November 2, 2016

Surface Streets

Surface Streets

What I wrote about decommissioning Route 66 leads us to a discussion about surface streets.  Like most U.S. Highways, Route 66 (the former U.S. Highway 66) was never a freeway.  Today, sections of Route 66 are simply surface streets.

In cities like Chicago, St. Louis and Oklahoma City are examples where Route 66 is now just one of the streets in town.  Driving Route 66 through Pasadena, California, meant keeping my eyes open for street names.  Portions of it were marked with “Historic Route 66” signs in white and brown, but for the most part, sections looked like any other street in a Southern California city.

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Route 66 – Pasadena, California

Turns and Disconnects

When attempting to navigate Route 66 today one must watch for turns and disconnects.  Historic Route 66 can end, and then pickup later on the other side of town.  This is because when it was decommissioned, portions of Route 66 were completely removed and built over.

Some, I discovered, aren’t worth the drive to find.  Others, however, have you saying, “I’m glad I took time to find this!”

As Paul and Brent drive Route 66 they will let you know about those disconnects and you’ll be able to see for yourself whether it was worth the detour or not.

For Your Entertainment

Enjoy these four guys as they swing out on Route 66…

October 29, 2016

Decommissioning

Route 66 is a decommissioned U.S. Highway. Decommissioning a highway means it will no longer receive Federal funds for its maintenance. This is exactly what happened to Route 66 piece by piece.

Route 66 is a decommissioned U.S. Highway. Decommissioning a highway means it will no longer receive Federal funds for its maintenance. This is exactly what happened to Route 66 piece by piece.

Decommissioning

Route 66 is a decommissioned U.S. Highway.  Decommissioning a highway means it will no longer receive Federal funds for its maintenance.  This is exactly what happened to Route 66 piece by piece.

It was known as the Will Rogers Highway.  Kingman, Arizona, (a city on Route 66) was home to actor Andy Devine.  This was a very popular stretch of highway.

When they decommissioned it, some sections became “business loops” along Interstates.  Some were abandoned and left to decay.  Others were adopted by local states and counties.  For example, one section is California became State Route (SR) 66.  All of this makes it literally impossible to drive Route 66 from Chicago to L.A. as one contiguous section of road.

It is common to find abandoned equipment, buildings and automobiles along Route 66.  It is the Ghost Town of roads.

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Abandoned Truck

Used To Be

It is what used to be.  Along Route 66 are abandoned buildings too.   You can’t tell what some are, while others may be obvious.  Because of this,  be respectful and do not remove anything.  If you do, there will be nothing left for others to enjoy.

As we drive Route 66 we hope to identify what those buildings were.  If we find old pictures of before they were abandoned, we’ll see if we can use them.

Ukulele

October 28, 2016

Barbershop

My grandfather used to walk me to the barbershop. The barber pole outside the barbershop always intrigued me. I'd love watching it spin.

My grandfather used to walk me to the barbershop. The barber pole outside the barbershop always intrigued me. I'd love watching it spin.

Barbershop

My grandfather used to walk me to the barbershop.  The barber  pole outside the barbershop always intrigued me.  I’d love watching it spin.

It was a different era 50 years ago.  We had barber poles, oil in cans, pop sold in glass bottles, gas pumps that only delivered on grade of gasoline, and silly little signs along the road that told a joke.  (I’m talking about the Burma Shave signs.)

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Closeup of a Gas Pump

Only men went to barbershops, and women went to beauty salons.  You didn’t pump your own gasoline, and attendant did.  And, if you purchased a bottle of pop from a machine, you might get asked to finish it there so they could have the bottle back.  (Yes, we had bottle deposits back then.)

Route 66 is a journey down memory lane.

For Your Entertainment

Route 66 is even popular outside the U.S.A.  Here’s a great example…

October 27, 2016

Dancing

Whenever I think of Route 66 I will remember dancing with my daughter, Natalie, in the middle of Route 66 just outside Cool Springs, Arizona, on the way to Oatman. Nobody was on the road. It was off season, and we had people keeping their eyes out for cars coming.

Whenever I think of Route 66 I will remember dancing with my daughter, Natalie, in the middle of Route 66 just outside Cool Springs, Arizona, on the way to Oatman. Nobody was on the road. It was off season, and we had people keeping their eyes out for cars coming.

Dancing

Whenever I think of Route 66 I will remember dancing with my daughter, Natalie, in the middle of Route 66 just outside Cool Springs, Arizona, on the way to Oatman.  Nobody was on the road.  It was off season, and we had people keeping their eyes out for cars coming.

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Natalie and Me Dancing (John Kidd in the background)

I wouldn’t advise dancing in the middle of the street unless you take safety precautions.  (Which we did.)  The nice thing about Route 66 in off seasons is it is empty!

For safety reasons, whenever someone steps in to the street, make sure someone else is spotting.  Consequently, the spotter should give clear instructions to get off the road well in advance.  (And, I would NEVER do it on a multi-lane highway or boulevard.  )

Another thing to do is put your flashers on.  You might have people stop and ask, “Do you need help”, to which you simply smile and say, “Just taking a few pictures.”

