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Historic Route 66 in Arizona
Arizona has two great sections of the original Route 66, one from just
west of Ash Fork to Kingman and the other from Kingman to Topock via Oatman
(wild Burros, what Burros?).
North Frontage Road, I-40, exit 359
The sign says this is the biggest teepee in the southwest, well
it is 60 feet tall and packed full of interesting stuff.
Old Route 66
This is a difficult site to reach because of restricted access.
We took an NPS "Route 66 Relics" tour in 2015.
Painted Desert / Petrified
The east entrance to Petrified Forest and the Painted Desert
is located at I-40, exit 311. The Visitor Center is just before
the park gate. The original 66 ran straight through the park.
811 W. Hopi Dr.
A large teepee once stood where the office is today and served as
the office for the motel and a Texaco gas station. The pumps were
about where the canopy extends to today.
South side of I-40 at exit 269
Signs like this led the way to the Jack Rabbit Trading Post on Route
66 for an untold number of travelers, and it is still open!
La Posada Hotel
303 E. 2nd Street
The La Posada Harvey House Hotel was built in 1929. Architect Mary
Colter designed the hotel and adjacent Santa Fe Railroad depot complex.
on a Corner Park
Kingsley at W. 2nd St.
The mural includes some of the lyrics in the Eagles song "Take
It Easy". The small park includes an eagle in a window and
a lady in a flatbed Ford truck.
City: Meteor Crater
I-40 Exit 233
This is the biggest hole in the ground of it's kind along Route
66. And there's a space capsule here too!
Arrows Trading Post
I-40, exit 219.
This was formerly Canyon Padre Trading Post and dates back to the
late 1940s. It consisted of a Mobil gas station, store and cafe.
Miz Zip's Cafe
2924 Historic Route 66
Miz Zip's has been a long time favorite of Route 66 travelers for
decades. The sign features a huge burger and pie.
Parks in the
Pines General Store
12963 Old Route 66, Parks, AZ
Located on Old Route 66 just shortly after the pavement begins
again. Coming from the east on the old road you've just left the
gravel road that runs thru Brannigan Park.
Canyon Motel & RV
1900 E Rodeo Rd
The former Kaibab Motor Lodge / Canyon Motel lets
you stay in a cozy cabin, an old caboose, your RV, or a tent,
choices, choices, choices!
Fray Marcus Harvey
235 N Grand Canyon Blvd.
Home to the Grand Canyon Railway & Motel the historic
1908 Fray Marcus Harvey House & Williams Depot. Take the train
to the Grand Canyon from here.
Fork: DeSoto Salon
341 Lewis Ave.
DeSoto's Salon in an old Texaco station is a fixture on Route 66
in Ash Fork. The 1960 DeSoto on the roof might be part of the reason.
22265 W. Old Highway 66
Angel Delgadillo is considered by many to be the father of Historic
Route 66. The gift shop here is packed with Route 66 goodies.!
Hackberry General Store
11255 E HWY 66
This is one of the most popular stops on the original Route 66 between
Ash Fork and Kingman. The old gas pumps out front are just for looks,
no gas is sold here.
1440 E. Andy Devine Ave.
The El Trovatore Motel is the former El Trovatore Autel Court that
opened in 1939. It started with 30 units, another 24 units were
120 W. Andy Devine Ave.
The Historic Desert Power & Water Company Electric Power Plant
now houses the Route 66 Visitor Center and an electric car collection
and more. It's a great stop!
Mr D'z Route 66 Diner
105 E. Andy Devine Ave.
Located right across the street from the Powerhouse and Route 66
Museum in what was once a 1938 Shell station and the Kimo Cafe.
Springs: Cool Springs Station
The gas station and cafe building have been renovated, but the
cabins are gone. There were at least two cabins on the east side
(right side in this photo).
Camp: Ed's Camp
Lowell "Ed" Edgarton built Ed's Camp in 1919 as a sort
of one stop shop offering gas, food, cabins and camping for people
traveling through the area.
The "wild" Burros are a huge attraction in Oatman, they
may be the main attraction. The Burro's tend to keep "bankers
Hours" though, so get there during the mid morning or early
afternoon at the latest.
Old Trails Bridge
Located just east of the Colorado River and north of I-40 on the
Oatman-Topock Hwy. From Exit 1 heading north you get a peek of the
old Colorado River bridge to Topock / Golden Shores on the way to
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