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Route 66 Roadside Attractions Historical Markers

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By Jason Voigt, March 1, 2022
Museum Club, Flagstaff, Arizona Marker
1Arizona (Coconino County), Flagstaff — Museum Club, Flagstaff, Arizona — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Beneath the inverted, forked ponderosa entryway awaits an adventure in pioneer history, country-western legends and ghost stories - one of northern Arizona's liveliest landmarks since 1931. Recognized by Hampton Hotels Save-A-Landmark . . . Map (db m192855) HM
2Arizona (Coconino County), Winslow — Meteor City Trading Post, Winslow, Arizona — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
A Route 66 icon since the 1940's. Meteor City Trading Post is home to the "World's Longest Map of Route 66." Recognized by Hampton Hotels Save-A-Landmark program as a site worth seeingMap (db m194738) HM
3Arizona (Mohave County), Kingman — The Powerhouse, Kingman, Arizona — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
The Powerhouse, Arizona's oldest known reinforced concrete industrial building, generated electricity from 1909 to 1938. After serving as a substation and later a recycling center, it was renovated to its current use and condition in 1997 by the . . . Map (db m193159) HM
4Arizona (Mohave County), Oatman — Gold Mining Ghost Town, Oatman, Arizona — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
This turn of the century gold mining camp was on the original road through the Black Mountains and eventually became Route 66. Burrows came with the miners and still roam the streets today. Get you Kicks on Route 66 in Arizona.Map (db m188974) HM
5Arizona (Navajo County), Joseph City — Jack Rabbit Trading Post, Joseph City, AZ — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Opened in 1949, tourists were drawn to stop and see what "here it is" was all about. Their marketing campaign placed mileage signs along the highway counting down the distance to the oversized jackrabbit.Map (db m192859) HM
6Arizona (Navajo County), Winslow — La Posada Hotel, Winslow, Arizona — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Mary Colter's masterpiece, La Posada was one of the last great railroad hotels and known as one of the fanciest on Route 66. Recognized by Hampton Hotels Save-A-Landmark program as a site worth seeingMap (db m192857) HM
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7Arizona (Navajo County), Winslow — Standin' on the Corner Park, Winslow, Arizona — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
This area was dedicated on September 11, 1999 as a tribute to the memorable song of the 1970's that made Winslow, Arizona a town to sing about on famous Route 66.Map (db m36329) HM
8Arizona (Yavapai County), Peach Springs — Grand Canyon Caverns, Peach Springs, Arizona — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
An Arizona natural wonder in continuous operation since 1927. Recognized by Hampton Hotels Save-A-Landmark program as a site worth seeingMap (db m194739) HM
9Arizona (Yavapai County), Seligman — Delgadillo's Snow Cap — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Juan Delgadillo built the now famous Snow Cap in Seligman, Arizona in 1953 out of scrap lumber.Map (db m119929) HM
10Arizona (Yavapai County), Seligman — Delgadillo's Snow Cap, Seligman, Arizona — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
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11California (San Bernardino County), Amboy — Route 66, Amboy, California — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Founded in 1858, Amboy provided a vital rest stop for weary sun drenched travelers seeking a better life in California. Amboy owned and operated by Juan Pollo restaurantsMap (db m193157) HM
12California (San Bernardino County), Barstow — Barstow, California — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
One of the finest surviving examples of California's depot-hotels built around the turn of the 19th century. It's also home to the Route 66 "Mother Road" Museum and the Western American Railroad Museum (W.A.R.M.). Recognized by Hampton . . . Map (db m193156) HM
13California (San Bernardino County), Goffs — Goffs Schoolhouse — Route 66 Roadside Attraction — Essex, California —
The Goffs Schoolhouse served this highway, railway, ranching and mining community from 1914 to 1937. It was restored in 1998 and is now listed on the National Historic Register. Recognized by Hampton Hotels Save-A-Landmark program as a . . . Map (db m194736) HM
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14California (San Bernardino County), Needles — Needles El Garces Train Station, Needles, California — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Formerly one of the grandest Harvey House Hotel, Restaurant & Santa Fe Train Stations. The hotel and restaurant were open from 1908 to 1949. The train station closed in 1988. Recognized by Hampton Hotels Save-A-Landmark program as a site . . . Map (db m33445) HM
