Posts tagged The Mother Road

The Grapes of Wrath Filming Locations

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Beckham County Courthouse, US 66 – Sayre, Oklahoma

"The Grapes of Wrath" - Beckham County Courthouse, US 66 - Sayre, Oklahoma

Courthouse, Route 66 - Sayre, Oklahoma

US 66 west of Albuquerque, New Mexico

One day, I was watching The Grapes of Wrath and noticed that this particular view looked very familiar. I checked our Route 66 honeymoon photos from June 2002 and saw the 2nd photo below. I don’t think I could have taken the photo of the same location and had it match more perfectly with a printed screenshot with me! We took this photo without even knowing about this particular scene!

"The Grapes of Wrath" - US 66 west of Albuquerque, New Mexico

June 2002

Route 66 - West of Albuquerque, New Mexico

Trails Arch Bridge – Route 66, Topock, Arizona

"The Grapes of Wrath" - The Joads crossing the Trails Arch Bridge - Route 66, Topock, Arizona

2002. This bridge crossing on Route 66 from Topock, Arizona into California over the Colorado River was discontinued from traffic use in 1947. Today, it supports utility and gas lines.

Old Trails Arch Bridge - old Route 66 crossing into California

November 28, 2008: Route 66 (Day 2)

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This morning at the motel, I did searched geocaching.com for geocaches along Route 66, as well as back to Indianapolis. I just got a new GPS, a DeLorme PN-40, and was anxious to try it out. I hadn’t cached for a while, and was ready for some caching!

We left the motel and followed 66 through Rolla, where we found our first cache of the day, and our first in Missouri. We decided to stick with just one or two caches per hour so we could make it as far as Oklahoma City on this trip. We also wanted to get to Pop’s – a gas statiohn/ soda ranch / cafe that sells nearly every type of soda made. I recently saw a brand of soda, Olde Brooklyn, with flavors named after New York City boroughs / neighborhoods, like Bay Ridge Birch, Flatbush orange, Coney Island Cream Soda, etc. Pop’s sells it, so I know I’ll be picking up a lot of soda here! I also haven’t had Route 66 Root Beer in a while and it’s very good!

We slowly meandered our way on 66 through Missouri. For as many times as we have been through Missouri, I hadn’t stopped to take a photo of this A & W Root Beer Burger Family…not this time!

A & W Burger Family - on Route 66 near Dillon, Missouri

I also hadn’t stopped by the remains of the old Stony Dell Resort before, or at least, taken photos. Also picked up a cache here too!

Remains of the Stony Dell Resort - Route 66, Newburg, Missouri

We found several more caches along the way near Devil’s Elbow as well as one when we made our usual stop at Wrink’s Market in Lebanon for a drink and a snack (homemade cookies! mmmm). We talked a little with Terry Wrinkle, son of original owner, Glenn Wrinkle. As is becoming our trend, we also stopped at Redmon’s Candy factory in Phillipsburg.

Redmon's Candy Factory - Phillipsburg, Missouri

They sell homemade fudge, chocolates, taffy and a variety of hard candy that you can mix & match. They also have all types of new and old novelty candy like pop rocks, wax bottles, candy cigarettes, etc. We took 66 through Springfield and found a cache on the east end of town near the old Holiday Drive-in. Another place we hadn’t stopped to take a photo before!

Holiday Theater - Route 66, Springfield, Missouri

We continued on 66 through Carthage, Carterville, Webb City, and Joplin. In Carthage, we noticed the HISTORIC 66 sign installed by Rod Harsh, who ran a Route 66 Visitor’s Center in an old filling station in Carterville, Missouri. Rod had a “sign the route” project, and we donated $25, which made this sign installation possible.

HISTORIC 66 Turn Sign - Carthage, Missouri

Outside of Joplin we took an old alignment of 66 into Galena, Kansas.

Route 66 - Galena, Kansas

We thought about stopping to eat a newer place in Galena called “4 Women on the Route” but it was closed (probably due to the holidays). It’s a neat new addition to Route 66. They have a cafe & gift shop and two interesting photo ops-one is a rusty old tow truck. Why on earth you ask would a rusty old tow truck be a photo op? Well, old cars, whether rusty or restored, are always cool subjects. But this particular tow truck was the inspiration for the Pixar animators to create Tow Mater for Cars. A set of eyes added to the windshield and there you have him! Unfortunately, despite the fact that these ladies possess the actual inspiration for Mater, complex legalities prevent Disney’s legal team from allowing them to refer to the truck as Tow Mater, so they named him Tow Tater instead. I suspect that many children unknowing or caring of such legalities & whose minds soak up every detail regularly make the necessary correction. We arrived at Eisler Bros. a short time before closing.

