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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 RoadNeptune Park - Clinton, OK

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Neptune Park, built by the WPA, was a welcomed stop along the Mother Road.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member hamquilter

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 5/21/2020

last visited: never

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadNeedles Historic Theatre - Needles, CA

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A historic theater in Needles, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 3/21/2020

last visited: never

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadOak Grove Roadside Park - Leasburg, MO

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Park is now closed...MoDoT is closing all the old US Highway Parks...they claim no one uses them any more...

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.

location: Missouri

date approved: 2/19/2020

last visited: never

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadPulaski County Courthouse - Waynesville, MO

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Route 66 ran down Main St., past this old courthouse, markers and museum...surely you would have stopped...

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.

location: Missouri

date approved: 12/27/2019

last visited: never

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadBig Piney Truss Bridge - Devil's Elbow, MO

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Bridge is over the area they call the Elbows...

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.

location: Missouri

date approved: 12/3/2019

last visited: never

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadBlakes Restaurant, Route 66, Tucumcari, New Mexico

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Route 66 Mother Road in front of Blakes Restaurant in Tucumcark NM on May 31, 1994.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe

location: New Mexico

date approved: 12/3/2019

last visited: never

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadQuanah Parker Trail Arrow, Vega, TX

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This Quana Parker Trail Arrow pierces the ground behind the former Magnolia Service Station on Route 66 in Vega, TX.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member wildernessmama

location: Texas

date approved: 12/3/2019

last visited: never

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadGrand Canyon Hotel, Williams, AZ

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The Grand Canyon Hotel was built in 1892 and is a main fixture on Route 66 in Williams, AZ.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member wildernessmama

location: Arizona

date approved: 11/3/2019

last visited: never

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadCucamonga Service Station - Rancho Cucamonga, CA

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A former service station in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 9/13/2019

last visited: never

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadOld Route 66 Bridge - Catoosa, OK

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This is a decommissioned truss bridge which once stood on nearby Route 66.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member hamquilter

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 5/25/2019

last visited: never

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadEl Reno Rt. 66 monument - El Reno, OK

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A large Rt. 66 monument was designed with photo opportunities in mind. Visitors can climb inside the "66" and be part of the Rt. 66 sign!

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Max and 99

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 4/13/2019

last visited: 10/25/2019

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadRoute 66 Park - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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A municipal park along Route 66 on the west side of Lake Overholser in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member The Snowdog

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 12/2/2018

last visited: 12/29/2018

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadGrand River Dam - E. of Vinita, OK

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You know you have to stop, at lease back then, for all the hysterical markers along the great route.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 11/26/2018

last visited: 10/24/2019

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadTumbleweed Grill - Route 66 - Texola, Oklahoma, USA.

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The Tumbleweed Grill & Country Store, Located in the historic 1930s 'Watering Hole #2' building. A truly authentic part of Route 66 history. Situated just east of the Texas/Oklahoma border. Texola, Oklahoma.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 3/20/2018

last visited: 10/25/2019

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadRock Shop Dinosaurs - Route 66 - Holbrook, Arizona, USA.

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The Rainbow Rock Shop - Roadside Attraction - Featuring homemade Dino's. Sells petrified wood, geodes & souvenirs. The 7 massive concrete dinosaurs draw trippers off the Mother Road into the store located alongside Route 66, in Holbrook, Arizona.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: Arizona

date approved: 3/12/2018

last visited: 4/25/2020

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadRoute 66 Motel - Neon Marquee - Kingman, Arizona, USA.

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Route 66 Motel - A classic Mother Road motor court motel with a 1950s four story tall Neon Marquee. Attracting trippers & photographers on Historic Route 66 as they cruise through Kingman, Arizona, USA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: Arizona

date approved: 3/9/2018

last visited: 11/5/2019

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadHill Top Motel - Route 66 - Kingman, Arizona, USA.

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The Hill Top Motel features a classic mid 50's Neon sign & a panoramic view of the Hualapai Mountains. The iconic Neon Marquee beckons travellers tripping on the Mother Road, through Kingman, Arizona.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: Arizona

date approved: 3/8/2018

last visited: 11/5/2019

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadEl Trovatore Motel - Route 66 - Kingman, Arizona, USA.

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The El Trovatore Motel is unmissable as you trip Historic 66 due to the 100 feet tall El Trovator Neon tower & Neon Marquee. The Motel is an iconic 66 roadside attraction, which displays the Worlds longest Route 66 Map. Located in Kingman, Arizona.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: Arizona

date approved: 3/8/2018

last visited: 11/5/2019

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadFrontier Motel - Route 66 - Truxton, Arizona, USA.

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The Frontier Motel/Café & its classic 1950s Neon marquee, stand alongside Historic Route 66. The Frontier Motel opened for business in Truxton 66 years ago, near Peach Springs, Arizona.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: Arizona

date approved: 3/6/2018

last visited: 3/8/2018

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadAcoma Curio Shop - Route 66 - San Fidel, New Mexico, USA.

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Acoma Curio Shop - In 1926, Route 66 was aligned along the "Old National Trails Road" linking Gallup with Albuquerque. US-66 passed through the San Jose River Valley ran past the Arcoma Curio Store, & right through the heart of San Fidel, New Mexico

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: New Mexico

date approved: 3/5/2018

last visited: 3/5/2018

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadHubbell Trading Post - Route 66 - Winslow, Arizona.

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Hubbell Trading Post - Currently serves as the Winslow Visitor Center. The ghost sign above the store reads "Navajo Rugs, Lorenzo Hubbell Co. Trading Post" The NRHP listed building is located alongside Route 66 in the heart of Winslow, Arizona.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: Arizona

date approved: 3/4/2018

last visited: 4/28/2020

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadSleeping on the Corner - Route 66 - Winslow, Arizona, USA.

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Marble Motel - now Earl's Motor Court - Advertised as "Sleeping on the Corner in Winslow" Said to be the oldest classic Route 66 motel still in operation in Winslow, Arizona, USA.

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location: Arizona

date approved: 3/3/2018

last visited: 4/28/2020

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadBrad's Desert Inn - Route 66 - Holbrook, Arizona, USA.

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Brad's Desert Inn - A vintage motor court hotel, artistically decorated with Murals, also a large Neon marquee, typical of the 1950s/60s & the many signs on Motels standing alongside Historic Route 66 as it passes through Holbrook, Arizona, USA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: Arizona

date approved: 3/2/2018

last visited: 4/25/2020

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadHolbrook Inn - Route 66 - Holbrook, Arizona, USA.

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The Holbrook Inn (Former Woods Inn) - The Hotel Neon Marquee is a fine example of Route 66 Americana, & typical period culture of the 1950s/60s. The Holbrook Inn, still serving trippers cruisin' the Mother Road, through Holbrook, Arizona.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: Arizona

date approved: 2/28/2018

last visited: 4/27/2020

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadCruisin' Route 66 - Bernalillo, New Mexico, USA.

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A Kodak moment as you cruise Historic Route 66. The Town of Bernalillo, City of Coronado has set up a photo opportunity, alongside the mother road on the pre 1937 alignment of US-66 between Santa Fe, & Albuquerque, New Mexico.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: New Mexico

date approved: 2/25/2018

last visited: 3/2/2018

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