Hello and Welcome!

Thanks for visiting. Route 66 holds a place in many peoples hearts. If you have any memories or places along Route 66 you would like to add, please email me at designsbyjulieann@gmail.com If you have anything to add or share on things already posted, please feel free to leave a comment. Thanks, Julie

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Book Review: Ghostly Tales of Route 66

In October of 2008, I went to the St. Louis Route 66 Festival. One of the vendors there was Connie Wilson with some of her books. The above title caught my eye and I purchased a copy. Ms. Wilson signed the copy and was a very charming lady.

After starting to read the book, I could not put it down. I read the book in an entire setting. The tales of haunts along Route 66 is very interesting and keeps one's attention. I highly recommend this book if you are interested in haunted and paranormal subjects. In addition to being a great read, Ghostly Tales of Route 66 opens up a broader choice of places to explore while traveling Route 66.

Spring is Near...

With warmer weather coming, you'll start to notice more motorcycles on the road. You'll see more of our biker friends along Route 66.

Keep an eye out and take caution when driving so not to hit someone on a motorcycle. It will not be a moment to remember for either party.

If you're a biker and going to travel along Route 66 this year, there are some great motorcycle shops along the way you may want to check out.

Here in St. Louis, we have a great one, Doc's in Kirkwood. Doc's has been in business for over fifty years and a great member of our business community. They have a great selection of bikes and "biker gear". In addition, you can rent a bike if you so desire!

Doc's is located at the corner of Kirkwood (Lindbergh, US 67) and Big Bend Roads.

Enjoy the road and keep an eye out for our biker friends.

Happy Riding!

69th Anniversary Sturgis Rally

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Another Route 66 Festival

Coming up October 9-10, the City of Edwardsville in Illinois will be having their 13th annual Route 66 Festival.

A good time to be had for all awaits us in October. For more information, visit the official website. Mark your calendars and hope to see you there!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

When in St. Louis

A side attraction I highly recommend when traveling through St. Louis is Chuck-A-Burger. Chuck-A-Burger is a walk through the past. Great burgers that are reasonably priced. For those of you who are old enough to remember these type of places, you be headed down memory lane.

There are two locations in the area. One at 9025 St. Charles Rock Rd. in St. John and also at 3150 Elm Point Industrial in St. Charles County.

In the summer, the St. Charles location has car shows on Saturdays with some really great old cars.

When possible, support this local business and enjoy a great meal and shake. You will enjoy it thoroughly.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

This Short Story Was Submitted By My Fiancee Eric Bernabe

Thanks So Much Eric For Letting Me Share Your Story With My Readers!

I was not much on being nostalgic until I took a road trip to Las Vegas in my early twenties.

Having grandparents that lived south of Oklahoma City, every summer my family would load into the car and make the ten hour drive to spend a few weeks with them. As a child I can remember stopping along the way to eat at places that were not fast food and served a “real meal”. Reading the signs promising a good time in New Mexico and Arizona, the Blue Whale in Catoosa, my brother and I snickering every time we would see a Campbell’s Express trailer’s slogan “Humpin’ to Please”, and of course a free seventy-two ounce steak in Amarillo.

As I grew, the trips to Oklahoma became fewer as parent’s careers became hectic and I pursued the foolishness of youth. Memories of the roadside stops along the way were tucked away in the back of my mind. Years later, a new home brought about a new friend with a love for the western United States. He would tell me of the wonders of the west and all its beauty. I became intrigued and my wanderlust was stirred. Finally after “being legal” and recovering from the first bar experience I had some vacation time and some money so I decided to head west to Las Vegas and began my journey to being nostalgic and my love of Route 66.

A reintroduction to the American standards had me listening to several versions of Bobby Troupe’s song Route 66. So that was the path I was to take to Nevada’s desert oasis. Driving towards Las Vegas, I saw so many reminders of my youth that brought back fond memories of my grandparents and favorite cousins and finally seeing the sites that were advertised through Missouri and Oklahoma further down the road in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.

Years later…A little older, new fiancée and family.

My fiancée moved to St. Louis, Missouri from back east. She had heard of Route 66, but did not think much about it. Being in a tough spot in our careers after her move, we found inexpensive activities to occupy ourselves with in St. Louis. We spent many hours exploring various spots along Route 66. We instantly fell in love with anything and everything concerning Route 66.

