Anthony Reichardt recently uploaded more videos to YouTube from his travels on Route 66 during the early to mid-1990s in a 1959 Cadillac.
At the least, the videos are valuable for historic reasons. Some of the places Reichardt visited have disappeared or changed radically.
The first video is a chat with Glaida Funk of Funks Grove Maple Sirup near Shirley, Illinois. The business, which is one of the oldest in Illinois, has changed little over the years and remains in the same family.
Another place that’s little-changed over the last two-plus decades is the Ariston Cafe in Litchfield, Illinois, still operated by Nick Adam.
One place that has changed is the so-called World’s Largest McDonald’s on Interstate 44 near Vinita, Oklahoma. It underwent a much-needed renovation a few years ago. Renamed the Will Rogers Archway, it now contains a Subway and a few other businesses. It went through several other restaurants since it was built in 1957.
More videos may be viewed on Reichardt’s YouTube channel here. Reichardt still owns the Cadillac, although it hasn’t been driven since 2001. He aims to get it running again.
(Image of the Ariston Cafe in Litchfield, Illinois, by Maggie via Flickr)