Here's a site that truly illustrates the flavor of the road. Trucks and food. Leaving Springfield, this can be a worthy stop to more than truckers.
Check out this old rustic sign for Art's Motel, off the main highway in Farmersville. Though this is a peach of an old marquee, rumors are the lodging accommodation leave much to be desired for.
Route 66 Sign
Next stop, Litchfield. Home to many Route 66 treasures.
While in Litchfield, stop by the Ariston Cafe. In business since 1924, the Ariston is one of the noteworthy treasures of the old road, both in publications and in the minds of hungry travelers of the Mother Road. Best of all, this old road stop is still in business.
Traveling down the main 66 road in Litchfield, you can't help but see the Vic Suhling Gas for Less marquee. This standout sign clearly overshadows the building itself. Not sure if a gas station is actually there.
Route 66 Cafe
The Route 66 Cafe stands near to the Ariston. In fact, it's just down the street. This cafe opened for business in the 30's and is still going strong.
Still an open-air drive-in theatre, the Sky View Drive-in sits prominently off the intersection off the interstate. This drive-in shows movies in the summer and is off in the winter.
The Marvel Theatre is an old movie house in the middle of downtown Carlinville. This old theatre still shows movies and is located on an older alignment of Route 66.
Also on this older alignment of the 66, the Diana Drive-in Theatre on the outskirts of town unfortunately no longer shows first run movies. In fact, the last picture show closed some time ago, and the lot is becoming overrun with brush.
Henry's Rabbit Ranch
An old gas station site, Henry's Rabbit Ranch in Staunton still features the old pumps and signage from yesteryear.
Henry's Rabbit Ranch is another of the whimsical stops along the Mother Road, featuring a bunny image similar to the Jackrabbit Trading Post, with the spoof "Hare It Is!", a play on the Jackrabbit's legendary "Here It Is" sign.
This massive marquee off the old road can be seen for quite a distance. Just another ghost sign that brings back memories of what once was, off Route 66.
This next stop if a little ways of the 66 path, but it's certainly worthy a stop. Even in pouring rain.
Yes, here's the self proclaimed World's Largest Catsup Bottle of Collinsville, IL. This huge Brooks Catsup Bottle was built in 1949 and was saved from a grim fate by the Catsup Bottle Preservation Group.
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