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Found: The Original "Radiator Springs"
January 26, 2013
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frank
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The first town to suffer the fate of bypassed "Radiator Springs" along Route 66 has finally been identified.  And it only took 85 years.

The fictional "Radiator Springs" from the "Cars" movies fell victim to an Interstate Highway.  But the very real town of Depew Oklahoma was cut off the road in 1928 as the Model T era was ending.  

Departments of Transportation and historical maps from all eight Route 66 states now confirm Depew was the first incorporated town or city on the Mother Road to be entirely bypassed.

The town, about halfway between Tulsa and Oklahoma City, has a Main Street that resembles "Radiator Springs"–without the neon.  There's a well-restored mid-1920s gas station, the lone road-related structure.  

More information is available through the Yahoo Route 66 e-group, and at https://www.route66news.com.  A gallery of Depew images is at https://www.rt66pix.com. 

Depew is about halfway between the Blue Whale of Catoosa and Pops in Arcadia OK.  This is the Route 66 "Cars Corridor," beginning with Tow Tater in Galena KS, and extending through OK and into TX.  Beside the stops above, there are three well-regarded Oklahoma museums, plus the U-Drop Inn in Shamrock TX and Cadillac Ranch outside Amarillo TX. 

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