Route 66 offers something for everyone. I would recommend to all, take some time and explore this great piece of America.

Happy Travels!


Official Route 66 Festival and Classic Car Festival

The city of Litchfield in Illinois is hosting their Sixth Annual Route 66 Festival the weekend of June 26 through June 28 2009.

Starting Friday at 5PM, there is a lot of family fun to be had all weekend. If you live nearby or will be near, I recommend taking some time and experiencing this event.

For more information, visit Litchfield's page with more information.

Be sure and look for me and my family there and say "hi"!

The following is various photos of me and my family. :)

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Route 66...Ghosts of the Mother Road

Visit the following website to find interesting articles and ghostly places to visit along the Mother Road of America!


Traveling Route 66

Route 66 has a certain mystique about it in the United States. The mother of all roads runs over two thousand miles between Chicago and Los Angeles. Built gradually in the years of the late 1950s, Route 66 is now officially named, “Historic Route 66” because of its special place in the hearts of Americans and the role it played in creation of the ethos of travel that is so pervasive in this country. From the dustbowlers to the Beatniks, this road has been a pivotal part of the nation’s cultural history. Aside from being an icon of the wandering spirit, Route 66 provides a traveler with memorable glimpses of Midwestern towns, cities, and villages. Along the way there are stretches of road that seem to go on for miles and miles without any sign of life, and then there are the areas where the roadside is bustling with activity. If you want to go on a road trip and have the time to do it right, Route 66 might be your road to take. Here is how to best get your kicks on Route 66.

There are ten places along the route that are not to be missed. The first is “exotic World”. Exotic World is the world’s only museum dedicated to the striptease guild. In this museum you will find room after room filled with relics of old striptease shows over the years.

London Bridge is located in the middle of the Arizona Desert. It was the inspiration for the children’s rhyme, “London Bridge” because it was built from the actual parts of the London Bridge in England. When the original bridge could no longer handle the heavy traffic of the city it was dissembled and shipped to Arizona.

Fifty miles west of Albuquerque there is a unique city called Acoma Pueblo. It stands atop a four-hundred foot sandstone table. It is called “Sky City” for its tremendous views. Dating back to 1150, it is one of the oldest communities in North America. In Acoma Pueblo you will find traditional adobe houses and excellent pottery. The largest Spanish colonial church in the state, San Esteban del Rey Mission, is also located in this city.

Traveling miles west you will come upon the next stop of choice, Tinkertown. Tinkertown is located in New Mexico, west of Santa Fe. Tinkertown is a collection of over one thousand carved miniature wooden figures arranged on tiny stages. There is a circus display as well as a Wild West town display to enjoy.

After Tinkertown you will be headed into Texas. The Cadillac Ranch located in Amarillo, Texas is not to be missed along the way. From your car you will see eleven Cadillac cars upended in the plains. This shrine to America’s adored vehicle was established in May of 1974 by the San Francisco-based Ant Farm artist’s and architects’ collective. All the cars were bought from local junkyards and planted into the ground. Since their initial planting there has been the expected graffiti, however, the ranch is well worth the stop.

If you want to fully appreciate the importance and history behind the road on which you travel you may want to stop at the official Route 66 museum. Located in Old Town Elk City in Oklahoma, the museum has an old pickup truck decorated in the likeness of the vehicle in the classic movie, “Grapes of Wrath,” and is full of Route 66 paraphernalia from over the years.

While you are still in Oklahoma you can stop at Will Roger’s Memorial. It is located one mile west of Claremore on a hill that overlooks the town. Will Rogers, America’s favorite cowboy, has his tomb onsite. There is a statue of dedication as well as a small museum full of paraphernalia pertaining to and from his life on the saddle.

In Missouri a great place to visit is the Meramec Caverns. These limestone caves offer interesting hikes and much history. The stalagmites and stalactites, along with the inner cavern water systems are a sight to see. Taking a tour of the caverns will offer you these views as well as a glimpse into the history associated with the caves.

Last but not least on the list of places on Route 66 is Cozy Dog in Springfield, Illinois. Cozy Dog is the drive-in restaurant where corn dogs were first made and marketed. Here you can see a small museum dedicated to the birth of this culinary treat and enjoy a dog or three—with or without chili.

The stops listed above are just suggestions on potential places to visit. Route 66 has many more interesting places to explore, but to get a real feel for the mother of all roads you should consider visiting one or two of the above mentioned sites.
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