Monday, August 18, 2014

Rubbish Tuesday

Finally a home for all those photos I take of old items!!

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.

I am enjoying doing these posts as I research the hotels and motels along the way and learn many new things.

Wikipedia is usually my source.

The Glancy - Clinton OK

Blue Swallow Motel - Tucumcari NM

Wigwam Motel - Rialto CA

Holbrook AZ

Cotton Boll - Canute OK

Route 66 Museum - Clinton OK

El Rancho Hotel - Gallup NM

Will Rogers Hotel - Claremore OK

Bono's Fruit Stand - Fontana CA

Kingman AZ

November 2012 - Erick OK

March 2013 - Santa Rosa NM

We'll go with an automotive Route 66 theme this week.

Santa Rosa was connected by railroad to Chicago, El Paso, and the world at large in the early 1900s.

Santa Rosa's stretch of U.S. Route 66 is part of film history. When John Steinbeck's epic novel, The Grapes of Wrath, was made into a movie, director John Ford used Santa Rosa for the memorable train scene. Tom Joad (Henry Fonda) watches a freight train steam over the Pecos River railroad bridge, into the sunset. It was also one of shooting scenes for Bobbie Jo and the Outlaw starring Lynda Carter in the titular role.

The town was the childhood home of author Rudolfo Anaya, and is the basis for the fictional town of Guadalupe in his autobiographical novel Bless Me, Ultima.

The remains of the Rio Pecos Ranch Truck Terminal. This truck stop featured a cafe at one time, and was crammed with big rigs. You can just see in the broken neon on the sign, the truck driver’s faint Howdy, which no doubt drew folks in with its friendly wave.
The terminal opened around 1955 but has been abandoned for many years and the gas pumps are long gone. In 2003 the city of Santa Rosa expressed an interest in reloacting this sign and replacing the white plastic portion with a "Welcome to Santa Rosa" message board. The owner of the sign wanted too much money and the project ell through.
Not the posts are rotting and no one is sure how much longer it can support the sign.


  1. A whole lot of rust in those cars. The truck terminal has seen better days.

  2. These are so cool! I sure would love to be able to have one and fix it up!

  3. Really like the Rio Pecas sign. Too bad it hasn't been preserved. You sure found some great old cars, too. My first car was a red VW bug, so I like seeing the powder blue bugs. Brings back fond memories. My favorite is Bozo's Garage. That truck looks like it might still be able to give a tow. Thanks for linking up!

  4. wonderful old car images. I'd take the camaro in the last pic in an instant.

    too bad about the truck sign.

  5. Tooooo coooool !!!!! Tom Thew Backroads Traveller

  6. great old relics and signage. :)


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