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Discussion in 'Photos' started by kickstandsup, Oct 28, 2016.
Palmer Hotel, Afton, Oklahoma. Opened 1911, adjoining café added in 1940.
McDougal Filling Station, Vinita, Oklahoma.
This house-type filling station was constructed in 1940 on us highway 66 east of Vinita. It exhibits a type of masonry veneer often referred to as giraffe stone, a patchwork of light and dark colored sandstone with dark colored mortar joints. This station is exemplary of the independent filling station, not linked to any particular brand of gas. As an independent station, it also would be among the first to suffer when traffic from Route 66 was diverted by I-44. Listed in National Register 5/27/04.
Thanks @jay547, @bluestar , as well as others who have added GPS, address, or other location information. Has made my job SO MUCH EASIER and less time consuming. Has also saved me lots of data across my slow internet connection.
Thanks again to @kickstandsup for starting this thread.
Chelsea Motel, Chelsea, Oklahoma.
St. Clair, MO 38.351431, -90.982446
Fanning, MO 38.037435, -91.469238
Burma Shave...............LOVE IT.
Gemini Man..... Launching Pad Restaurant..... Wilmington IL.....
Blue Swallow Motel..... Tucumcari NM.....
Standin' On The Corner..... Winslow AZ.....
U-Drop Inn..... Shamrock TX.....
Cool Springs AZ.....
I can't believe that I'm just finding this thread. I am a huge Route 66 fan. (Yes, that is short for fanatic.) I am also a long time member of the Preservation Committee of the Illinois Route 66 Association. There are a lot of great iconic photos here and I have some also. But I'm going to try and post some different photos I've taken over the years.
First up is a favorite of mine just north of Nilwood, Illinois. Illinois was the first state to have all of its Route 66 miles paved. This small section of 1926 Portland cement was still wet when some turkeys decided to walk across it. Their tracks are still visible today. We (the preservation committee) made it easier to find about 10 years ago by adding a sign and outlining the pavement with white paint.
Next up is the Standard Oil Station in Odell, Illinois. Originally built in 1923, this was restored by the Illinois Route 66 Association just before it almost was lost to neglect and deterioration. Every spring we gather to clean, paint, and repair any damage from the past year. It is truly a gem on the highway and a great photo op.
Our work crew
I will post more when I get some time. I have many cool photos from the Route to share.
..passing through Dwight, Illinois.
Mt. Olive, IL
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If anyone can help me with the location of either of these, I'll pin 'em on the map.
Okay boys and girls, I promised more cool photos and today's photos are very special. Few Route 66 travelers get to experience the Chain of Rocks Bridge over the Mississippi river. It opened in 1929 and carried Route 66 until 1968 when the I-270 bridge opened 2000 yards north of the original. It is unique in that it has a 28 degree bend part way across the mile long bridge. It was also featured in the movie "Escape From New York." Adrienne Barbeau and Ernest Borgnine died on the bridge while Kurt Russell and Donald Pleasence escaped over it. Here is a link to the National Park Service web page about the bridge: https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/route66/chain_of_rocks_bridge_illinois_missouri.html
The bridge is currently a biking and hiking trail, but is opened to vehicles for special occasions. The annual Illinois Route 66 Association motor Tour is one such occasion. Go to the association website for more info: http://www.il66assoc.org/ I do NOT recommend walking across the bridge unless you have someone stay in the parking area to protect your belongings. Both sides of the river are subject to vehicle break ins and theft.
Edit to add the following dark history:
In 1991 there was a double homicide committed on the bridge. 2 sisters were raped and murdered. There was a book and movie made about it. I won't go into details, but if you want details, google "Chain of Rocks Bridge murders."
That's enough history. Let's see some photos. First is an aerial photo from 1929.
Looking east from the Missouri side. That's me on the left and 2 of my riding buddies.
Another view looking east showing the bend.
One of the 2 water intake towers supplying water to St Louis. These are just south of the bridge.
A view looking west at the bend.
Close up photos of the iron work
Biker scum crossing the bridge.
A marvelous view of St Louis.
And the next 2 pictures illustrate an important point while traveling. Don't get tunnel vision while touring. Pay attention to what is near you.
Deer feeding beneath the bridge.
This was taken while waiting for my friends to get within camera range. This Peregrine Falcon had a nest on the bridge with 2 chicks in it. She was very upset with all the extra traffic on HER bridge and was screaming at me the whole time I was waiting for my friends. I didn't take my eyes off of her and eventually she gave me the ADV salute
And finally , one of me crossing the bridge.