15California (San Bernardino County), Newberry Springs — Bagdad Cafι, Newberry Springs, California — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Originally built in the 1950s, this world-famous restaurant was the location of the 1988 film, "Bagdad Cafι," which became the new name of the restaurant in 1995.Map (db m160081) HM
16California (San Bernardino County), Rancho Cucamonga — Magic Lamp Inn — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
The Magic Lamp Inn has been a dining tradition on Route 66 since 1955. Recognized by Hampton Hotels Save-A-Landmark program as a site worth seeing. Map (db m158338) HM
17California (San Bernardino County), San Bernardino — First McDonalds, San Bernardino, California — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
McDonalds hamburgers and fries represent a true slice of Americana. This site is ground zero for all modern day fast food chains. Museum owned and operated by Juan Pollo restaurantsMap (db m204525) HM
18California (San Bernardino County), San Bernardino — La Plaza Park, San Bernardino, California — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Built in 1945, this park continues to provide a center reminiscent of early Mexican Heritage. Recognized by Hampton Hotels Save-A-Landmark program as a site worth seeing.Map (db m204524) HM
19California (San Bernardino County), San Bernardino — Mitla Cafι, San Bernardino, California — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Established in 1937, this family-owned restaurant has brought history and tradition to San Bernardino's west side for more than 60 years. Recognized by Hampton Hotels Save-A-Landmark program as a site worth seeingMap (db m204523) HM
20California (San Bernardino County), Victorville — California Route 66 Museum, Victorville, California — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Built in the late 1930s as "Red Rooster," later "Les Pyrenees Restaurant." Museum dedicated to those who lived, passed through and passed on here. Recognized by Hampton Hotels Save-A-Landmark program as a site worth seeingMap (db m193155) HM
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21Illinois (Cook County), Chicago — Lou Mitchell's Restaurant & Bakery, Chicago, Illinois — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
The start of Route 66, A Chicago Institution since 1923, (unreadable) food and friendly hospitality is known the world over.Map (db m189146) HM
22Illinois (DuPage County), Willowbrook — Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket — 66 Roadside Attraction
The Chicken Basket was established in 1946 born out of a gas station next door that sold fried chicken. It was a Blue Bird bus stop as well as a restaurant and used to have ice skaters on the roof to attract Route 66 travelers. It became Dell Rhea's . . . Map (db m157104) HM
23Illinois (Livingston County), Cayuga — Meramec Caverns Barn — 66 Roadside Attraction
This nostalgic barn has been restored by volunteers of the Route 66 Association of Illinois Preservation Committee. August 30, 1998Map (db m157025) HM
24Illinois (Livingston County), Dwight — Ambler-Becker Texaco Station, Dwight, Illinois — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Built in 1933, Ambler's Texaco was the longest operating service station to pump gas on historic Route 66. Recognized by Hampton Hotels Save-A-Landmark program as a site worth seeingMap (db m189147) HM
25Illinois (Livingston County), Odell — 1932 Standard Oil Gas Station, Odell, Illinois — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
This restoration is a project of the Route 66 Association of Illinois Preservation Committee. Identified November 9, 1997 on the National Register of Historic Places.Map (db m157019) HM
26Illinois (Livingston County), Pontiac — Historic Division Street Bridge — 66 Roadside Attraction
The original bridge was built in 1926 as part of Route 4. On November 11, 1926, the alignment of Route 4 through Pontiac became US Route 66. In early days, the highways were marked with paint using a stencil on utility poles and on bridge end posts. . . . Map (db m157015) HM
27Illinois (Livingston County), Pontiac — Original Route 66 Wishing Well & Sign Countryside, Illinois 1941-2007 — 66 Roadside Attraction
Route 66 has become a nostalgic symbol of Americana. This display honors just one of the many mom & pop businesses that served weary travelers on the Mother Road. At it's original location, many thousands of people from around the world stopped to . . . Map (db m163373) HM
28Illinois (Logan County), Lincoln — Postville Courthouse State Historic Site — 66 Roadside Attraction
Abraham Lincoln practiced law here from 1840-1847. This site is located on the original alignment of Route 66 through Lincoln, Illinois. Free admission.Map (db m156851) HM
29Illinois (Logan County), Lincoln — The Mill on 66 — 66 Roadside Attraction
The Mill opened in 1929 on the original alignment of Route 66, it became famous as a sandwich stand and then a Bar/Restaurant. The Mill is now being restored as a museum. Open by appointment.Map (db m156855) HM
