Route 66 was commissioned in 1926 and fully paved by the late 1930s. It ran from Chicago to Los Angeles, creating connections between hundreds of small towns and providing a trucking route through the Southwest. While not the first long-distance highway, or the most traveled, Route 66 gained fame beyond almost any other road. Dubbed… Read More Photo Essay: Phillips 66 on Route 66
The road signs along Route 66 are wonderfully retro, aesthetically beautiful and, at times, profoundly sad. So much of the highway has fallen into complete disrepair; what's been replaced is now cracked pavement (when it exists at all) sprouting grass. The signs that haven't been restored are the ones I… Read More Vacation 2011: Route 66 – Seeing the Signs (Pt. 1)
route 66: the mother road herself A bit of photography for you this sunny (here, at least), temperate day. I stood in the middle of the road to get this shot, in the heart of an almost completely abandoned Route 66 virtual ghost town. All the former businesses were derelict, windows broken, insides filled with… Read More The Sunday Salon – August 27 Edition: The reading week. Bits of This and That. And Hitler.
The "Blue Whale" of Catoosa, Oklahoma The Blue Whale is one of those most famous of the famous Route 66 stops. It's a recreation area, a place families could stop and relax after a long morning on the road. It was about an hour's drive from the hotel we'd stayed at the night before. We… Read More Vacation 2011: Route 66
abandoned gas station – route 66 Loads of cool photo opportunities along old Route 66, especially if you're into the rustic. Or rusty, maybe I should say. Sad, though, seeing all these once thriving businesses gone to ruin. Once upon a time this was the most bustling road in America, the first trans-American highway. Generations… Read More Vacation 2011: Route 66
I'm warning you; it's long (That's what she said.) Good morning, my lovelies! Err… Afternoon, actually. Route 66 Museum Here's a photo from our 2011 summer vacation, for no other reason than I haven't posted a whole lot of pictures yet. Time is the culprit. Time is my nemesis. Also, the wasting of… Read More The Sunday Salon – August 20, 2011 , or: