For many, Route 66 is in their blood – they grew up on the old highway, traveled the road with their parents when they were children, or, perhaps, even pumped gas at one of the vintage filling stations that really knew what the term”customer service” meant.
For others, they are nostalgic like me -“old souls,” some may say. And, if it’s history, it’s interesting!!! What the Santa Fe Trail is to us today, Route 66 is to our future generations, and it’s history and heritage can no more be forgotten than those of the wagon train pioneers. Yes, it was another age, but still, a giant step in the progress of a country. Wildlife Removal Palm Bay
Well, if you travel this classic sidewalk, I will guarantee that you will. Along this historical path, that normally follows an even older one – that of the railroads as they enlarged, there is history that dates back far beyond the asphalt of the Mother Road. It’s not just about an old highway – it’s so much more – an evolution from historic trails such as the National Old Trails highway which traversed a lot of the same road in New Mexico, Arizona and California; or the Trail of Tears that converges with Route 66 in Missouri and Oklahoma.
Along this vintage road, you will not just find the”good ole’ days” that you may remember, but also a depth of history that perhaps you can just imagine. From Civil War sites in Missouri and Oklahoma, to outlaws in Texas and New Mexico, to the numerous gold mining camps of Arizona, the sights along this old highway are incredible.
If you long for the good ole’ days with the buttery smell of popcorn at the drive in theater or a greasy burger at the local diner, you will have plenty of opportunities at places like the Cozy Dog Drive-In at Springfield, Illinois; Wrink’s Market and the Munger Moss Motel in Lebanon, Missouri; or the Snow Cap Drive-In at Seligman, Arizona. If your memory revives the days of Stuckey’s, Steak’N’ Shakes, and Burma-Shave signs, you’ll be happy to know that these Route 66 icons are on their way back!
If it’s an older part of the west that you’re looking for, you’ll discover that too. Holbrook, Arizona was said to have been”too tough for women or churches;” Tucumcari was referred to as”Six-Shooter Siding,” and Galena, Kansas was the site of much bloodshed during its coal mining days.
Even though several interstates have replaced the old street, almost 85 percent of it can still be traveled. Some of them are a ghost towner’s dream, such as Glenrio, Texas; Cuervo, New Mexico; and a long stretch of ghost towns as you enter California’s Mojave Desert.
Along this historic road, numerous lakes, national and state parks, and historical sites are abundant. Take your time, as, all along the old Mother Road, there is something for everybody.