30Illinois (Macoupin County), Mount Olive — Soulsby Shell Station, Mt. Olive, Illinois — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Russell Soulsby built this station in 1926 with his father, Henry He ran it with his sister Ola until 1991. For its 65 years of operation; they only sold Shell gasoline.Map (db m138433) HM
31Illinois (Macoupin County), Staunton — Henry's Rabbit Ranch, Staunton, Illinois — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
A Route 66 information center and tourist attraction built for past, present and future travelers.Map (db m138472) HM
32Illinois (McLean County), Funks Grove — Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup, Funks Grove, Illinois — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Established in 1891, Funk descendants have been making sirup since 1824 when Isaac settled in the Grove that bears his name.Map (db m156944) HM
33Illinois (McLean County), Lexington — "Memory Lane" — 66 Roadside Attraction
This original section of Historic Route 66 was dedicated in 1926. The alignment was first known as Route 4. Memory Lane is open to drive on during Lexington's annual Route 66 reunion, car show/parade and other special Route 66 events. We invite . . . Map (db m163090) HM
34Illinois (McLean County), Towanda — 1926 Route 66 Alignment — 66 Roadside Attraction
You are standing on the pavement of the original Route 66 that was commissioned in 1926. The width of the original hard road was only 16' wide and constructed from Portland cement. The road immediately in front of you is the upgraded Route 66 known . . . Map (db m157604) HM
35Illinois (McLean County), Towanda — 1954 Route 66 Alignment — 66 Roadside Attraction
The Towanda, Il. Route 66 Parkway stretches 1 mile in front of you and 2.5 miles behind you. You are standing on the 1954 alignment of Route 66. The original 1926 two lane Route 66 is behind you and to the right and just up this road and to the . . . Map (db m157605) HM
36Illinois (Montgomery County), Litchfield — The Ariston Cafι, Litchfield, Illinois — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Satisfying local patrons and international travelers since 1924, this landmark stop continues to attract diners who "remember where good food is served" Route 66 Roadside Attraction Recognized by Hampton Hotels Save-A-Landmark program as . . . Map (db m138435) HM
37Illinois (Montgomery County), Raymond — Shrine of Our Lady of the Highways — 66 Roadside Attraction
Even though it was wonderful to have a paved, hard road to travel on, many motor vehicle accidents did occur on Route 66. In 1959, this shrine was erected to remind motorists of the potential dangers and offered a place to say a prayer for a . . . Map (db m156780) HM
38Illinois (Sangamon County), Southern View — Cozy Dog Drive In, Springfield, Illinois — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Family owned and operated since 1950. Home of the famous "hot dog on a stick."Map (db m152777) HM
39Illinois (Sangamon County), Springfield — Shea's, Springfield, Illinois — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Family-owned and operated, Shea's has been under the same management since 1946. Recognized by Hampton Hotels Save-A-Landmark program as a site worth seeingMap (db m189148) HM
40Illinois (Will County), Joliet — Route 66 Park — Joliet 66 Roadsice Attraction
Stop by to grab an ice cream treat and stroll through the park for many great photo opportunities. The Rich and Creamy Ice Cream stand is the highlight of Route 66 Park, having served travelers for years. Be sure to look up and see Jake & Elwood . . . Map (db m157508) HM
41Illinois (Will County), Joliet — Route 66 Visitors Center — Joliet 66 Roadside Attraction
A clearinghouse for information as you travel down the Mother Road, the Route 66 Experience has information on Route 66, Lincoln Highway and all of Joliet! Visit the Free Route 66 Experience with interactive features to entertain for hours! A key . . . Map (db m157506) HM
42Kansas (Cherokee County), Baxter Springs — Cafι on the Route, Baxter Springs, Kansas — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Built circa 1870, the cafι was formerly the Crowell Bank, which Jesse James robbed in 1876. It is currently a restaurant and bed and breakfast.Map (db m37551) HM
43Kansas (Cherokee County), Galena — Galena Chamber of Commerce, Galena, Kansas — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
In 2001, members of the community joined with the Galena Chamber of Commerce to donate a block of the downown Route 66 main street to construct a park for everyone to enjoy. Route 66 Howard "Pappy" Litch Park The Oldest Mining Town in . . . Map (db m43047) HM
44Missouri (Franklin County), Pacific — Graze Catering — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
This World War II era Quonset hut, with a unique stone faηade was built here in 1950. It started out as a family-run dry cleaning business by the original owners. Over the years it has been a photo studio and the home of several roadside diners . . . Map (db m205178) HM
