Anthony Reichardt recently uploaded several more videos from his Route 66 trips during the 1990s in a 1959 Cadillac.
Reichardt’s videos often hold historical value, as many are more than a quarter-century old. It’s interesting to see how the Mother Road has changed. His YouTube channel of 60 videos is here.
The first video compiles five visits to the Round Barn of Arcadia, Oklahoma. The first clip from 1992 proves notable because it’s less than six months after the barn was restored by local volunteers after its roof collapsed.
The Round Barn of Arcadia, built in 1898, has become one of the most-photographed landmarks on Route 66.
On the other hand, the Dixie Truckers Home in McLean, Illinois, has gone through several changes over the last 25 years, including new owners.
The Dixie, built in 1928, soldiered on as a 24-hour business for decades — even after a devastating fire in 1965. But financial troubles and other turmoil prompted the Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame to move from the Dixie to new digs in downtown Pontiac, Illinois, in 2003. The truck stop changed ownership several times; it now is a Road Ranger.
Finally Ted Drewes Frozen Custard in St. Louis has changed little since Reichardt visited it in 1995. It remains in the same building off Chippewa Street (aka Route 66), and its custard continues to delight customers as it has since 1929.
(Image of the Round Barn in 2012 by el-toro via Flickr)