The Dessert

The section where we stopped was in the Arizona desert just east of Pahrump, Nevada.  This is a beautiful section.  A winding road takes you to the top of a mountain where Oatman, Arizona, is situated.  This little mining town is a delightful place to visit, but most of all, it is a blast to the past.

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Outside Oatman, Arizona
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Oatman, Arizona, Main Street

For Your Entertainment

Who doesn’t like George Benson?  Here’s his rendition… time to get mellow…

October 26, 2016

Birthday Girl

I'm reminded of a birthday girl today. The first time I ever drove I think my daughter Crystali got as much of a kick as I did. We had visited the Grand Canyon, but I think she had more fun on Route 66 than she did at the canyon.

I'm reminded of a birthday girl today. The first time I ever drove I think my daughter Crystali got as much of a kick as I did. We had visited the Grand Canyon, but I think she had more fun on Route 66 than she did at the canyon.

Birthday Girl

I’m reminded of a birthday girl today.  The first time I ever drove  I think my daughter Crystali got as much of a kick as I did.  We had visited the Grand Canyon, but I think she had more fun on Route 66 than she did at the canyon.

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Oil Cans

She, and the other children, were surprised that oil came in cans (see above).  A spigot sat nearby.  I explained how it worked.  It was an example of why things like this are important.  Route 66 is part of history.

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Chicago to L.A.

Sponsorships

Sponsorships are available for any business, anywhere.    Watch our sample VLOG by clicking here.  If you want, we’ll even mention your city when we post about your business.

“A special thanks to Bay Photo Labs in Scotts Valley, California,” is an example of what we will say.

Displaying your logo on our web site with a link to your website will increase your website’s search engine optimization too.

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For Your Entertainment

Van Morrison sang Moondance back in the early 70s. It was one of my favorite songs.

I didn’t realize he also covered the Route 66 song.  Here’s a great rendition of the theme song…

October 25, 2016

Route 66 Museums

Route 66 Museums dot the road. Like Route 66 itself, these museums are dedicated to Americana. When driving Route 66 it is important to visit these museums. On one such trip, my wife and I visited one in San Bernardino.

Route 66 Museums dot the road. Like Route 66 itself, these museums are dedicated to Americana. When driving Route 66 it is important to visit these museums. On one such trip, my wife and I visited one in San Bernardino.

Route 66 Museums

Route 66 Museums dot the road.  Like Route 66 itself, these museums are dedicated to Americana.  When driving Route 66 it is important to visit these museums.

On one such trip, my wife and I visited one in San Victorville.

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California Route 66 Museum

Once inside we found all sorts of treasures.

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Trailer Inside the Museum

Many of these treasures were found along Route 66.  Some were found and restored, while others were in good enough shape to place on display.

Locations

There are many locations of museums along the way.  While I’ve only visited a few in California and Arizona, here are some other locations:  Berwyn, IL, Elk City, OK, Pontiac, IL, Litchfield, IL, Clinton, OK, Tucumcari, NM, and Barstow, CA, to name a few.

Paul and I plan to visit each one we find.

For Your Entertainment

Here’s Louis Prima… on of my favorite performers from the past.

October 24, 2016

Route 66 Sign

I'm watching a recent episode of Scorpion and what do I see? A route 66 sign! There, in the room, on a post was a Route 66 sign.

I'm watching a recent episode of Scorpion and what do I see? A route 66 sign! There, in the room, on a post was a Route 66 sign.

Route 66 Sign

I’m watching a recent episode of Scorpion and what do I see?  A route 66 sign!HL_00113_Route66

There, in the room, on a post was a Route 66 sign.   It didn’t surprise me.  Route 66 signs are symbols of Americana.  In fact, I have one in my studio on the wall.

I find myself seeing landmarks and I think, “That’s on Route 66!”  It goes to show I have Route 66 on my mind as we prepare for this tour.

In the last week I have had two people ask me when my Route 66 trip is.  It is September 2017.  It is just a little over 10 months away.

Planning

Planning is crucial.  Sponsors are crucial.  As we plan we will contact sponsors and ask for their support.

The big items we need are…

  • An automobile sponsor
  • Lodging sponsors
  • Dining sponsors

If you, or someone you know, works in these industries, let us know.  Or, you can grease the skids and let them know we’re looking for businesses to sponsor the trip by advertising with us.

For Your Entertainment

As a kid, I listened to Stan Kenton and Perry Como.  Here’s Perry Como’s version of the theme song…

The Author

These posts are written by D. Brent Walton, CPP, Cr.Photog.  Brent is owner of photography by db walton llc, and one of the two photographers on this tour.

October 22, 2016

Another Cool Shirt

Another Cool Shirt

Here’s another cool shirt with the Route 66 Photographers logo!  Perfect for driving Route 66 on those hot summer days.  Buy one and you’ll become part of this iconic venture.  You’ll be able to say, “I helped support this Route 66 Tour”.