45Missouri (Greene County), Springfield — Steak 'n Shake, Springfield, Missouri — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
One of the few remaining "old style" designs for this chain of drive-in restaurants, opened in 1962. It still features curb service, steak burgers and hand-dipped milkshakes.Map (db m170629) HM
46Missouri (Jasper County), Carthage — 66 Drive-In Theatre, Carthage, Missouri — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Built in 1949, the last of the original six drive-ins that were named after the famous "Mother Road'. Recognized by Hampton Hotels Save-A-Landmark program as a site worth seeingMap (db m189152) HM
47Missouri (Jasper County), Joplin — Schifferdecker Park & Joplin Museum Complex, Joplin, Missouri — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Schifferdecker Park, Golf Course and Mineral Museum have been Route 66 attractions since the road connected to Joplin in 1932.Map (db m170626) HM
48Missouri (Pulaski County), Devils Elbow — Devil's Elbow, Pulaski County, Missouri — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Established in 1870 and named after a bad bend in the Big Piney River, this "devil of an elbow" was made famous by historic Route 66.Map (db m170623) HM
49Missouri, St. Louis — Eat Rite-Diner, St. Louis, Missouri — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Established in the 1940s, the Eat Rite-Diner is one of the few nostalgic Route 66 diners left for great burgers and a friendly atmosphere.Map (db m139770) HM
50Missouri, St. Louis — Ted Drewes Frozen Custard, St. Louis, Missouri — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Ted Drewes Frozen Custard has been located on Route 66 since 1941 and has been a St. Louis landmark since 1929. Many travelers have stopped to enjoy the world-famous "Concretes."Map (db m147690) HM
51Missouri (St. Louis County), Pacific — Beacon Car Wash — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Opening in 1946 to all travelers of Route 66, the Beacon Court Motel is only a memory, but its iconic sign now lives on at its new home, the Beacon Car & Pet Wash. The Beacon tower was dormant from 1980 to 2004 but a full restoration was completed . . . Map (db m168407) HM
52Missouri (St. Louis County), Pacific — Jensen Point — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Built in 1939 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), Jensen Point was part of the Henry Shaw Gardenway as a beautification project of the National Park Service and the Missouri State Highway Commission. The overlook was dedicated to Lars Peter . . . Map (db m205175) HM
53Missouri (St. Louis County), Pacific — Red Cedar Inn, Pacific, Missouri — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
The restaurant was built in 1934 by brothers James and Bill Smith and is still owned and operated by the James Smith family. Recognized by Hampton Hotels Save-A-Landmark program as a site worth seeingMap (db m189150) HM
54New Mexico (Bernalillo County), Albuquerque — Jones Motor Company, Albuquerque, New Mexico — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Jones Motor Company opened on November 18, 1939 as a Ford dealership and Texaco gas station. It is now the home of Kelley's Restaurant and Brew Pub. Recognized by Hampton Hotels Save-A-Landmark program as a site worth seeingMap (db m184211) HM
55New Mexico (Guadalupe County), Santa Rosa — Joseph's Bar & Grill, Santa Rosa, New Mexico — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Originally La Fiesta Cafι, Joseph's was opened in 1956. It has fed locals and tourists along Route 66 through three generations of Campos. Recognized by Hampton Hotels Save-a-Landmark program as a site worth seeingMap (db m189205) HM
56Oklahoma (Beckham County), Elk City — National Route 66 Museum and Old Town Museum Complex, Elk City, Oklahoma — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Established in 1998, the National Route 66 and Old Town Museum Complex preserves the history of Route 66 in Western Oklahoma. Recognized by Hampton Hotels Save-A-Landmark program as a site worth seeingMap (db m183510) HM
57Oklahoma (Beckham County), Erick — Sandhills Curiosity Shop, Erick, Oklahoma — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Formerly the City Meat Market, this is known as the oldest brick building in Erick. It is now the home of Harley and Annabelle, "The Mediocre Music Makers." Recognized by Hampton Hotels Save-A-Landmark program as a site worth . . . Map (db m183509) HM
58Oklahoma (Custer County), Clinton — Oklahoma Route 66 Museum, Clinton, Oklahoma — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
The Oklahoma Route 66 Museum opened in 1995 offering visitors a look at the epic history of the Mother Road.Map (db m170624) HM
59Oklahoma (Lincoln County), Chandler — 1930 Phillips 66 Filling Station, Chandler, Oklahoma — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
The Chandler Phillips 66 station is typical of the type "B" cottage-style built by Philips Petroleum 1927 through 1938. Recognized by Hampton Hotels Save-a-Landmark program as a site worth seeingMap (db m189193) HM
