Mar 222012
 



Seeing I have the next 12-14 months running back and forth from Scottsdale to Joseph City / Holbrook, I figured I should REALLY get to know the eastern part of Route 66 in Arizona as well as I could…

I usually leave around 5am (or earlier) on my trek north to Flagstaff then east to Joseph City. I like driving in the dark, there is no one out and the road is pretty much yours.

Getting to Flagstaff – the snow was everywhere! Reports said 19-28″ (depending on who you believe) fell over the weekend, and I decided to postpone my trip one day to get the plows out and do what they do best.






I hit a few ice patches in Flagstaff, but just enough to get gas and get on I-40 (sorry, I have a meeting to get to!)

Before I rushed to get to my meeting, I thought it would be nice to get off at the Winslow exit to ‘poke a peek’ at what was happening. I came across this building, which has a story behind it…







This is the ‘Route 66 Palace’ in Winslow – located right across the street from the Winslow Theater (the theater is for sale ya know!) and I stumbled upon the owner via a website dedicated to, his wife’s truck (??)

For those who do not know – I am restoring a 1949 Ford F-3 3/4 ton pickup truck, because I like to work on things. While looking for parts online, I came across an unusal 1948 Ford F-1 1/2 ton pickup truck, and it caught my eye.







The one on the left is hers – the one on the right is mine.

So, I tracked down the owner of the Route 66 Palace Brian, and he and I spoke for about an hour about, well, Route 66 stuff!
I can tell you he is a welcome addition to the ‘owners club’ on the route, and he is going full steam ahead with the restoration of his building, which he told me he will use as a ‘getaway house’. So you might ask, what is he running from? The same type of thing anyone owning a summer cottage, a small home on the lake, or even a ski resort place, this one happens to be on the route!

He and I will meet in the near future!

After my meeting, I went to lunch at the Wayside Cafe in Holbrook for a quick bite. (sorry – no pics!) I have never been here before and the food wasn’t bad. It is truly a ‘mom and pop’ type of restaurant. Quick and easy. I had the Chicken Burrito – and it was good.

I wanted to leave the job early enough to get to Winslow and stop at a few places, but this would not be the case.

One of those stops was to the Old Trails Museum a few doors down from the ‘Standin on the Corner Gift Shop’







Alas, they were closed!
I always wanted to check it out inside and see what they have on display – maybe next time…

I ALWAYS stop in to my favorite LITTLE gift shop – the Standin’ on the Corner Gift Shop just to chat with the ladies and see what is happening in town. As usual, they were chock-full of knowledge.








I ended up buying a few things for my office (it is slowly becoming the ‘Corporate America Route 66 Shrine!’).

I said my good-byes and hurried over to the Meteor Crater Trading Post to check in… only to find they were closed! Um, it’s getting close to travel season folks! Extend the hours a little!







I keep checking out the ‘World’s Largest Map of Route 66’ mural to assess the work that could be done to it, and there will be quite a bit of work to do. They also want to do a few more things around the property – but that little ‘surprise’ will have to wait.

I felt I needed to get home, but as I was driving towards Flagstaff, I noticed a steel structure going up just north of Twin Arrows. Curious by nature, I got off the Twin Arrows exit and went the OTHER way away from the Trading Post and headed up the road. The road is abruptly closed off with gates and signs and warnings, and I slowly approached a couple who happened to be outside.

I asked them if this is where the new casino was being built and the older gentleman simply replied ‘Yep’. Then he proceeded to ask if I were ‘the media’… He told me the name of the new casino will be the Twin Arrows Resort and Casino – because Twin Arrows itself is trademarked, so they went with this name.








Notice they did not change the logo?

Now, here is the hope: If the casino is going up, I am wondering how long until the Hopi Tribe starts working on the Twin Arrows Diner, Trading Post and Gas Station!

There has always been talk of once the Navajo start the casino…. the Trading Post would be right behind it.

So I left and headed back to Scottsdale. Knowing in a few short days (tomorrow actually!) I am back on the road towards Needles to start recon on the 66 Motel sign so we can light that baby up!!

Feb 252012
 



I have been putting a few posts up on my Facebook page about a ‘model truck’ I was building. I used to be a avid modeler when I was – like 10!! – so I have built my share of model cars.

This one is a little different.

I wanted to use the model as a ‘sketch pad’ of sorts. I had, in my mind, what I wanted a truck to look like if I were ever to buy one, but I didn’t want to use the real truck as a blank canvas and then mess it up and have a real mess on my hands. Insert model truck here: A 1950 Ford F-1 Pick Up truck.

