Stories of Route 66

Here are some of the unique businesses that have survived — or been revived on — Route 66.

Text by Patricia Orsini | Photo editing by Mike Hipple
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Jan 29, 2013 11:42PM
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My wife and I drove in a Corvette Rally back in 1998.  We started in Kingman, Arizona and drove to Needles, California.  We met so many wonderful folks who were driving from Chicago and points west on good old Route 66.  They shared their memories and stories with us. 
Jan 29, 2013 11:18PM
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Again...In 1990 I had some businesses in Phoenix and decided to drive instead of flying. The reason, was that I had to go back and have again that "Nostalgic and Romantic Feeling of Freedom" I had when I rode my Triumph on "Route 66" in 1965. Well things have change a lot as many of you have indicated, but the people are Nice and Courteous with anybody who brings out past experiences in those areas. I am now 70 and hope to drive my Mercedes 560 SL all the way to Bakersfield where my son resides. ..and of course through "Route 66".    
Jan 29, 2013 10:50PM
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Many years ago when I returned from Vietnam and was assigned as a Platoon Leader at Fort Carson, I had the pleasure of going though Santa Fe with a couple of friends riding our motorcycles. I had and still own that Old 65 Triumph. One of my pals had a flat tire and we stayed at a hotel called "La Fonda" in the middle of the little plaza in Taos. The three of us paid 28 dollars for the night and we had a Hell of a Good Time! Later we continued to Albuquerque, Flagstaff, Kingman, Barstow, San Bernardino and finally Los Angeles. We then run out of time, fun and money and decided to put the "Bikes" on a freight train and took the plane back to Colorado. As long as you are alive...Do not phase it out... and   do it!!
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Rev, Kevin,M y wife and I stayed in Oatman (had a room in the hotel bar,)  Clark Gable stayed there on his honeymoon,, with Carole Lombard,  It is truly a ghost town,  Some people seemed to be hiding out there,  spooky.  Tom  ,in mich. and the wild burros came to town in the evening for handouts,, 
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Years ago, When I 40 opened up..  Rte 66  went into disrepair,  We drove it for several miles,  huge boulders blocked the road in spots, (Washed there by spring melt in the mountains,)  causing monster arroyo floods, (normally dry rivers in the summer desert heat.)   Talked to a guy who still owned a closed gas station, the day I 40opened, he closed the station  as all the traffic bypassed him.Thomcat..
Jan 29, 2013 8:47PM
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We drove the old Route 66 in 1961.  It cost 40 some dollars for gas and I still remember a lot of the trip. 
Jan 2, 2013 12:16PM
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In 1966 I purchased a new '66 Chevy Impala convertible, Navy blue, white top. Decided to make the trip from Toledo, Ohio to L.A.,California to visit family. From Chicago I did Rte 66, sections of which were newly developed  I-40. After dropping my girlfriend off to visit a friend in Denver I gave hitchhikers rides. On my return trip I again helped out hitchhikers. I realized many years later that I drove Rte 66 in 1966 with my '66 car. Now living in Las Vegas; maybe I should play that number. BTW, the following year on a whim I decided to do that trip again, only this time with a buddy; we still gave hitchhikers rides. Great memories!

Andy

 

Dec 2, 2012 8:16AM
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Winslow was never even close to being the biggest city in Arizona, until the fifties its population was less then 5,000 people far behind Phoenix, Tucson, Douglas, Mesa, Globe, Prescott, Bisbee, Yuma, Flagstaff, and even Nogales.
Nov 29, 2012 12:12PM
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It has been stripped of its name and is now known as the Barack Obama Historical Highway. A great tribute to a great man. No more of that old ways stuff. There are going to be hip hop joints all along the road. Poppin' caps at the tourists until they go away. Hallelujah for the welfare man!! Why hasn't MSN covered this story. All the way from Chicago to San Bernadino!!
Nov 29, 2012 11:59AM
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It's fun and it has class, every mile of it!  And if it attracts visitors in such numbers, more power to the local towns who support the businesses!

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