We left our casino boondocking spot in the drizzle and stopped at the Route 66 Museum on our way out of town . . .
Tom only took up half of their parking lot!
Good thing we arrived right when they opened, and they weren’t too crowded! We did notice some guy taking video of the RV, though . . . turns out he was from Spain!
The museum is set up by decade – 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s,
and highlights the evolution of Route 66 as well as the lifestyle, cars, and travels of people in each decade.
They had lots of great displays – we learned about trucking, bus travel, and how Route 66 developed and then was replaced.
Nicolas and Bryce saw a diner, and a soda fountain, and even a phone booth!
Each decade display included a “scrapbook” of the era – including photographs and memories, as well as prices of cars, houses, groceries, gas.
This page showed cousins gathering for a Family Reunion in Missouri . . . hey, we had one of those this year!
There were lots of cool cars, too – like these popular travel vehicles!
We ended our tour with a video of the revitalization of Route 66 – and we’re glad to be a part of it!
Back in the lobby/gift shop, we picked up some postcards, stickers for the car and truck, and a T-shirt for Nicolas . . . and we posed for our picture!
A few more pictures from the Lobby . . .
We really enjoyed the Museum, and we were glad we took the time to stop, but it was time to get moving. As we were approaching Texas, I had Bryce get the camera out so he could get a picture of the Texas sign . . . and we saw this guy . . .
He should have waited to get this next sign!
As we continued into Texas the rain stopped, and eventually the clouds cleared, too. We had a great day of Route 66 sightings, too!
When we stopped for fuel in Shamrock, Bryce and I were able to get a picture of the Conoco Tower,
and there were a few more that we caught as we were driving by.
I love having Bryce drive! I could follow along in my Route 66 guidebook, and be ready for things before we got to them! It didn’t work as well when I was driving – see, we pretty much missed the Cadillac Ranch!
It was noon when we stopped for fuel in Shamrock, but instead of getting Subway, we decided to continue on, and stop in Amarillo for a mid-day dinner at the Big Texan Steakhouse.
It was a little expensive, but the lunch prices were better than the dinner prices, and the food was good!
Tom got to meet Elvis, too!
I think steak for lunch was a first for us, and we were all stuffed when we left . . . and no, we did NOT attempt the 72 oz. challenge!
In fact, nobody was taking on the challenge while we were there. The table of honor was empty!
We were so full from our meal, that the boys did not even notice the candy counter on the way out -- and it was impressive!
While they got the dog out for a few minutes, Tom and I played tourist!
From Amarillo, we continued our drive west and eventually made our way into New Mexico.
We had one more Route 66 adventure before we stopped for the day, though. Just over the border into New Mexico is Russell’s Truck Stop. It has a diner,
really nice bathrooms,
and a Route 66 Museum that includes and extensive collection of cars!
The bright paint and shiny chrome was quite a lure to the boys . . .
but there was more to see besides cars!
The entire perimeter of the room was filled with old trucks and other toys,
as well as signs, appliances, and even a few old jukeboxes!
It was another great stop, and rounded out a great “Route 66” day for us!