Getting our “Kitsch” on Route 66

KITSCH: art, objects, or design considered to be in poor taste because of excessive garishness or sentimentality, but sometimes appreciated in an ironic or knowing way.

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On our way to the Petrified Forest a few weeks ago, we bypassed I-40 and drove Route 66 from Kingman to Ash Fork. This stretch of the highway is home to many, well-known symbols of Americana.  Join me as I get my “kitsch” on the 66.

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Check your oil, ma’am?

Twenty-three miles from Kingman is the old mining town of Hackberry and its delightful general store. It’s worth stopping for a look-see at the remains of what was and what used to be:  vintage signage, old cars, and gas pumps of the past. Check out the inside of the store, too.

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If you don’t know where you are, you haven’t gotten very far…….Burma Shave!

Had fun with the Grandson reading the old Burma Shave signs. I explained to him, as kids, we didn’t have technology to pass the time. So, if we weren’t bickering in the back seat of the station wagon, it was all about playing A-Z or singing 99 bottles of beer on the wall.

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You can get your fill of “kitsch” in the quirky town of Seligman, AZ. Park the car and take a wander up and down the main drag and enjoy this town’s abundance of eclectic Americana.

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While most head for the crowded, Delgadillo’s Snow Cap, we opted for the Road Kill Cafe and enjoyed a leisurely and delicious lunch. “You kill ’em, we grill ’em!”

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The abandoned Meteor City Trading Post off of Interstate 40 outside of Winslow. Sadly, the buildings have been ravaged and defaced with graffiti. A lack of a barrier allows anyone (including me) access to the grounds. Sad.

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Woop, here it is!  Had to see this much frequented roadside stop known as the Jack Rabbit Trading Post and its iconic billboard.  Picked up a bag a chips for the grandson and bypassed the typical 66 souvenirs.  Their “Here it is” t-shirts are  quite cute, though.

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The Twin Arrow Trading Post

Our last stop,the defunct Twin Arrows Trading Post. I was deterred by the concrete barriers and restricted to the car, or so I thought.  According to Roadside America, if you drive a little further east, the barrier ends and you can park and walk back.. Oh well, next time! I hope you enjoyed sharing the highway with me.

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Kingman, AZ, don’t forget Winona….

If you ever plan to motor west…..Travel my way, take the highway, that’s the best……….
Get your kicks on Route 66–Nat King Cole

 

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2 thoughts on “Getting our “Kitsch” on Route 66

  1. That sunset picture is to die for! We can’t wait to travel Route 66! Thanks for sharing so many lovely sights! Sedona looks magnificent!

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