Eisler Bros. Old Riverton Store - Route 66, Riverton, Kansas

We picked up a couple of Route 66 books – the 2nd volume of David Wickline’s “Images of 66″ and the 2nd edition of Jerry McClanahans amazing, “EZ66 Guide.” Don’t travel 66 without McJerry’s book. It’s an absolute must-have for any trip on 66. Here’s an endorsement…since we were originally heading to Atlanta, once we decided to take 66, I lamented about not having McJerry’s guide with us. As soon as I saw the updated 2nd edition, I immediately said we MUST get it! The EZ66 guide aids travelers in navigating Route 66. Excellent maps, very accurate and detailed without being TOO detailed and cumbersome, are provided along with EZ turn by turn directions. This guide is so well done, I dare say it’s darn near perfect. He gives the novice 66 travelers an EZ way of traveling the route seeing sights along the way, without bogging you down in details but yet remaining accurate with the explicit caveat that the route does change over time, traffic conditions, detours, etc.).

With late fall trips come early sunsets and sunset fell quickly as entered Commerce, Oklahoma.

Sunset - Route 66, Commerce, Oklahoma

Pat and I both had the same thought about dinner: Waylan’s Ku-Ku Burger! Great hamburgers and crushed ice…and a great neon sign at dusk! It was a little (only just a little) past the ideal time I like to shoot neon, but still enough ambient light to get a good shot.

Waylan's Ku-Ku Burger - Route 66, Miami, Oklahoma

We ended up in Stroud, and thought we’d check out the Skyliner Motel. After looking at a room, we decided to stay.

Skyliner Motel - Route 66, Stroud, Oklahoma

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November 27, 2008: Route 66 (Day 1)

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We woke up this morning intending to head south to Georgia. After a last check of the weather we noticed the forecast had worsened. The chance for rain increased significantly, and since I had a specific purpose for this trip mostly involving outdoor photography, it was not something I wanted to do in the rain. We struggled between wanting to go and whether or not to trust the forecast. We could go somewhere else with a better forecast or not go at all. Pat hinted at going west on 66 since we hadn’t done that in a while. He’s very indecisive, as readers of his blog know from his recent post. We didn’t have enough time for him to put up a poll on his blog to decide where to go, so he let Amber decide. He wrote 3 options on bottle caps: go to Georgia as planned, take Route 66 west as far as we could go, or stay home, and geocache locally. Whichever cap she picked was what we’d do, and she picked geocaching.

Since we now had no time constraints, I watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with Amber & plotted a couple of Indiana cache routes with my new DeLorme Topo 7 software. I also played with transferring waypoints to my new GPS, a DeLorme PN-40. So once I did that and the parade ended, I asked Pat about heading out. Then Pat says, “Wanna go to Atlanta?” So much for the written in stone bottle cap selection.  I’m game to try it, so I finished packing, said goodbye to Amber and off we went.

We figured by this late hour, we’d have to superslab most of the trip, so we could get to our destination at a reasonable hour the next day. It was especially important, since the forecast called for some showers building late Friday and Saturday was looking like a total washout. As we headed south on I-65, I started feeling some negative road karma, but while I didn’t want to go home, I really didn’t want to deal with rain. I also didn’t feel like having to superslab the trip in a hurry, and I thought that by the time we’d get to Atlanta, I’d only have a small window of “cloudy” weather with rain closing in. At best, I’d have to rush around taking my photographs before rain set in, and at worst it would be raining. So I said to Pat, “Let’s go on 66 instead!” So we cut across town to I-70 and started our journey west.

After we crossed into Illinois, we took US 40, only taking the evil-I into St. Louis. Sunset on US 40 in Illinois We exited at Hampton Road and took 66 partly through town. By now, Ted Drewes is in “Christmas tree selling” mode. We passed by Crestwood Bowl, of which I haven’t had the chance to take a photo until now.

Crestwood Bowl Neon Sign - St. Louis, Missouri

On Chippewa, there was a Shell station with unleaded gas for 1.33! We took the Interstate from the west side of town to Eureka, then took 66 until Stanton. At that point, we got back onto the Interstate. We thought we might make it as far as Rolla where there are plenty of lodging choices. We passed by Finns Motel in St. James and decided to check it out. The price was reasonable the room was clean and they had WiFi so we opted to stay.

We didn’t get much sleep the night before and I was fairly exhausted so I fell asleep right away.

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Michael Wallis Booksigning at Hit the Road Travel Store

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On June 21, 2001, I had the pleasure of attending a reading and booksigning by Michael Wallis of the updated version of his wonderful book, Route 66: The Mother Road. The updated version was done for the 75th Anniversary of Route 66 (and the entire U.S. Highway System, for that matter).

The booksigning was held at a very cool travel store called Hit the Road. Unfortunately, it closed several years ago. I shopped there alot to try to support the efforts of the two owners, Annice Tatken and Maureen Geoghegan.

I had the pleasure of meeting again (or for the first time) many roadies whom I would see often over the years: Johnny Miller, Lulu, and Bob Harmon.

I was completely blown away by the power of his speaking in person. I had, of course, seen his video many times over the years, and which was the inspiration for my own Route 66 journey. It was a pleasure meeting Michael and Suzanne for the first time.

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