Thanks to a Route 66er on Facebook, I stumbled onto the Blue Miller’s Never Quite Lost weblog, which takes deep historical dives into assorted landmarks on Route 66.
Never Quite Lost — subtitled “The Road Goes On Forever” — launched in November 2015. New posts arrive every few months or so, but they almost always are assiduously researched.
In fact, Miller dug up a few facts I didn’t know:
— The ruins of a stone Conoco station between Luther and Arcadia, Oklahoma, have been widely reported as the site of a 1930s counterfeiting operation in the station’s secret back room. However, Miller says no record exists of such a scheme occurring there. No evidence exists of a secret room, and a 1940 photograph of the station apparently was shot after it allegedly closed after the police supposedly raided it. Miller surmises the counterfeiting tale is a myth.
— The oft-photographed 1968 Pontiac Catalina car parked in front of a long-abandoned Texaco station in the ghost town of Glenrio, Texas, once was owned by Larry Lee Travis, a Glenrio resident murdered in 1976 while running a gas station in Adrian, Texas. Travis’ car has been parked ever since near the residence of his widow, Roxann.
— Twin Arrows in Arizona once featured two anatomically correct statues in addition to its better-known pair of giant arrows. Alas, no photographic evidence exists of the former’s nether regions.
The blog also contains posts about
- Bert’s Country Dancing honky-tonk in Valentine, Arizona;
- Hinton Junction near Bridgeport, Oklahoma;
- Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Arizona;
- Bell’s Motel in Kingman, Arizona;
- Regal Reptile Ranch in Texas and Oklahoma;
- Fort Courage in eastern Arizona
- Meteor City Trading Post west of Winslow, Arizona
- 11th Street Bridge in Tulsa
- Club Cafe in Santa Rosa, New Mexico
- Henning Motel in Newberry Springs, California
- Jack Rittenhouse, author of 1946’s “A Guide Book to Highway 66”
- Rattlesnake Trading Post in Bluewater, New Mexico; Box Canyon Trading Post near the Arizona / New Mexico line; and Cobra Gardens near Grants, New Mexico.
Other posts exist about non-Route 66 landmarks or ghost towns. But the vast majority of stories are from the Mother Road.
(Hat tip to Gar Engman; image of the old gas station between Luther and Arcadia, Oklahoma, by Marcin Wichary via Flickr)