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Launching Pad Drive-In & Gemini Giant, Wilmington

Launching Pad Drive-In & Gemini Giant, Wilmington

Situated in the small town of Wilmington, the launching Pad Drive-In has been feeding Route 66 travelers since it first opened it’s doors in 1960. The colourful interior has had a recent makeover courtesy of new owners Tully and Holly and makes the diner an inviting stop between Chicago and Springfield. Recent posts on social… Read More

Lauterbach Giant, Springfield

Lauterbach Giant, Springfield

This gent is the last of the three Illinois “brothers” and sits proudly at the entrance to the Lauterbach’s Tire and Auto Service on the north side of Wabash Street. In 2006 he was sadly decapitated by a twister but thankfully now, due to some macabre bolts in his chest, stands proud once more!   Read More

Leaning Water Tower, Groom

Leaning Water Tower, Groom

Originally a functioning water tower and slated for demolition, the leaning water tower was bought by Ralph Britten and moved to serve as a sign for his truck stop and tourist information center. This truck stop can still be seen, set back off the road behind the tower, now boarded up and in disrepair. The… Read More

Lincoln’s Tomb, Springfield

Lincoln’s Tomb, Springfield

Lincoln’s tomb is situated in the Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield. In 1960 the Tomb was designated a National Historic Landmark and automatically featured on the National Register of Historic Places. The interior consists of highly polished marble trimmed with bronze and features statues and excerpts from Lincoln’s most memorable speeches. The 117 foot tomb is… Read More

Lou Mitchell’s, Chicago, Illinois

Lou Mitchell’s, Chicago, Illinois

Lou Mitchell’s restaurant has earned it’s nickname “the first stop on the Mother Road” due it’s huge popularity with Route 66 roadies. Many folks stop at Lou Mitchell’s for a good breakfast and a caffeine injection prior to heading off on their Route 66 adventure. The restaurant is known for it’s quality food and generous… Read More

Lucille’s Roadhouse, Weatherford

Lucille’s Roadhouse, Weatherford

Lucille’s Roadhouse is inspired by the original Lucille’s historic gas station not so far down the road near Hydro, Oklahoma, including the vintage gas pumps just outside the entrance. The Route 66 themed restaurant is designed in the style of a 1950’s diner complete with brightly colored motifs, colored lighting, glass bricks and polished chrome.… Read More

Lucille’s Gas Station, Hydro

Lucille’s Gas Station, Hydro

Lucille Hamon operated this little gas station from 1941 to 2000 and was often referred to as the “Mother of the Mother Road” due to her hospitality to Route 66 travelers. It’s since been restored and a marker now tells the story of Lucille and her family. A great photo opportunity for all driving Route… Read More

Meramec Caverns, Stanton

Meramec Caverns, Stanton

The Meramec Caverns have been allowing road weary travellers to cool off in their 7.4km cavern system since 1935. The original owner of the attraction, Lester B. Dill, actually invented the bumper sticker as a means of promoting the caverns! In 1960, Meramec Caverns began to rent billboard space in the caverns. The owners claimed… Read More

Mesalands Dinosaur Museum, Tucumcari

Mesalands Dinosaur Museum, Tucumcari

This 10,000 square foot exhibit hall displays dinosaur skeletons, bronze representations of dinosaurs and fossils, and replicas of prehistoric creatures. There is also plenty of original artwork on display throughout the exhibit hall. The great thing about the bronze exhibits is the fact that you can get right in there and touch the exhibits. Kids… Read More

Meteor Crater, Meteor City

Meteor Crater, Meteor City

Located just minutes from Interstate 40 in Northern Arizona near Winslow, Meteor Crater is the breath-taking result of a collision between an asteroid traveling 26,000 miles per hour and planet Earth approximately 50,000 years ago. Nearly one mile across, this is the world’s best preserved meteorite impact site on Earth. This huge crater is 1,200m in… Read More