I had a concept: to built an old pickup truck as if it were, lets say, a service station truck. I went through the lists of all the old service station on the route and decided I wanted to go with a Richfield Yellow / Blue theme, and make it as stock as possible, and make it look like you can park it in an old gas station and it would look like a natural fit.

Easy enough – you would think.
After a bunch of research, I finally found the color pattern I wanted and started to build my model of the truck I would one day want to own.

So, after a month, the model is done. I could have spent 3 months making the model truck perfect, as I usually would if / when I build models, but I really was interested in the paint scheme.

So, the model is as done as I need to to be, now what?








Insert REAL 1949 Ford F-3 3/4 Ton Long Bed Pick Up Truck!

Actually, it is a pretty clean truck with VERY little rust (and I mean very little!) The ‘brown’ on the truck is primer and the metal is all pretty straight and solid.

Since this picture was taken, I have already stripped the truck down to (almost) bare frame with only the cab to be lifted off. It is just sitting there waiting to be removed. That will probably happen next week.



The goal: To get this thing up and running by next year, and drive it in the AZ or NM Route 66 Association’s Fun Run.
That’s the goal – the reality might be a little different.

I will post a pic here and there – as I have a full restoration thread going on a separate Ford Truck blog. I feel that is where it should be documented – I want a variety of Route 66 stuff to occupy this site!!

My wife actually gave me the ‘green light’ to do more of these projects, which means I might be able to keep a Route 66 theme going and possibly loan them to different museums along the route…. would be a nice way to ‘give back’ to the route – sounds like a resolution someone made in January

Feb 232012
 



Just happened to cruise CraigsList ane this popped up again! Last time I saw it for sale was in August of 2011 for $100,000.

Seemed they dropped the price a little. I would put money $50,000 buys it, but you would need another $100,000 to restore it and make it functional again!

Historic Minnetonka Trading Post on Old Route 66.
Liquor license #06090003

Previously a trading post, post office, gas station, feed store, rodeo/roping arena, and more, Minnetonka Trading Post Winslow and the surrounding areas for the last several decades. Originally built nearly a century ago, the building’s 2500 sqaure foot interior was gutted and a new roof has been installed.

The location is ideal for anyone looking for a business that will attract local customers, Route 66 buffs, Interstate 40 travelers, and Navajo/Hopi commuters on State Highway 87. The three acres for sale sit at the intersection of all three byways.

The main trading post building, with its unique petrified wood facade, includes A LIGHTED 50 x 15 BILLBOARD located off of I-40 that is in the renewal stage, and a well. The large billboard sits on the back part of the acreage along Interstate 40.

At the intersection of Old Route 66 / Interstate 40 and State Highway 87 RIGHT OFF THE EXIT.
101 E. Route 66, Winslow, AZ 86047

Quick Sale! Make an offer!

(928) 377-9190

Click HERE for the post and some pictures.

Jan 212012
 



Arizona officially became my ‘new home’ almost a year and a half ago. Being a city boy from Chicago – they say ‘change is good’ – and brother – they weren’t lying!!

I love all Arizona has to offer (yes, even the dry heat) but what I love is I am sandwiched between two other Route 66 states! In Chicago – we had a condo downtown exactly 2 miles due north of the start of Route 66. While some make think it is great to be in such a location, plesae remember – we were at the START of the route, and for us to see any other part of it – it was a drive!!

Enough about me… we have a magazine down here (for all you non-locals) named Arizona Highways. They also have a television show which I catch weekly, not only to see what Arizona has to offer, but to see if and what they show about Route 66 in Arizona, and to be honest, they have been spot on….

They did the magazine entirely celebrating Arizona’s 100th anniversary as being a state – and loaded up the magazine with pictures.

Here are the ones that involve Route 66 towns and Route 66 itself:












































































































The magazine showed pictures from most of the cities in the state of Arizona – but seeing this is a Route 66 website… well, you know…

Copyright 2012 – Arizona Highways Magazine

Dec 212011
 



The ‘saviours’of the Mother Road…


You truly cannot be part of Route 66 unless you are part of one of these. They are the backbone of keeping the route alive!

The many different associations of Route 66 make sure the route is not only preserved, they make sure ‘travelers’ are informed, updated, and even entertained.

The list below shows all of the state associations and their website links and Facebook links (if they have one):

Route 66 Association of Illinois
To me, they are the ‘leaders’ on how things should be done on, and for, the route!
Click HERE for their website.
Click HERE for their Facebook page.

Route 66 Association of Missouri
The folks in Missouri are also on top of their game with preservation and information on the route!
Click HERE for their website.
Click HERE for their Facebook page.

Route 66 Association of Kansas
Kansas has made a strong running in 2011 with the route – and I feel 2012 will be even better!
Click HERE for their website.
Click HERE for their Facebook page.