Adidas Route 66 Photographers Shirt - Another Cool Shirt
Adidas Route 66 Photographers Shirt

Product Information

This silky, 100% polyester Adidas Embroidered Polo Shirt is ready for your customization. Featuring authentic Adidas branding such as contrast 3-stripe detailing, contrast piping, and open-hemmed sleeves, this custom polo also has large, flat-finished buttons, smooth neck taping, and a double stitched botton hem with side vents. The Adidas logo is heat sealed on the back neck. Partner your business or organization with one of the respected names in performance apparel for an affordable price.

Features Include:
– Moisture treated, hydrophillic finish
-Adidas contrast 3-stripe detail on sleeves, contrast piping on front and back sleeve seam
-Open-hemmed sleeves, a three-button placket with large flat-finished buttons, smooth neck taping and a double-needle stitched bottom hem with side vents
-Authentic Adidas heat seal logo on the back neck
AND Route 66 Photographers Logobuynow

Perfect For:
-Cruising Route 66

October 21, 2016

Cool Route 66 Shirt

Look at this cool Route 66 shirt! You can get this cool Route 66 shirt AND help support our 2017 tour.

Look at this cool Route 66 shirt! You can get this cool Route 66 shirt AND help support our 2017 tour.

Cool Route 66 Shirt

Look at this cool Route 66 shirt!  You can get this cool Route 66 shirt AND help support our 2017 tour.

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Eddie Bauer Shirt

Defend yourself from the sun, sweat and odors in our super lightweight, high-performance fishing shirt. This outdoor-ready style offers UPF 50+ protection and a moisture control system that actively moves moisture away from your body to keep you cool, dry and comfortable so you can focus on your catch of the day. Microban® technology minimizes odors. With a built-in rod holder, two large fly box pockets, and a secure vertical zip chest pocket, this shirt has everything but the actual fish. Whether you’re fishing or just enjoying the outdoors you will love the cape back with mesh ventilation which will keep you cool throughout the day.

Features include:buynow
– Dyed-to-match buttons
– Mesh ventilated cape back
– Eddie Bauer branded rod holder
– 2.3-ounce, 100% polyester ripstop
– Two large fly box pockets with hook and loop closures
– Utility loops on right pocket and under collar
– Hook and loop-fastened collar points
– Roll sleeves with button tabs
– Eddie Bauer branded buttons
AND a Route 66 Photographers LOGO

Other Designs

Other designs will be posted.  As they are made available.

 

October 20, 2016

Sample Video Blog

This post is a sample video blog entry. This is to give you an idea of what we will be posting as we drive Route 66. In this example, we are featuring only one sponsor, Bay Photo Labs, however the actual video blogs (vlogs) and blog entries will feature several.

This post is a sample video blog entry. This is to give you an idea of what we will be posting as we drive Route 66. In this example, we are featuring only one sponsor, Bay Photo Labs, however the actual video blogs (vlogs) and blog entries will feature several.

Sample Video Blog

This post is a sample video blog entry.  This is to give you an idea of what we will be posting as we drive Route 66.  In this example, we are featuring only one sponsor, Bay Photo Labs, however the actual video blogs (vlogs) and blog entries will feature several.

Route 31 – October 14th, 2016

Today Paul and Brent hit the Village of Palmyra, New York, on New York’s State Route 31.  If NY SR 31 is Western New York’s Main Street, then Palmyra is the hub.

Situated halfway along NY SR 31, Palmyra is known as the Queen of the Erie Canal.   This little village, founded in the late 1700s, became a bustling place in the 1820s because of the Erie Canal.

Main Street Palmyra (Route 31) intersections NY SR 21.  At that corner are 4 churches.  There is one on all 4 corners.  Guinness World Book of Records lists it as the only such intersection.

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Looking West on NY SR 31 (Four Churches, steeples, can be seen)

The Village Hall on Route 31 once featured an opera house.  Next door is the old firehouse, now a gift shop.  Across the street is Village Park.  Main Street Palmyra is beautiful with its 19th century buildings and charm.

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Village Hall (left) and Former Firehouse

Who Would Have Thought?

The crowning gem on Route 31 is the E.B. Grandin Building (aka The Book of Mormon Publication site).  Who would have thought in April, 1830, when this book was published it would be part of a world-wide religion of nearly 16 million members!

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Inside the Grandin Press Building

Paul and Brent stopped at an iconic location for lunch.  Mark’s Pizzeria, located at the east end of the business district on NY SR 31 in Palmyra, makes a great pizza.

Listen while Paul gives a little overview in today’s VLOG entry…

The pizza was great, the place is clean, and it has plenty of seating.  Sean, the manager, tended to the oven with the pizza peel (we learned a new word – peel – that big spatula they use to maneuver the pizza inside the oven.)  Paul and Brent posed for a quick picture.

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Brent (l) and Paul (r) at Mark’s Pizzeria, Palmyra, NY, NY SR 31

Thanks to…

Thanks to Bay Photo Labs for their sponsoring us.  Turn to Bay Photo Labs for all your printed product needs.

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