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  • Published on Apr 29, 2016
    Travel the Mother Road: Texas

    No road would be complete without it going through the great state of Texas. Being one of the most popular roads in the country at the time, Route 66 went through 180 miles of Texas and featured tons of activities to do. The odd thing about Route 66 in Texas is that it didn't go through tons of major cities and towns. Amarillo would probably be the biggest town it went through, but that doesn't mean you can't see tons of sights today! Here is a list of attractions and sights to see along Route 66 in Texas.

    Cadillac Ranch - Amarillo

    One of the more intriguing places along Route 66 is Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas. Some people will tell you the ranch is a product of a rich millionaire who just buried Cadillacs when it was time to get a new one, but the real origin is that it was an artistic endeavor. Stanley Marsh, who was a millionaire in Texas, commissioned Chip Lord and Doug Michaels, who were part of a group called Ant Farm, to create the piece of art. The piece consists of mostly junk-yard Cadillacs buried nose first into the ground. Although it may look sad to some car owners, it really is quite a sight to see!


    ​Mid-Point Cafe - Adrian, Texas

    Adrian, Texas is geographically the mid way point of Route 66, which is why Mid-Point Cafe was created. Back when the Route was bustling, Adrian was a great town, but as the Route was de-commissioned, the town went south. Although it isn't what it once was, the Mid-Point Cafe remains serving customers and has tons of great Route 66 memorabilia and merchandise as well. A great stop for anyone who is interested in small town Texas, Adrian is a must see.


    Ghost Town and First/Last Hotel give history- Glenrio

    ​Speaking of towns heading south after the Route was de-commissioned, Glenrio is one of the sadder stories of Route 66. Glenrio, Texas had Route 66 go through it but the road turned to dirt once you got into town. As the road got less and less popular, no one wanted to drive through dirt roads. Now mostly a ghost town on the border of Texas and New Mexico, Glenrio has just a couple buildings still standing, including the old main street. Texas's first motel was also built in Glenrio. The first/last motel is part of the ghost town and people say you are free to wander around and look at it with no one paying much mind. If you are a fan of ghost towns, Glenrio might be a great place to see how a town went from survival to extinction.


    Route 66 RV Network

    That wraps up the Texas portion of the Route 66 Mother Road tour. For our next installment, we will head to New Mexico where the presence of the road can still be felt.

     

     

     

     

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