Route 66 Association of Oklahoma
Oklahoma has done a good job in 2011 working on the route!
Click HERE for their website.
Click HERE for their Facebook page.

Route 66 Association of Texas
I don’t know about this one – so if you think I have the wrong guys (the page was updated 2002!) let me know!
Click HERE for their website.

Route 66 Association of New Mexico
Brand new website full of information and ‘what’s happenings’ on the route in New Mexico!
Click HERE for their website.
Click HERE for their Facebook page.

Route 66 Association of Arizona
My ‘new home state’ – and sadly – they will have to get up to date on their website and preservation efforts…
Click HERE for their website.

Route 66 Association of California
Although recenlty updated, another association which needs to get caught up with the times.
Click HERE for their website.

While some associations do better than others – it is also because of the fact the ones which seem to do better (nice active website, Facebook page, activities for travelers) actually DO MORE for the route – in my opinion.

But this is the thing: If we do not support the individual states, then the resources start disappearing, which means the route starts suffering. And with such a tidal wave of interest in the route, the numerous blogs, posts, stories, pictures and most importantly, the travelers – we need to do what we can, not matter WHERE you are, you can help!

I, myself, am a member of 5 of the 8 – and a business member at that! I have to pay a little more but it is worth it. I joined an association every month or two to keep my renewal costs spread out (hint!)

Pick one, any one, whether you live in the state the route runs through, or live in a state which the route DOES NOT run through, or even in a different country – you can help…

What a great Christmas gift a membership would be!!

Dec 192011
 



Some ‘new friends’ I have discovered on Route 66…


Crusin’ on the Mother Road – and crusin’ the web – I came across a guy (and his photographer) who share the passion and the love for Route 66!

Thankfully, in my (new) home state of Arizona, I happen to stumble across a man who not only is a writer for various publications, but he has a passion for Route 66. And starting next year – we might be able to start some restoration projects which are sorely needed in Arizona. While he admitted to me he did not know much about preservation / restoration – I feel he has something which is desperately needed: the want and drive to do something!

Writer Roger Naylor and photographer Larry Lindahl – the ‘Arizona Dynamic Duo’ as I like to call them – have been all over the state of Arizona writing stories of places to visit, the unusual, and the history of not only Arizona, but Route 66. Roger is a freelance writer, and his work appears regularly in “Arizona Highways,” “Arizona Republic,” “Las Vegas Review-Journal,” “Sedona Magazine,” and “Nevada Magazine.” He is a senior writer for “The Bob and Tom Show.” a nationally syndicated radio program.

They are releasing a new book in 2012 – Arizona Kicks on Route – with the description: “Arizona is home to the longest intact portion of Route 66, stretching 158 miles from west of Ash Fork to the Califronia border. In words and pictures, Naylor and Lindahl explore the history and nostalgia surrounding the “Mother Road,” and the great swaths of Arizona that it passes through. They describe a wealth of spectacular and easy side trips that surround the highway. Arizona, the birthplace of Route 66, is where you can still “get your kicks.”

I have yet to meet Roger – but that day is coming up VERY soon!

You can visit him on his Facebook page by clicking HERE.
You can get his book (when it comes out) from Amazon by clicking HERE – or do a search via my website on the Amazon tab on the right.

Dec 142011
 



The Globetrotter Lodge in Holbrook AZ…


This is a place that (for me) has come out of the woodwork in the last year!

The ‘Austrian Family’ (as they are known!) purchased this motel not too long ago, and have worked on it ever since! I was in Holbrook a few months ago touring the town and saw them outside working on the grounds sprucing it up! Not to mention, they have a HUGE painted Route 66 shield which I believe all guest can sign with a magic marker – something you do not see very often!

Holbrook is really known for the Wigwam Motel – and literally a few block down the road is the Globetrotter Lodge. The work that had gone into the rooms at the Globetrotter are amazing! I am happy to see they are really trying to bring this place back to a standard not seen in Holbrook, and their rankings on Trip Advisor show whatever they are doing – it is working!

Holbrook is going to go through some big changes over the next few years. The discovery of ‘Pot Ash’ will bring all kinds of industry and factories to the area, BUT this means ‘out with the old, and in with the new…’ and I was told serveral historic Route 66 restaurants, motels, and gas stations are in the path of the bulldozer. This will change the town dynamics considerably, but as long as we have places like the Globetrotter Lodge – welcoming not only Route 66 travelers, but getting ready for future vistors – we know the town of Holbrook will be OK…

Visit them on their website by clicking HERE, or join them on Facebook by clicking HERE.

