|Photos From Route 66 - America's Mother Road|
|Captured Images - Selected Images from the Gallery|
|Written by DustyReins|
|Monday, 16 February 2009 07:40|
US Route 66 has not been an officially designated highway in the United States since 1984. However, the popularity of America's Mother Road continues as many of the original sections of the highway have been designated as "Historic Route 66" in several of the eight states along the 2,000 mile plus roadway adventure. I have not traveled the whole route yet, but I have captured images from the sections in Texas and New Mexico with plans to add more states this year.
As the popular 1946 song by Bobby Troupe states, "Get your kicks . . . on Route 66!". See lyrics here.
As a long-time resident of Amarillo in the Texas Panhandle, I have observed the construction of Interstate 40 across the region and have seen most of the small communities originally served by Route 66 struggle to survive the era of super highway transportation. Thankfully, the revival of interest in America's Mother Road has done much to breath new life into small communities along the original 1926 alignments.
I have captured hundreds of images along I-40 in Texas through the years with no thought of their relationship to historic preservation of Route 66. I simply presumed the highway was gone, supplanted mostly by the Interstate highway system. I had no clear idea of how much of the original highway still exists until I came across the book, "EZ66 Guide for Travelers" by Jerry McClanahan. The discovery of this wonderful resource has stirred me to use the book as a resource to travel as much of the original highway as much as possible and preserve the images I discover along the way.
The photographs at the top of this page represent a random selection of images and video clips related to Route 66 from the Gallery. You can click on any of the Route 66 photographs on this page to see more images from each location or photo trip.
All the material in the Gallery so far is from the states of Texas and New Mexico with plans to cover more of the Mother Road during the spring and summer of 2009.
I have received new information about the "Bug Ranch" in Conway, TX and have worked up an article that attempts to preserve the story of the curious roadside attraction. The story will continue to develop as my research and perhaps help from you continues in the effort to discover the details.
This page and photographs in the Gallery will be updated as I get MY kicks on Route 66 and share them with you. Your comments are welcome!
|Last Updated on Monday, 08 June 2009 13:08|