GET YOUR KICKS ON ROUTE 66 PART FOUR – January 3, 2013 AND January 4, 2013 – TEXAS
Route 66 in Texas is a short, but interesting run.
Only in Texas – A TRIBUTE TO BARBED WIRE
Mclean Texas is also home to the First Phillips 66 Gas Station in Texas, built in 1929.
The tilted water tower “Britten USA” in Groom, TX was the inspiration of Ralph Britten who purchased the water tower and had it installed Pisa-style as an attention-getter. It worked!
Outside of Amarillo TX you will see Cadillac Ranch which is visible from HWY 40. While I do not consider this a landmark of Route 66; and while I do not consider it “ART”, you will find it in virtually every book and blog on Route 66 and I do recognize that ART is in the eye of the beholder.
Cadillac Ranch is comprised of ten junker Cadillacs buried nose-down in a dusty farm field. Visitors bring their spray paint cans to the “Ranch” and paint (personalize) the Cadillacs. Unfortunately, even though large garbage containers are present at the entrance, visitors toss their paint cans into the surrounding field of just drop them where they emptied them. Sad!
Most of the historic sites in Texas have disappeared, but the most important one still stands. After spending the night in Amarillo we reached the Midpoint Cafe in Adrian TX before dawn. If one had traveled from Chicago and was headed to the end – Santa Monica CA they would have gone 1,139 miles and would have 1,139 miles left to go to reach the end of Route 66.