I mentioned before my work will take me to Joseph City AZ over the next year – and while I am up there – I will make sure I stay at the Globetrotter as many times as I can – and of course, I will let you know how it goes!

Sep 172011
 



I came across another FANTASTIC website which has, by far, the most Route 66 Postcards which show Arizona I have ever seen! A few of the postcards have accompanying Match Books next to them.

The number of postcards, which are enough to look at alone, have small descriptions next to them.

I spent some time looking at each of them, and I will tell you, it was like I was driving the route back in the day! Most of the postcards are motels (several still with us – A LOT now gone) and you might even catch a few postcards of towns that are not even on Route 66 (Sedona anyone?!?!).

Take some time to look at them – I am sure you will be impressed!

Click HERE to view the website!

Aug 302011
 











I have (again) spoken with the current owner of the Diner Car in Winslow AZ and she sent me additional photos of both the exterior and the interior of the diner car.

This is her original Email to me:

Hi Ed,

Our diner is an authentic 1946 Valentine Diner, masters model, floor-plan #3.

It has to remain in its original location, and retains most of its original features, such as the lockbox (you can see features on Kansas State Historical Society’s website/Valentine Diners). We are in the process of renovation.

Any interested parties can contact us regarding our progress. The pictures attached were taken before work was begun. We are also in the process of getting it on the National Register of Historical Places, which will lower the property taxes and draw nationwide attention to the diner.

As is, we are asking $85,000, which includes the property (about 1/12 acre), located right on historic Rt. 66 and across from the famous La Posada Hotel. As more work is done, the price will increase. Please feel free to spread the word! Thanks so much for your assistance.

Sincerely,
Jessi

………….
Her Email contact is linkay09@gmail.com and please do not overwhelm her with Email other than those who are interested in purchasing – as this was a concern she had with me reaching out to everyone.

This is about three blocks away from the ‘Standing on the Corner’ park and the gift shop and there is plans to open up an old fashion soda shop across the street from the park – and RIGHT across the street from this diner car is the La Posada Hotel – which is ALWAYS packed.

As we all know – these diners are a RARE find along the route and I do expect this to be picked up by someone who truly loves the route and is looking to own a VERY important piece of it’s history…

Aug 092011
 



The Historic Route 66 Passport was recently awarded the prestigious Governor’s Tourism Award during the 2011 Governor’s Conference on Tourism held in Phoenix. For about a year, the passport has been available for fans of the historic landmark at the Williams-Forest Service Visitors Center. Route 66 communities from throughout the state are featured in the promotional tool, including Williams.

The passports are available for free at participating visitor’s centers along Route 66, and for those traveling on the Mother Road can have their passport stamped at each location along the Route. Acquiring all Route 66 stamps qualifies participants for a prize.

Besides having their passports stamped in various Route 66 communities, coupons may also be added to the passports, which can be slipped inside the pages to help draw visitors to particular area businesses.

Williams Main Street Coordinator Sue Atkinson said the passports have been very popular and it has been difficult to keep up with the demand.

Mary Barbee, visitor’s use assistant at the Williams Visitors Center agreed with Atkinson and said the public has had a positive response to the passports.

“They are really liking them,” she said. “We went through them like that.”

The Arizona Historic Route 66 Passport, spearheaded by the Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona (Association) on behalf of the Route 66 communities, received the distinguished Cooperative Marketing Award at a luncheon, which recognized 10 individuals and organizations for their best practices, accomplishments, and contributions to the Arizona tourism industry.

The Cooperative Marketing Award is presented to the project that best exemplifies creative partnerships to develop and execute a cooperative marketing initiative. The criteria used by the panel of judges to select the winner included demonstrating an exceptional effort, innovation, uniqueness, effective use of resources, measurable results, and its overall contribution to the tourism industry of Arizona.

According to the Association’s press release, The Historic Route 66 Passport is the first joint marketing effort between all the communities across Arizona’s stretch of Route 66. The Association said while the overall goal for the Passport Program is to increase visitation to the Route 66 communities, attractions, and businesses across northern Arizona, a major objective has been to demonstrate the power of working together.

The Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona, founded in 1987 to preserve, protect, and promote Arizona’s Route 66, oversees the Passport Program, however, according to the Association’s press release, it was the financial contributions of so many that made this project a reality.

All communities across the Route were represented in this marketing tool thanks to a grant from the Arizona Office of Tourism, and generous contributions from the Hualapai Lodge in Peach Springs, Hualapai Tourism, the Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona, Kingman Chamber of Commerce, Flagstaff Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Winslow Chamber of Commerce, Williams’ Main Street Association, and the Holbrook Chamber of Commerce.