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Route 66 Texas

Welcome to Roadside Peek's Route 66 Texas. The photos on this page are placeholders as this Texas section, like those of the other states, will be broken out into sub-sections of the great state to allow for the photos coming soon.

 

U Drop Inn Cafe and Tower Gas Station
Shamrock, TX
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Here's the art deco U-Drop Inn and Tower Service Station of Shamrock, TX. Erected in 1936, the building is made of brick and green glazed tile.

Recently, the building was restored and is now home to the Shamrock Chamber of Commerce. More information can be found here. 08-06

 

 

Rock City Trucks
Shamrock, TX
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Also along old Route 66 in Shamrock is this old faded out sign for the Rock City Trucks. Remember when gas used to be $1.13? 08-06

 

 

Rattlesnakes (Gone)
Alanreed, TX
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Off of Route 66 is this old Rattlesnakes sign, before coming to Alanreed, TX. 08-06

 

UPDATE 03/09 : The Rattlesnakes sign was blown down back in March 2007. More information can be found at Route 66 News. 03-09

 

 

Texas Motel
McLean, TX
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Always interesting are roadside signs in the shape of the state they represent. Here's the appropriately named Texas Motel, found off of the Mother Road in McLean, TX. 08-06

 

 

Britten Tower
Groom, TX
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Travelers passing by this water tower for the 1st time usually do a double-take. Yes, the tower is leaning to the side. Is this tower leaning due to something gone wrong with the land or is it a marketing ploy to grab curious travelers off the interstate? You'll need to see it up close to find out. 08-06

 

 

Robinson Grain
Conway, TX
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Leaving Groom and heading west, you'll come across this old grain tower in Conway. These grain sights are a familiar sight as you travel the 66. 08-06

 

 

Cadillac Ranch
Amarillo, TX
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The Cadillac Ranch just west of Amarillo is a famous Route 66 landmark. Built up in 1974 by said to be eccentric but brilliant millionaire Stanley Marsh 3 and The Ant Farm, this line of old Cadillacs are buried nose first into the ground. The angle of the cars are also reputed to be the same as the ancient pyramids at Cheops. The Cadillacs were moved further west in 1997 from its original location due to growth from nearby Amarillo. The Cadillac Ranch is another of the must see sights off the Mother Road. 08-06

 

 

Big Texan Steak Ranch
Amarillo, TX
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When one thinks of Amarillo and the 66, one of the 1st places that comes to mind is the Big Texan Steak Ranch. The Big Texan opened its doors alongside Route 66 back in 1960. When news came of the building of the new interstate, threatening to bypass the business and suck its life out, a new home for The Big Texan was built at a the current location in 1970.

The Big Texan is also famous for its 72oz steak eating challenge. Eat a baked potato with fixin's, a shrimp cocktail, salad, some other stuff and a 72oz steak within an hour and the meal is free! However, fail the challenge and foot a $70 plus bill. According to the Big Texan website, about 1 in 6 hungry and daring eaters are successful. Not that hungry? Then listen to the singing musicians sing out "Lucille" to you as you eat. Yes, roadside gimmicks are alive and well and still drive in the crowds here in Amarillo. 08-06

 

 

Jesse's Cafe
Vega, TX
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West of Amarillo and off of Route 66 the Texas town of Vega. Follow the arrow on this marquee and check out Jesse's Cafe. 08-06

 

 

 

 

 

Bent Door Cafe and Midpoint Sign
Adrian, TX
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Adrian, Texas is famous for being the Route 66 town that is the midpoint of the 2,278 miles between Santa Monica, CA and Chicago, IL. Adrian is also home to the Bent Door Cafe. 08-06

 

 

First Last Motel in Texas
Glen Rio, TX
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At the Texas and New Mexico border is the town of Glen Rio, also spelled Glenrio. When the interstate opened up, this Route 66 town became a virtual ghost town. And yes, one end of this town is in Texas and the other end is in New Mexico. One of the most famous old relics in Glen Rio is the First Motel in Texas / Last Motel in Texas. 08-06

 

 

 

Next stop: Onwards to New Mexico.

 

 

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