Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Day 17 Summer Vacation 2008

Today is Day 17 Wednesday July 23 2008

We are up early, we have had breakfast and we are on the road by 9am.

Kingman Arizona - First stop on Route 66 today is to drive by the Beale Hotel and take some photos, then we are off to the Powerhouse Museum, a popular Route 66 museum. We spent an hour or so inside the museum, then we crossed the road to look at the old steam engine that was setup in a park.

Heading East from Kingman we encounter the Hackberry General Store way out in the middle of nowhere. This is a very well known Route 66 stop and must see. We spent about an hour here, poking around out back among the old cars and Route 66 memorabilia. The store itself is jam packed to the rafters with anything and everything that a weary road traveller would need.

Train Spotting near Valentine Arizona. Route 66 very closely follows the train tracks.

As we got close to Truxton Arizona, we found this neat sign.

It is time for lunch and the Frontier Motel & Restaurant is highly recommended in any Route 66 book that we have read, so we pull in off the road for a bite to eat. The place was packed with patrons, although I suspect they were locals rather than road warriors. Good to see a Route 66 business doing so well. However I thought the upholstery in the booths needed replacing. Large rips with stuffing poking out, it is time to re-upholster. I can understand the concept of original and authentic when it relates to Route 66, but I am not talking about small rips. Anyways, the food was good, the owner, although very busy, saw our Route 66 shirts and stopped by our table to thank us for stopping in.

Next stop is Seligman Arizona. Seligman is considered the birthplace of the resurrection of Route 66. When the Interstate system was completed, Route 66 was by-passed, de-commissioned and forgotten until Angel Delgadillo of Seligman AZ decided that he was going to see what he could do to put Route 66 back on the map. Although we did not get to meet Angel, we visited his now famous barber shop / visitor center.

Next door is the Snow Cap, we had a couple of milk shakes and a burger, but watch out because the staff is very clumsy and you may find yourself with mustard squirted all over your nice clean shirt.

There is a lot of neat Route 66 memorabilia around behind the Sno Cap, so if you have some time to spare, it is fun to poke around behind the store.

Next stop is Ashfork Arizona. We visited their Route 66 Museum and drove around town looking for DeSotos Barber Shop, it wasn't hard to spot. Yes that is a real Desoto on top of the building.

Williams Arizona is next and we stopped at Twisters 50's Soda Fountain. This is a fun little spot and the decor is reminiscent of the old soda fountain ice cream shops of the 50's and 60's

We by-passed Flagstaff as we had spent a week here earlier and we headed for Twin Arrows Trading Post. Although abandoned long ago, there are still remnants of the old trading post and what remains of the iconic twin arrows.

Two Guns and Meteor City Trading Post were our last stops for today before checking into our hotel for the evening.

For all of my photos from today (170 photos) you can click on the link to my Flickr site to view them.

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