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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 RoadLulu's Hot dogs - Chicago, Illinois

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Located on the westbound side of Route 66.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member flyingmoose

location: Illinois

date approved: 9/22/2021

last visited: never

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadNRHP marker for distinctive Rt66 pavement - Arcadia, Oklahoma

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An original roadbed of Route 66, described on a National Register of Historical Places marker east of Arcadia, Oklahoma. On Old Rt 66, east of Hiwassee Rd.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member vulture1957

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 7/13/2021

last visited: never

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadDairy King - Route 66 - Commerce, OK

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Route 66 Diner

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member TerraViators

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 6/23/2021

last visited: never

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadForest Manor Motel - Lebanon, MO

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Route 66 motel in Lebanon, MO.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Wallyum

location: Missouri

date approved: 6/12/2021

last visited: never

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadTruxton Cafe' - Truxton, AZ

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Abandoned diner in Truxton, AZ.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Wallyum

location: Arizona

date approved: 6/12/2021

last visited: never

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadBeacon Court Motel sign - Pacific, MO

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All that remains of a 1940's travel court on Route 66 in Pacific, MO.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Wallyum

location: Missouri

date approved: 6/10/2021

last visited: never

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadOak Park Motel - Monrovia, CA

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Classic motel in Morovia, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Wallyum

location: California

date approved: 5/31/2021

last visited: never

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadDesert Inn - Barstow, CA

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Classic motel on Route 66 in Barstow, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Wallyum

location: California

date approved: 5/31/2021

last visited: never

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadSt. Clair Motel - St. Clair, MO

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Former motel on Route 66 in St. Clair, MO.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Wallyum

location: Missouri

date approved: 5/31/2021

last visited: never

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadMeramec Caverns advertising barn - St. Clair, MO

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Barn advertising Meramec Caverns on Route 66.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Wallyum

location: Missouri

date approved: 5/31/2021

last visited: never

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadFriendly Cafe - Texola, OK

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Abandoned Route 66 cafe' in Texola, OK.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Wallyum

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 5/31/2021

last visited: never

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadMcDonald's Golden Arches - La Verne, CA

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Original McDonald's Golden Arches building in La Verne, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Wallyum

location: California

date approved: 5/30/2021

last visited: never

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadChippewa Motel - Marlborough, MO

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Route 66 motel outside of St. Louis, MO

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Wallyum

location: Missouri

date approved: 5/29/2021

last visited: never

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadBuckaroo Motel - Tucumcari, NM

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Motel on Route 66 in Tucumcari, NM.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Wallyum

location: New Mexico

date approved: 5/29/2021

last visited: never

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadRoute 66 Truck and Auto Service - San Jon, NM

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Abandoned Route 66 garage in San Jon, NM.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Wallyum

location: New Mexico

date approved: 5/29/2021

last visited: never

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadWhiting Brothers Motel and Service Station - Continental Divide, NM

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Former Route 66 motel in Continental Divide, NM.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Wallyum

location: New Mexico

date approved: 5/29/2021

last visited: never

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadCircle M Motel - San Jon, NM

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Former Route 66 motel.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Wallyum

location: New Mexico

date approved: 5/29/2021

last visited: never

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadTexaco service station - San Jon, NM

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Former Route 66 service station.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Wallyum

location: New Mexico

date approved: 5/29/2021

last visited: never

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadHi-Line Motel - Ash Fork, AZ

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Abandoned motel on Route 66 in Ash Fork.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Wallyum

location: Arizona

date approved: 5/29/2021

last visited: never

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadMotor Inn Auto Court - Oro Grande, CA

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Former Route 66 travel court.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Wallyum

location: California

date approved: 5/29/2021

last visited: never

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadSatellite Cafe sign - Lebanon, MO

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Abandoned sign for a former Route 66 cafe.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Wallyum

location: Missouri

date approved: 5/29/2021

last visited: never

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadChief's Motel - Valentine, AZ

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Former Route 66 motel now used as apartments.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Wallyum

location: Arizona

date approved: 5/29/2021

last visited: never

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadPolly Gas sign - Helendale, CA

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Restored gasoline sign from a long defunct brand.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Wallyum

location: California

date approved: 5/29/2021

last visited: never

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadBig Arrow Campground - Joseph City, AZ

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Long abandoned campground next to Ella's Frontier Days and across from Howdy Hanks in Joseph City, AZ.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Wallyum

location: Arizona

date approved: 5/26/2021

last visited: never

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadGrants Cafe - Grants, NM

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Built in 1937 and no longer serving as a restaurant, the Grants Cafe building and sign have been preserved as icons of Route 66. The building is currently serving in a health care capacity.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Wallyum

location: New Mexico

date approved: 5/26/2021

last visited: never

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