Continuing with our travels along Route 66 featuring iconic motel signs and other landmarks. November and December 2012 saw us taking our first winter sojourn away from cold and snowy Toronto. We drove across from Toronto to (eventually) Los Angeles and back in the spring of 2013. We made many stops along the towns of Route 66 on interstate 40.
Winter 2013 and spring 2014 saw us do the same trip but we took interstate 10, further south from Route 66.
In earlier years we had taken many vacations in California which also led to some Route 66 icons.
We drove through Shamrock on our west and east bound trips.
Shamrock got its name from the first postmaster of the town; an Irish immigrant named George Nickle, in 1893.
The Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café is located along historic Route 66 in Shamrock. Built in 1936 by J. M. Tindall and R. C. Lewis at the cost of $23,000, this gem of a building got its start in the dust when John Nunn drew his idea for the station on the ground with an old nail.
With its Art Deco detailing and two towers, the building was designed and constructed to be three separate structures. The first was the Tower Conoco Station, named for the dominating four-sided obelisk rising from the flat roof and topped by a metal tulip. The second was the U-Drop Inn Café, which got its name from a local schooolboy's winning entry in a naming contest. The third structure was supposed to be a retail store that instead became an overflow seating area for the café. The Tower Station was the first commercial business located on the newly designated Route 66 in Shamrock, and is one of the most imposing and architecturally creative buildings along the length of the road.
Until about the late 1970s, the Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café was light brick with green glazed tiles. Now refurbished with light pink concrete highlighted by green paint, it still looks much the same as it did during the heyday of the Mother Road. The towering spire above the service station still spells out C-O-N-O-C-O, a reminder of the booming business that the Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café once saw.
Alas, it is our last half day here in the Capitol. We have to leave for the airport by 1 PM. So how should we spend our last few hours? Hotel checkout is noon.
We sleep in a little. Determine if we want to just hang out and decide HELL NO let's walk to the Lincoln Memorial and climb up and give Abe a visit.
First we saunter to Starbucks and sip our lattes on the patio watching all the industrious worker bees flitting to work at George Washington University, the State Department or the Ronald Reagan Hospital.
Photo taken at the Smithsonian
Right! 10:15 time to walk down to the Mall.
Stunning view of Arlington from the back of the memorial.
What should we do now? Why, let's find the Martin Luther King Memorial that we drove by the other day and couldn't get a glimpse.
Of course we didn't take the direct route as this map shows, instead went the longer way but returned along the black line.
We didn't go over to Jefferson as we had past him several times and had some good shots.
Back to Constitution Ave and we grab a cab back to Washington Circle, another Starbucks visit for cold drinks. Retrieve our bags at the hotel and are waiting for our limo at 12:45. A thirty minute drive to Dulles Airport and we are through security in relatively quick time considering that the lines were long.
Flight takes off on time at 4 PM and we are home by 6:15.
Another hot one!! We decide to skip using the Big Bus HOHO even though we still have some time on our 48 hour ticket. We walk faster and get more done than hanging around waiting for the bus.
Our first planned stop was the World War II Memorial. But we were easily distracted as we walked along.
The Eisenhower Executive Office Building is located next to the West Wing, and houses a majority of offices for White House staff. Originally built for the State, War and Navy Departments between 1871 and 1888, the EEOB is an impressive building that commands a unique position in both our national history and architectural heritage.
Around the back.
Walking down 17 St. The Corcoran Gallery of Art is one of the oldest privately supported cultural institutions in Washington, DC. The museum's main focus is American art.
In memory of the heroic women of the civil war
In memory of the Daughters of the American Revolution
Organization of the American States or the OAS or OEA, is an inter-continental organization founded on 30 April 1948, for the purposes of regional solidarity and cooperation among its member states. Headquartered in Washington, D.C. the OAS's members are the 35 independent states of the Americas.
We cross Constitution at 17th and head to the World War II Memorial. More photos to come!
Across the Mall to the Holocaust Museum.
An upsdie down house work memorializes the children who perished during the Holocaust and is accompanied by an excerpt of a poem written by a child in the Terezin ghetto in Czechoslovakia:
Until, after a long, long time,
I’d be well again.
Then I’d like to live
And go back home again.
Shapiro likens the overturned house to the subversion of the universal symbol of security, comfort, and continuity.
We grab a quick hot dog after running into this guy.
A short cut through the gardens on our way to the Air and Space Museum.
From here we decide we should walk to the Capital since we've never been up close with it.
Outside the Museum of Indian Art.
Then we have the bright idea to walk to the Irish Times a pub we had visited in 1987 when we were last here. We had driven past it on our way to Union Station on Tuesday.
Spotted on the way.
The Memorial to Japanese-American Patriotism in World War II is a memorial and monument designed by Davis Buckley and Japanese American artist Nina Akamu. The work is located at Louisiana Avenue and D Street. The memorial commemorates Japanese American war involvement, veterans and patriotism during World War II, as well as those held in Japanese American internment camps.
The memorial consists of two Japanese cranes caught in barbed wire on top of a tall pedestal made of green Vermont marble.
Originally known as The Commodore, the hotel was renamed in honor of Dublin Ireland's 1,760-acre Phoenix Park. Original Property Opened: 1922.
We settled on the pub next door, The Dubliner, as it had a bigger patio.
We decided to take a cab back to the hotel!!
In most of the city, the streets are set out in a grid pattern with east–west streets named with letters (e.g., C Street SW) and north–south streets with numbers (e.g., 4th Street NW). Two avenues, Constitution Avenue and Independence Avenue, line each side of the Mall.
There is no J Street in any quadrant. This is because, until the mid-nineteenth century, the letters "I" and "J" were indistinguishable when written. Following that same idea, "I" Street is often written as "Eye" Street, to distinguish it from the letter "L" and the numeral "1".