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During my Route 66 trip in 2008, I shot about five hours of video and edited it into this five-minute film, which won second place at the First Person Impressions national film competition.  See how many sights you can name!

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The border town of Glenrio, Texas went dark when 66 moved north to bypass on better road.  It is the start of a long dirt stretch to San Jon, New Mexico.  In addition to a long-closed diner and service station, the long-abandoned Texas Longhorn Motel (which also featured a cafe and service station), had a sign boasting its status –  First Motel in Texas and Last Motel in Texas, depending on which side of the Texas border you are on.

Just left of the Texas Longhorn is the ruin of an old bar.  Glenrio was a dry town, but one could literally step next door, across the New Mexico border, for a drink.

Along the dirt alignment, a few miles from Glenrio, lies all that remains of Endee – a couple of cabins and an outhouse labeled “Modern Restrooms.”  Huh.

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Cadillac Ranch

The Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo defies comment.  See for yourself. 

Cadillacs. 

Cow pasture. 

Graffiti. 

Groovy.

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Groom, Texas is a lonely town, which is why it’s an odd place for the 190-foot Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the largest free-standing cross not in Texas… not in the United States… but in the entire Western Hemisphere.

Beneath the cross are the various stations of the cross in sculpture (well done, I must say), as well as a replica of the Tomb, a sculpted Ten Commandments, a replica of the Shroud of Turin, and a Last Supper with Judas missing, where one can sit at the table in his place.

Wow.  I guess that the cross wasn’t enough.

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Worth noting are two service stations along the way.  Lucille’s, between Hydro and Weatherford. Oklahoma, is one of the earliest forms of gas stations, with the owner’s house literally over the pumps below.  Lucille Hamond, who died in 2000, lived here for decades, raised her family in the house and operated small tourist cabins adjacent.

In Alanreed, Texas, a vintage “Super 66” service station sits beside the road, with pumps available to drivers on two sides. 

I rather enjoyed this bit of Spanish tile deco in the middle of nowhere.

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Beware the Jericho Gap

All that remains of Jericho, Texas is a decayed motel along an old dirt alignment of Route 66.  Between this and Groom lies the infamous Jericho Gap, a section of road that turned to thick, black mud in the rain.  Farmers would earn money pulling automobiles from the mire with tractors.

Tour books advised against traveling Jericho Gap (especially when wet), but we threw caution to the wind with clear skies ahead.  Very pastoral, and not much to see.

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Devil’s Rope

McLean Texas is host to the Devil’s Rope Museum, to my knowledge the only museum in existence dedicated to Barbed Wire.  There were hundreds of styles of barbed wire, augers, crimping tools, and posts on display. 

As if that wasn’t enough, there was also a display of cattle brands used in Texas since the 1800’s.  That’s right – who the brand belonged to, and when and where that brand was sold or merged to another cattle company.

As quirky as all of this sounds, if you’re ever in McLean, you HAVE to see this place!  It’s fascinating!  Admission is free, but leave a donation.

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