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Route 66 - The Mother Road
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Traveling along Route 66 is a wonderful experience; our goal is to capture what makes it special. One of the great features of driving the Route is seeing period Americana (American culture), items from the 1920s thru 1980s. Also along the path are things that are distinctive and can't be seen anywhere else or are of significant interest and worthy of being called out. Lastly there are important markers along the path of Route 66 that should be seen. Done right, you'll experience Route 66 here!!
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What Makes a Good Waymark?

Noted Route 66 author Jerry McClanahan calls Route 66, "The legendary emblem of 20th century roadside America." In this Waymarking category, that's the spirit we're trying to capture. The ordinary is not welcome here.

So what qualifies? Well, generally speaking it's something that captures the distinct culture of the period when Route 66 flourished, 1926 to 1984. A classic motor hotel, a diner, or maybe a curio shop.

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It could also be something that really stands out as significant along the route. Roadside art, Route 66 museums or decommissioned bridges would all qualify.

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Then there are those progress markers or memorials such as the Route 66 midpoint sign, or a Roy Roger Dedication plaques, or the Mojave Desert plaques. Any of these would also be welcome here.

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An example of something that would not be acceptable is a church which happened to have been built along Route 66 during the period but which is not Americana nor otherwise significant. It could be a modern building or a gothic structure but neither would qualify.

History of Route 66

U.S. Route 66 was pieced together in 1926 from existing trails and paths to complete a span of road which ran from Chicago, IL to Santa Monica, CA. This "Main Street of America" spanned three time zones, crossed eight States, and covered more than 2,000 miles. It was the country's first two lane road to connect the shores of Lake Michigan to the the palisades of the Pacific Ocean.

Over time its popularity grew. Early on it was an escape path for midwesterners fleeing the horrors of the dust bowl years. After WWII, the route was driven by young war veterans wanting to head West to seek their fortunes. The 1946 song "Get Your Kicks on Route 66" inspired renewed interest in the road for vacations as did the 1960 show "Route 66". It grew to become the prominent East-West thoroughfare until it slowly became eclipsed by the Interstate Highway System.

Though it was decertified as an official U.S. highway in 1985, an interesting thing has happened. Unlike other historic trails which disappeared from everywhere but written memory, Route 66 has experienced a resurgence of interest. Associations in each State continue to promote Route 66. Books, articles, and other print media continue to reflect positively on its history. Even movies themed on Route 66 have been successful, "Cars" by Pixar Studios being the most prominent example. The result is a resurgence of interest and tourism along the path of Route 66.

About 85 percent of Route 66 can still be traveled in one form or another. Much of what was not absorbed into the Interstate Freeway System remains undisturbed by modernization. This results in absolutely special icons from the past remaining viewable for those who are looking for them.

Traveling Route 66 is like a treasure hunt where you are constantly discovering gems!

Instructions for Posting a Route 66 - The Mother Road Waymark:

Pictures of icons found along Route 66 which are either culturally important, distinctive, or of significant interest. Waymarkers from along any segment of Route 66's history (from 1926 to 1985) are valid.

Submissions to this category must be found along Route 66 and must be judged as acceptable by qualifying for at least one of these three criteria:

Does it represent period culture?

Is it distinctive or of significant interest?

Is it an important milestone or marker?

In addition, at least one picture and its GPS coordinates are essential for submission. We appreciate having a web link and a physical address, but these are optional. Lastly, please respect the rights of authors and photographers. If you are using third party materials and you want your waymarker to be accepted in this category then please mention your source.

Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
To log a Visit, please make every effort to supply an image of yourself at the site. The standard GPS photo may be used as well, or even just an image that you took when you visited the location. If you do not have the option to provide an image, please provide a detailed description of your visit so we can form a 'mental image'.
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Route 66 - The Mother RoadRoute 66 (Topock-Oatman-Kingman) - AZ

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An old section of Route 66 between Kingman and Topock through Oatman.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

location: Arizona

date approved: 2/28/2012

last visited: 2/13/2015

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadOld Trails Arch Bridge

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Built in 1919, this is the original crossing of Route 66. Abandoned in 1945 when Route 66 was relocated north to the Red Rock bridge. The arch bridge now carries a natural gas pipeline.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member leadhiker

location: California

date approved: 6/18/2010

last visited: 2/13/2015

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadVehicle Photo Frame ~ Topock, Arizona, USA.

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A giant Route 66 State highway shield, give's you the opportunity to get your Kodak moment on The Mother Road, with your 66 tripping transport. My Jeep or a RV could fit in this photo frame, Located near the Californian border in Topock. Arizona.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: Arizona

date approved: 2/15/2015

last visited: 2/15/2014

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadHistoric Route 66 - Back Country Byway - Arizona, USA.

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'Back Country Byway' & 'Historic Route 66' - An interpretive & information shelter, located just North of Toprock on the road climb from the Mohave Dessert, up to the Black Mountains at Oatman, along the Main Road of America through Arizona.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: Arizona

date approved: 2/12/2015

last visited: 2/12/2015

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Route 66 - The Mother Road.Welcome Wagon ~ Route 66 ~ Needles, California, USA.

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This "Welcome Wagon" is located on Old Route 66 on the east side of Town as you enter Needles, California.

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location: California

date approved: 2/13/2015

last visited: 2/13/2015

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Route 66 - The Mother Road66 Motel - Needles, California, USA.

