Thursday, April 26, 2012

Historic Route 66

 Yesterday, Joe and I took historic route 66 to Vega, TX. It is about a 30 minute ride from Amarillo.  Route 66 stops in Vega and I am not sure where it picks up again. At the end of the route in Vega is Dot's Mini Museum. Dot's museum is an informal collection of Mother Road odds and ends accumulated by Dot Leavitt over the course of many years of living and working alongsideRoute 66.
Dot's Mini Muiseum...

Standing along Route 66 west of Amarillo, Cadallac Ranch was invented and built by a group of art-hippies from San Francisco. They called themselves the Ant Farm, and their silent partner was Amarillo billionaire Stanley Marsh 3. He wanted a piece of public art that would baffle the locals, and the hippies came up with a tribute to the evolution of the Cadillac tail fin.

Ten cadies were driven into one of Mr. Marsh's fields, then half-buried nose-down. They faced west in a line from the 1949 Club Sedan to the 1963 Sedan de Ville, their tail fins held high for all to see. That was in 1974. Decades have passed, the cars have been stripped by visitors and today, the smell of spray paint hits you from yards away. Tourists are always welcome. If you bring spray paint, make sure you also bring your camera. Because what ever you create at Cadallac Ranch will probablly only last a few hours.  

Downtown Amarillo...we passed by here headed to historic Amarillo.

Historic Amarillo is on 6th Ave. between Georgia St. and Western St.

This is the entrance to the historic Route 66 in downtown Amarillo. 100 plus home grown, home owned antique shopd, bars and restaurants are nestled inside quaint architecturally unique buildings whose frontage is lined by trees, vintage lighting, and cobble stone sidewalks.  We had lunch at the Golden Light Cafe. Best hamburger and fries EVER.  It opened in 1946 and is still serving food today! 

1 comment:

  1. I love the Cadallac Ranch. Scott and I are hoping to drive on some of Route 66.