60Oklahoma (Lincoln County), Stroud — Rock Cafe, Stroud, Oklahoma — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
National Register of Historic Places, established in 1939. Built with rock unearthed during the paving of Route 66.Map (db m41862) HM
61Oklahoma (Lincoln County), Warwick — Seaba Station, Warwick, Oklahoma — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
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62Oklahoma (Oklahoma County), Arcadia — Arcadia Round Barn, Arcadia, Oklahoma — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Built in April 1898 by William Odor on his farm. Restored in 1992 by Luke Robinson, community workers and local businesses.Map (db m119930) HM
63Oklahoma (Oklahoma County), Oklahoma City — Ann's Chicken Fry House, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Built in 1948 as a gas station, this site was converted into a restaurant in 1966 and became Ann's Chicken Fry House in 1971. It is famous for its chicken-fried steak. Recognized by Hampton Hotels Save-a-Landmark program as a site worth . . . Map (db m189195) HM
64Oklahoma (Ottawa County), Afton — Eagle (D-X) Service Station, Afton, Oklahoma — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Opened in the 1930's, the Eagle Service Station served Route 66 travelers for nearly 60 years.Map (db m81122) HM
65Oklahoma (Ottawa County), Miami — Coleman Theatre, Miami, Oklahoma — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Built by George L. Coleman, Sr. in 1929 at a cost of $500,000. The theatre is home to "The Mighty Wurlitzer," the original pipe organ. Recognized by Hampton Hotels Save-A-Landmark program as a site worth seeingMap (db m189153) HM
66Oklahoma (Rogers County), Catoosa — Blue Whale, Catoosa, Oklahoma — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Built in the early 1970's as an anniversary gift, the Blue Whale turned into a swimming park and closed in 1988.Map (db m119931) HM
67Oklahoma (Rogers County), Catoosa — Mojo's Famous BBQ, Catoosa, Oklahoma — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Original location of the Catoosa D-X filling station, Mojo's Famous BBQ opened in 1997. Recognized by Hampton Hotels Save-a-Landmark program as a site worth seeingMap (db m189190) HM
68Oklahoma (Tulsa County), Tulsa — 11th Street Bridge, Tulsa, Oklahoma — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
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69Oklahoma (Tulsa County), Tulsa — Tulsa, Oklahoma — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
"The Admiral Twin Drive-In, built in 1951, is one of a few drive-in theaters remaining in Oklahoma. Located on Route 66, it is Oklahoma's largest drive-in with a capacity of more than 1,000 cars." Recognized by Hampton Hotels . . . Map (db m170404) HM
70Texas (Gray County), McLean — Avalon Theater, McLean, Texas — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
The Avalon Theater, built in the early 1930s, served the area of McLean for more than 50 years and is maintained by the Texas Route 66 Association. Recognized by Hampton Hotels Save-a-Landmark program as a site worth seeingMap (db m189285) HM
71Texas (Gray County), McLean — Devil's Rope Museum, McLean, Texas — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
This Route 66 landmark now houses the Texas Route 66 Museum and the largest barbwire museum in the world. Recognized by Hampton Hotels Save-A-Landmark program as a site worth seeingMap (db m183508) HM
72Texas (Gray County), McLean — Phillips 66 Service Station, McLean, Texas — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Built in the 1920s as the first Phillips 66 Station in Texas, operating for more than 50 years. Recognized by Hampton Hotels Save-a-Landmark program as a site worth seeingMap (db m189286) HM
73Texas (Oldham County), Adrian — Midpoint Cafe and Gift Shop, Adrian, Texas — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Located at the exact geo-mathematical center of Route 66, the cafι is one of the oldest eateries on the highway. Recognized by Hampton Hotels Save-A-Landmark program as a site worth seeingMap (db m183503) HM
74Texas (Oldham County), Vega — Dot's Mini Museum, Vega, Texas — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
A collection dedicated to the Mother Road, the museum houses items from Vega Zero Lockers. Established in 1944 at the "crossroads of the nation" on Route 66. Recognized by Hampton Hotels Save-A-Landmark program as a site worth . . . Map (db m183506) HM
75Texas (Oldham County), Vega — Oldham County Courthouse, Vega, Texas — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
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76Texas (Potter County), Amarillo — The Big Texan Steak Ranch, Amarillo, Texas — Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Home of the "Free 72 oz Steak," this famous Steak Ranch has been feeding hungry travelers since 1960. Young man, we fed your father! Recognized by Hampton Hotels Save-A-Landmark program as a site worth seeingMap (db m183507) HM
 
 
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Nov. 28, 2022