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The tiny '66 Motel' built in 1947 is one of numerous Mother Road businesses which have taken the name of the Historic Route 66 highway in its heyday. Located in Needles, California.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: California

date approved: 2/13/2015

last visited: 2/13/2014

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadNeedles Route 66 Sign

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This sign is located on the northwest corner of G Street and Broadway Street in downtown Needles, California.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member brwhiz

location: California

date approved: 8/24/2013

last visited: 2/12/2015

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadNeedles El Garces Train Station

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One of the grandest Harvey House Hotel, Restaurant & Santa Fe Train Stations.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member leadhiker

location: California

date approved: 12/11/2010

last visited: 6/14/2007

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadRoute 66 Mural Map - Needles CA

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A small mural along a wall that faces Route 66 in Needles.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: California

date approved: 2/18/2015

last visited: never

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadWagon Wheel Restaurant - Route 66 - Needles, California, USA.

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Wagon Wheel Restaurant a favourite since the 50's with locals, truckers, & Mother Road Trippers. Located alongside Historic Route 66 in Needles, California.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: California

date approved: 2/18/2015

last visited: 2/18/2014

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadHistoric Route 66 ~ National Back Country Byway

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This stretch of Historic Route 66 is one of the sections designated a National Back Country Byway.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member brwhiz

location: Arizona

date approved: 6/24/2011

last visited: 2/11/2015

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadOatman Hotel ~ Route 66 ~ Arizona, USA.

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The Oatman Hotel (former Durlin Hotel) a listed NHRP building. Located in a town where Donkeys rule, & lives in the past, with Burros, Gold mines, Jackasses, saloons, rickety wooden walkways, & old prospectors mules. This is Oatman, Arizona.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: Arizona

date approved: 2/16/2015

last visited: 2/16/2015

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadOatman, AZ

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A small mining 'ghost' town on historic Route 66, north of Topock (and I40), south of Kingman.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

location: Arizona

date approved: 2/28/2012

last visited: 2/11/2015

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadCool Springs Cabins

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Cool Spring Cabins is a restored gas station turned souvenier shop along Route 66 on the eastern slopes of the Black Mountains as you ascend toward Oatman, AZ and Needles, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member TravisGood

location: Arizona

date approved: 3/17/2007

last visited: 2/11/2015

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadGoffs Schoolhouse

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Goffs Schoolhouse operated from 1914 to 1937, was restored in 1998, and was recently added to the National Historic Register.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member TravisGood

location: California

date approved: 3/17/2007

last visited: 2/13/2015

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadThe Powerhouse

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The Powerhouse, home of the Route 66 Museum, is located at 120 W Andy Devine Avenue in Kingman Arizona.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member brwhiz

location: Arizona

date approved: 11/28/2012

last visited: 4/11/2015

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadMr. D'z Route 66 Diner - Kingman, AZ

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Mr. D’z started as a Kingman Cafe in the 1930s and was a Kimo Shell station for a time. Currently it is a family-owned diner that was ranked #2 in the state by Arizona Highways in 2009. It was also visited by Oprah Winfrey on her road trip in 2006.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DopeyDuck

location: Arizona

date approved: 4/7/2010

last visited: 2/10/2015

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadLocomotive Park - Route 66 - Kingman, Arizona, USA

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Locomotive Park - A Veteran Memorial park that gets its name from a Santa Fe, Steam Locomotive that dominates this small strip park between Beale Street and Andy Devine Avenue in Kingman, Arizona.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: Arizona

date approved: 2/12/2015

last visited: 2/12/2015

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadRailroad Museum - Route 66 - Kingman, Arizona, USA.

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Santa Fe Railroad Depot & Amtrak Station - The now restored NHRP listed Santa Fe Station in downtown Kingman has been repurposed as a Railroad Museum. If your interested in trains & locomotives this is also a great location for rail fanning.

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location: Arizona

date approved: 2/12/2015

last visited: 2/12/2015

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadSiesta Motor Court - Kingman, Arizona

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The Siesta was once a hotel, but is now apartments and kitchenettes.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member GT.US

location: Arizona

date approved: 9/25/2010

last visited: 3/4/2014

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadMojave Desert "Route 66" Roadside Exhibit

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A roadside exhibit along Route 66 in the Mojave Desert which commemorates aspects of the road through the desert.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member TravisGood

location: California

date approved: 3/16/2007

last visited: 4/7/2013

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadOld Route 66 - Chambless, CA

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This Route 66 Marker is also an E Clampus Vitus plaque in the ghost town of Chambless.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DopeyDuck

location: California

date approved: 1/18/2009

last visited: 5/25/2014

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadRoad Runner's Retreat - Route 66 - Chambless, California, USA.

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West of Chambless on 66, you will see what's left of a Vintage Neon Sign & the buildings of the 1932, 'Road Runner's Retreat' which once provided a welcome respite during the long hot drive across the Mojave Desert, on the Mother Road.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: California

date approved: 12/17/2014

last visited: 5/25/2014

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadHackberry General Store - Hackberry, AZ

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The Hackberry General Store is an eclectic goldmine for any Route 66, old sign, and local roadside history lover. Be sure to plan for an extra long visit to look around and chat with the friendly owners and their dogs.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DopeyDuck

location: Arizona

date approved: 4/21/2010

last visited: 5/23/2014

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Route 66 - The Mother RoadRanchero Motel - Antares, AZ

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The old Ranchero Motel, has also been called the Kozy Corner Trailer Court and the "place with the Tiki Head", but with its googie architecture and kitchy style, this roadside stop will always be a part of Route 66 history.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DopeyDuck

location: Arizona

date approved: 4/17/2010

last visited: 5/24/2014

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