Postcards From The Road
Then and Now
|Route 66, west of Bristow, OK|
Closed, unless you have dreams...
Traveling Route 66 is a study in contrasts. It is a wake-up call, a nostalgic
lump in the throat, a moment of joy, a frustrated shake of the head, a tear in
the eye. No two miles elicit the same emotions. Around every turn,
something is either coming or going, experiencing the cycle of life. Nowhere
is this more evident than in the structures along the Mother Road. Some will
never change. Others are gone forever. Most are somewhere in between.
Here are some Route 66 places, mostly motels, caught in the act of living or
dying. Compare the old with the new and make your own decisions.
|Skylark Motel -- Then
||Skylark Motel -- Now|
|Skylark Motel, St. Clair, MO |
Now an Elks Club.
|Cotton Boll Motel -- Then
||Cotton Boll Motel -- Now|
|Cotton Boll Motel, Canute, OK |
The beautiful sign remains; the motel is abandoned.
|Log Cabin Lodge -- Then
||Log Cabin Lodge -- Now|
|Log Cabin Lodge, Albuquerque, NM |
What was once in a country setting is now in a
bustling city. Cabins, miraculously, remain, but are hemmed in by billboards, structures,
and a busy roadway. (Razed since this writing, I understand.)
|Rest Haven Court -- Then
||Rest Haven Court -- Now|
|Rest Haven Court, Springfield, MO |
A breath of fresh air. Owners have kept the
motel open, clean, inviting. The beautiful sign remains. Gaps between individual
buildings have been filled in, but otherwise little has changed.
|Star Courts -- Then
||Star Courts -- Now|
|Star Courts, Yukon, OK |
No longer tidy, the big tree long gone, Star Courts appear to
be being used as transient apartments. The signboard remains, but the letters have faded.
|Rock Fountain Court -- Then
||Rock Fountain Court -- Now|
|Rock Fountain Court, Springfield, MO |
Although the name has been changed to the
Melinda Court, the basic structure of the intersting stone cabins has not changed a bit.
Although it does not look prosperous, it appears that the Rock Fountain is open, possibly
for long-term transients.
|Desert Hills Motel -- Then
||Desert Hills Motel -- Now|
|Desert Hills Motel, Tulsa, OK |
The sign is the same, but the priorities are different.
Back then, refrigerated air and TV were big draws. Today it’s free HBO and local calls,
|66 Motel -- Now|
66 Motel, Tulsa, OK
Torn down in 2000. Current property owners are building a warehouse on the land, but plan to display the old motel sign.
|Gas Station -- Now|
Gas Station, Afton, OK
Was on National Register, but has been razed. Only two vintage stations remain in Afton, where there were once a dozen. One is being turned into a Route 66 Visitors Center (see Afton Station Project
|Green Country Inn -- Now|
Green Country Inn, w. of Vinita, OK
Restored, reopened, then closed again. A restoration project that failed. It is now residential “apartments”.
|66 Cafe -- Now|
66 Cafe, Afton, OK
Burned summer of 1999, owner forced to move restaurant off of Route 66. Building now used as an auction company office.
|Brookhaven Court -- Now|
Brookhaven Court, e. of Tulsa, OK
Sign remains, and a few small buildings
on private property now.
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