Route 66 Historic District Amarillo is the mid-point of The Mother Road (so named by John Steinbeck in “The Grapes of Wrath”)--the famous 2,448-mile road known as Route 66 that runs between Santa Monica and Chicago, crosses eight states, and passes through three time zones. It is also the largest Texas city on the route. Here, Route 66 is now Amarillo Boulevard. Do take time to get off the ol’ super-slab interstate freeway and check it out.
|Route 66 Historic District in Amarillo, Texas|
The U.S. Route 66 Historic District here is a mile-long stretch of the road that features clubs, shops, and restaurants. Favorites include the Nat Ballroom, which is presently an antique store, and the Golden Light Café, where you can get a good hamburger. Only three neon signs are left, and none work. The extended route along Amarillo Boulevard is almost all mom and pop motels now, along with plenty of good Thai restaurants (but also a few working girls and crack houses), and more than 40 languages are spoken along the route.
It is claimed that more people have recorded “Get Your Kicks on Route 66” than any other song.
Stops Along Route 66
●Lile Art Gallery 2719 SW 6th Ave. (Old Route 66), (806) 664-3089. This gallery displays the work of local artists as well as owner Bob “Crocodile” Lile’s exclusive line of cadilite jewelry made from the paint layers that peel off the town’s famous Cadillacs. A lovely Australian Shepard, Lady, keeps watch at the door. Lady likes to greet people and is especially fond of little girls.
|Bob "Crocodile" Lile and dog Lady in doorway of Lile Art Gallery on Route 66 Historic District in Amarillo, Texas|
|Bob "Crocodile" Lile's work table at Lile Art Gallery on Route 66 Historic District in Amarillo, Texas|
|cadilite jewelry at Lile Art Gallery on Route 66 Historic District in Amarillo, Texas|
●Magnolia Station 201 S. Main St. Free. This old-time gas station (known as a filling station in the good old days)--was restored by the city.
|historic Magnolia Station on Route 66 Historic District in Vega, Texas|
●Milburn-Price Culture Museum 1005 Coke St. Free. Learn area history and view some interesting artifacts, including an original 1923 model T “Lizzy” parked out front.
|longhorn statue outside Milburn-Price Culture Museum on Route 66 Historic District in Vega, Texas|
●Oldham County Courthouse This classic revival building dates to 1915. The original hipped roof was removed in 1967.
●MidPoint Cafe and Gift Shop 305 W. Historic Route 66, in Adrian, (806) 538-6379. Daily 8:30am-5pm. Located at the exact midpoint of the Route 66 journey, this cafe measures 1,139 miles to starting points in L.A. and Chicago and makes the perfect stop for refreshment. Because the pies are made fresh daily on site, they are really good--I had a chocolate cream that was divine. Patrons can help themselves to a coke from the fridge and pay at the counter. Comfy booths and a swivel-stool counter are among the seating options. And the gift shop is loaded with souvenir items that you might actually want.
|sign in front of MidPoint Cafe on Route 66 Historic District in Adrian, Texas|
|interior of MidPoint Cafe on Route 66 Historic District in Adrian, Texas|
|chocolate cream pie at MidPoint Cafe on Route 66 Historic District in Adrian, Texas|
●Triangle Motel 7954 Amarillo Blvd. East. This motel was constructed of hand-cut bricks in 1945. Before it closed in 1970, the center court once held a nice garden, picnic tables, and a children’s playground. Now it is just a dusty mess waiting for the new owners--Alan McNeil & his Mom Maryann McNeil--to bring it back to life.
|exterior of old Triangle Motel on Route 66 Historic District in Amarillo, Texas|
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