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    Route 66 trips

    For me, Chicago to OKC is a bit too long for one day--I'd stop in Tulsa. And as much as I enjoy Flagstaff, I'd stop in Winslow instead and spend the night at the classic La Posada Fred Harvey railroad hotel there.
  2. David Lynch's "Lost Highway", 1997.
  3. Thank you, Dave! Did not see any peacocks. Just one resident dog and two resident cats. No ghost cats, although there is supposedly one 'haunting' the hotel, along with an adult male ghost and a juvenile female ghost. I slept like a log, but my travel companion did not! After I got home i learned that the Amargosa is supposedly one of the 'most haunted' hotels in the Us, for what that's worth. I'm not sure how long it has been since the Hotel re-opened, but I hope the owners can make a success of it. They were nearly full the two nights we were there, with many foreign tourists. About half of the building has not been renovated, as the 18 rooms open all have private baths and the closed-off rooms do not. Our tour of the Opera House ($5 donation) was well worth it. It is amazing inside, and we were treated to a two-song piano concert by a concert pianist who happened to be visiting that day. He used to play for Marta there when she did her shows, which ended in 2012. I would love to revisit in the future.
  4. It definitely is! And from an old roads perspective, the drive south from DV Jct. to the 'big town' of Shoshone (pop. 31 per the town sign) is also interesting, as one has the abandoned railroad track bed on the left (east) side of CA 127 and and recurring bits of the old, narrower road alignment to the right. If lucky one might see wild mustangs!
  5. Just returned from a week-long trip through four of California's iconic National Parks (Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Yosemite, and Death Valley) and the Mojave National Preserve. One of the highlights of the week was spending two nights at the wonderful Amargosa Hotel and Opera House in the near-ghost town of Death Valley Junction, resident population 3 in winter, 1 in summer. Others commute from Amargosa Valley or Pahrump NV. The history of this town, which was originally a rail junction and is still a road junction (CA state routes 190 and 127), is too long to go into here but is fascinating, if one wishes to look it up. The name of dancer/actress/artist Marta Becket figures prominently in the town's history and why there is still a functioning opera house in a town that for all intents and purposes has ceased to exist. Highly recommend the hotel to anyone planning to visit the Death Valley area. Enjoy some photos of the hotel and surrounding structures: Former garage and gas station across the highway from the hotel. The hotel and opera house at sunrise.
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    Antique fair find

    It's 1934. And the western terminus of 66 is in Los Angeles, hard to tell exactly where. The Los Angeles city map in the back is stingy with US highway shields. The farthest west 66 shield shown is in Monrovia. Also interesting is that California is one of the few states that did not by that time have a numbered state highway system. Only US routes are shown on the combined California/Nevada map, and now California state shield is shown for reference, unlike nearly all other states. The variety of state highway shields is amazing! Arizona's had a 'backwards' swastika on theirs, which was a Navajo symbol before that idiot in Germany ruined it forever. You can see ti above, inside of the arrowhead, which in turn is inside of the detailed state outline. Current AZ shield is a very simplified and 'stylized' rendering of our state's shape.
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    Antique fair find

    1934 Rand McNally road atlas, good shape, all pages, only five bucks! Hours and hours of old road enlightenment here. Below are the front and back covers, my state, and my local area:
  8. Minor correction: The correct name of the national park is Petrified Forest National Park. The Painted Desert itself occupies the northern third or so of the park, and extends outside the park boundaries to east, north, and west. The entire park is a wonderful place.
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    US 56: Kansas-Oklahoma-New Mexico

    The Great Plains--US 56 heading pretty much straight-arrow to the southwest through southwest Kansas, the Oklahoma 'panhandle', and northeastern New Mexico. Came within a few miles of the southeast corner of Colorado and right after crossing from Oklahoma into New Mexico (the shortest state-to-state land border in the US, BTW) we were close enough to the northwest corner of Texas to spit into it!
  10. Just saw the sad news that the historic summit Inn restaurant at the Cajon Pass summit in California has been totally destroyed by the current wildfire. If anyone has more details, or pictures, please post.
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    Butte, Montana On The Yellowstone Trail

    Great pictures! Only been to Butte one time (1999), and for way too short of a visit, but I loved it. Seems so 'authentic', not fancified for tourists and rich visitors.
  12. Took the Alaska Railroad from Anchorage to Fairbanks, with a two-night stopover in Denali National Park, in the summer of 2010, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Still more of a car/plane guy than a train guy, but an overnight train trip is something I would like to experience when I have the time (come on, retirement!). I think cross-country might be a big too long, but I'd love to do the Canadian rail trip between Vancouver and Calgary, or v.v., across the Rockies.
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    Sounds Of Drag Strip Engines!

    Have not heard of that particular LP, but it sounds like a small label's response to "Big Sounds Of The Drags!", an LP of dragstrip audio that was released on Capitol Records in late 1963 and reached #27 on the "Billboard" album chart in early 1964.
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    A Family Legacy In Car/travel Pictures

    Enjoyed it very much! The 'then-and-now' feature is outstanding. Thanks for posting them.
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    Brick Lh, Ligonier, In

    That piece of road is in amazingly good shape for a 101-year-old! I'd love to see it if I ever get up to the top half of Indiana--I visit frequently but always to the bottom half.