presented mural's showing Route 66 Shield's & iconic Mother Road attractions. A great photo opportunity for kickers, passing through the small picturesque Route 66 town of Davenport, Oklahoma.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 10/26/2016

last visited: 11/11/2017

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadBroadway Mural - Route 66 - Davenport, Oklahoma, USA.

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A Mural featuring "Davenport Broadway Avenue" (old Route 66) One of the few locations where you can still drive on the actual road-bed of the Mother Road. Broadway Avenue is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Davenport, Oklahoma.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 10/26/2016

last visited: 11/11/2017

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadRoute 66 Mural - Davenport, Oklahoma, USA.

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The small Town of Davenport OK. Is still alive & kicking on Route 66. Displaying terrific murals for the enjoyment of 66 Tripper's. This Mural shows scenes from the town's history, & the attractions you see as you pass through on the Mother Road.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 10/22/2016

last visited: 11/11/2017

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadMeteor City Trading Post - Route 66 - Winslow, Arizona, USA.

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Meteor City Trading Post - Opened as a service station in 1938. The quirky trading post is another Mother Road casualty of the Interstate. Located just off old Route 66. near the Barringer Meteor Crater, Arizona.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: Arizona

date approved: 10/12/2016

last visited: 10/12/2016

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadRoute 66 - Atlanta Museum - Atlanta, Illinois, USA.

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The Atlanta Museum features exhibits focused on Abraham Lincoln, the founding of Route 66, & the local history of the area. Located in the Downey Building, a popular stop by trippers getting their kicks on Historic Route 66 in Atlanta, Illinois.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: Illinois

date approved: 10/8/2016

last visited: 10/22/2016

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