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Thought some of you guys may enjoy this, I'm sure some of you may recognize the vehicles.

Most important, I would like to know how many here live on or near Route 66

Manhattan Transfer - ROUTE 66 - 1981! - YouTube
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Great stuff! I used to sing in a 50's Group. Thanks for posting.
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I do, just south of it. Every year the Route 66 motorcycle ride comes through our home Harley shop, Bourbeuse Valley H-D. Last year, I met folks from England, Denmark and Venezualea (?)
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Don't live on 66, but I've sure rode in or driven a lot of those vehicles.
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Don't live on it either,but that is the road Dad followed when we came to Ca. from Pa. We weren't too far behind the Joads!
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Member, and friend, Hiram 2005 has done the 66 journey a few times.
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Yes I have and recommend it greatly!
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I am with Iggy. I rode or drove most of those cars.
I didn't realize how old those films where until I saw the Moter Officer wearing only a uniform cap.
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66 is grand, and the "Transfer" is rad!!

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i am about 20 minutes away from old route 66, now called joilet road in countryside, illinois 60525....... bought our last two cars from a dealership located right on old route 66 in countryside, illinois
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I was born in 1941 in Amarillo, Texas and grew up there. We didn't think much about Route 66 at the time...just that it was the major east-west route through town. One of my friends dad owned a Chevron station on 66 and occasionally, some the easterners coming through would want to know where they could get some "western" food. He would direct them to a BBQ restaurant nearby. Only when we realized that I-40 would replace Route 66 did we start getting nostalgic about it.
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have driven our 46 chevy p/u on the 66 (what's left) from Chicago to OK city with friends.
great time.. need to do that again...
thanx for the memories....
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For vacation this year, I drove a big chunk of 66 for the fun of it. I went out to mid-west and then ran it over to AZ. Next year I will pick up the part I did not do and continue west to CA.

Fun to watch the BNSF trains as a railfan on 66.
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I was born in 1941 in Amarillo, Texas and grew up there. We didn't think much about Route 66 at the time...just that it was the major east-west route through town. One of my friends dad owned a Chevron station on 66 and occasionally, some the easterners coming through would want to know where they could get some "western" food. He would direct them to a BBQ restaurant nearby. Only when we realized that I-40 would replace Route 66 did we start getting nostalgic about it.

I too was born in Amarillo in 1941 about 3 blocks off of N.E. 8th. street which was Route 66 as you know.

I had a friend, Ralph Wetzel who had a Standard Oil (Chevron) service station about 900 block of N.E. 8th. I worked for him about 2 years on and off while in high school. I graduated Palo Duro High 1959. Would it be Underwoods' Barbecue you would reccommend to the people from the East?

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You can tell Sophie and Swilli are old timers. She refers to what is now called Amarillo Blvd as NE 8th as I do. Used to there were a ton of neon signs on that strech of Route 66. My favorite was a Cowboy with a Lasso, I now live about three miles north of the original Route 66 northwest of Amarillo.

I can remember driving Route 66 to Kalifornicastan to the west and to Okrahoma City to the east in the 50s and 60s. I was always impressed with the curbs on 66 in Okrahoma. My son lives east of Hydro, Okrahoma now and about two miles north of the orginal 66 and now travels on the original route 66 to go to work and get home every day. Still has the curbs, although the roadway is suppose to be maintained by the County, it in poor poor shape and the curbs are beat to pieces.

I-40 is now where its at. The Dope King's Smugglin' Highway.

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Rule303, we may know each other also.
I miss all the old road signs we used to have on Route 66 and all the neon signs too.
When I was growing up pavement ended at St. Anthony's Hospital, it was dirt to the west. Then along came N.W.8th going west.My how things have changed.
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Isn't this interesting? Three Amarillo residents connecting in this thread. I don't think I know sophie since we lived in different parts of town. I was in the first graduating class ('59) at Tascosa and lived on south Louisiana St. I was about 5 blocks south of 6th Street which was the original route of Route 66. I well remember when there was no N. W. 8th as sophie noted, but the route dropped south to 6th Street and continued west. The Chevron station my friend's dad had, was on the north side of N. W. 8th between St. Anthony's hospital and Underwood's BBQ. It was indeed Underwood's that he directed the easterners to go to.

Shifting gears, do you guys remember Tom and Roy's gun shop? That was really where my interest in guns became intense. They would humor me and show me guns when I was only 11 or 12 years old. As sophie said, things have really changed.
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I've driven "The Mother Road" in a '55 Chevy and a '65 Vette. What a great experience then - the little mom and pop motels for an overnight stay (free radio and for 25 cents your bed could be made to vibrate). And the wonderful greasy spoon restaurants - stuff you can no longer find in the chains. Those were carefree days, and you could actually see and experience the scenery instead of buzzing through it on an Interstate. Good memories.

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We've driven on part of it out of Albuquerque(?) New Mexico.
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Didn't this song become the theme song for a program on TV by the same name?
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Lived in OKC and ran 66 to Borger Tex for half pints of the cheapest whiskey , bring back a case to sell in Ok city. 1959. 6 hamburgers for a $1.00 at the border.
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Rode 66 in 1969 on my way to California where I got stationed out of "A" school. Every trip home over the next 4 years there was less and less of it.
The tv show stars were Martin Milner and George Maharis. Seems the show ran in the early 60s since they shifted to one of the Stingrays one season.
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When we went to Lake Texhoma for a weekend we would take a half pint of Ever Clear to spice the 3.2 Okla. beer. It's a wonder we lived through the late 50's.
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O do I remember !!! Yes Jimmy I remember the soft caps, those costly boots, and swivel holsters....A simpler time..I guess we have progressed?? In 64 my very first new car...Police discount 1964 Ford Galaxie 2 door HT....2,006 bucks right off the show room floor....I kept it for 140k miles. Drove the route from St.Louis to West Texas many times in that car. We have come a long way baby....I guess, Not sure about that.........Time marches on......I look at, even my son, in his vest, taser, radio the size of a cell phone and all the wonder equipment, we never had. Amazing we ever made it to retirement...But wait we didn't have much gang stuff, random killings were few and far between. Sh+t bums went away for real time....People sang God Bless America and meant it.....and of all things illegals were people that broke the law.....I am showing my age....darn I know better than that..BTW a 55 Chevy HT was still the neatest darn car...Married 55 years and still wish the Mrs. and I could go to a Big Boy and park in the serve lot with a car hop.....Big Boy .45 cents......Sorry!!
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200 meters from Rt 66-a stretch that goes thru Waynesville Missouri-stops at Buckhorn Missouri. It was just north (a couple of miles I guess) of the main gate.
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The tv show stars were Martin Milner and George Maharis. Seems the show ran in the early 60s
It ran from 1960-1964. Maharis left in 1963 and was replaced by Glenn Corbett. Of course, that Corvette was one of the stars too...

Route 66 (TV Series 1960–1964) - IMDb

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