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Welcome to Pics On Route 66! Pics On Route 66 is an ongoing personal project of professional photographer David J. Schwartz. David's studio and gallery which currently has on display over 50 images of Route 66 is located in The Little Italy Arts District near University Circle, Cleveland Ohio. Our hours vary so please call to make sure we will be available when you stop by. (216) 269-2625

Return to Twin Arrows

Twin Arrows Arizona will always hold a special in my heart. It was actually the first location I ever photographed on Route 66 back in 2004.

Twin Arrows 2004

The weathered Twin Arrows in 2004

Post 2004, I was realizing a dream of traveling the mother road that started way back in 1989 because of the Depeche Mode cover of Bobby Troup’s tribute to the Mother Road. I would sit back and listen, imagining traveling the old highway. As my mind’s eye set off dwelling on the few images that I has seen of 66, creating from the elements of architecture and design of places I had seen in my childhood in my home town. I was amazed as kid by googie style architecture, neon signs and traveling lights. The idea of the open vintage road seemed to be the last great American frontier to me. Freedom! Not knowing what or who was around the next corner. Something different in every town, a new experience and a different landscape. With that first stop over at Twin Arrows to photograph the old weathered arrows that stood there as an example of time that had passed but still stood to shed light into those days of yesteryear.

Fast forward 8 Route 66 trips later. Twin Arrows was our first planned stop over from Phoenix to Flagstaff to Adrian then back west all the way to Santa Monica. This visit was the first time I laid eyes on the restored arrows. It was an awesome experience to be there again. Yvona was actually visiting her first Route 66 location, which had not been planned for the trip but just worked out that way.  Now she is hooked too!  Not a day goes by in my life that I don’t think about Route 66, I’m always longing for my “Mother Road”

-David Schwartz


Twin Arrows Valentine Diner, Twin Arrows Arizona, Route 66

Signage on the Twin Arrows Valentine Diner

Detail of the Twin Arrows, Twin Arrows Arizona, Route 66

Detail of the Twin Arrows, Twin ArrowsTwin Arrows Trading Post, Twin Arrows Arizona, Route 66 

Out Building at Twin Arrows Trading

Twin Arrows Trading Post, Twin Arrows Arizona, Route 66

The Trading Post at Twin Arrows on Route 66






Devil’s Elbow Bridge Missouri Route 66

Devil's Elbow Bridge Route 66

Devil’s Elbow Bridge Route 66 Missouri

shot this image back in 2011 on the way to the Route 66 festival in Joplin. I just finished finding my composition and I had to move because a truck was coming. So I dropped a coin to mark off for my tripod and moved to allow the truck to pass. It passed and I reset the camera. The moment my eye came back into frame this dog came running across the Devils Elbow Bridge, hopped in the back of the pick up truck and the truck drove off. It was truly one of those moments where everything just comes together.

Devil’s Elbow bridge was constructed in 1923 and was part of Missouri Route 14. It crosses the Big Piney River, in Pulaski County Missouri. It’s on an original alignment of Route 66 that was bypassed in 1941.

Robert Delgadillo Pulls The Famous Snow Cap Mustard Bottle Trick

Robert Delgadillo Portrait at The Snow Cap Drive In

Photo: Robert Delgadillo pulls The Snow Cap Restaurant famous mustard bottle trick. On Route 66 In Seligman Arizona

This is my favorite photo, from my first Route 66 trip back in 2004.  I was still shooting film back then.  Robert Delgadillo at The Snow Cap Drive-In pulled his father Juan’s famous mustard bottle trick on me.  He asked “Would you like mustard with that?”  I replied “yes” and he hit me with what I though was mustard, that really made me jump.  I asked if he could do it again so I could create a photo.  One frame was all I took.  I didn’t want to hold up the line and bug him to repeatedly do it.  For the rest of the trip I prayed that the image turned out.

When I got back to the darkroom a few weeks later, naturally this was the first roll of film I processed, and created a contact sheet.  When I pulled out the loop and looked at the contacts, I couldn’t believe my eyes, I couldn’t have done better if I took 100 shots!  From there, I had the negative scanned and the only the only photoshop work was coloring in the mustard bottle and string to make it pop.

To this day It’s still one of my favorite 66 images I’ve created.  Sadly, when I returned 2 years later with a print for Robert, I arrived to find that he had just passed away.  However, I left several prints for The Delgadillo family. They have expressed that it’s their favorite images of Robert.  It makes me so happy to have created an image that his family treasures.  One of the prints actually hangs in the window of The Snow Cap on the west side of the building.

I always look forward to my visit to the Snow Cap, it’s one of the most original and quirkiest places on Route 66. The tradition has been carried on by next 2 generations of Delgadillos that started with Juan Delgadillo started way back in 1954.

In Support of Cadillac Ranch

Cadillac Ranch

Cadillac Ranch Westside of Amarillo Texas of of I40 and Route 66

I’ve never stood at Stonehenge, but I have been to Cadillac Ranch. Where the wind blows hard and you can feel the ghosts of people driving old automobiles, moving their way to the belly of California from different time periods and for different reasons.  Cadillac Ranch is located west of Amarillo Texas, just off of the east bound lane of Interstate 40, near Old Route 66 .

Cadillac Ranch pays homage to some of the greatest American automobiles and the freedom of the open road; it celebrates what’s around the next corner. It provides a opportunity to stop and put your mark on an ever-changing piece of art created by travelers of the world. In fact, visitors are encouraged to bring spray paint and add their own creative works. How many places do you ever go where you may legally leave your mark?

Cadillac Ranch was created in 1974 by a group artists called The Ant Farm.  They collaborated with Amarillo Texas’ eccentric millionaire and prankster Stanley Marsh 3. Cadillac Ranch consists of 10 vintage Cadillacs placed facing west, buried nose first 8 feet into the ground at matching angles.  The ten Cadillacs include a 1949 Club Coupe, 1950 Series 62, 1954 Coupe de Ville, 1956 Series 62, 1957 Sedan, 1958 Sedan, 1959 Coupe, 1960 Sedan, 1962 4 window sedan, and a 1963 Sedan.  This selection of Cadillacs represent the rise and fall of the tail fin in the Cadillac design, which in my opinion are some of the most interesting rear end car designs ever.

Due to recent allegations brought against Stanley on Marsh 3 for sexually abusing teenage boys, some citizens of Amarillo and Anthony G. Buzbee, who brought the allegations against Marsh. They are suggesting that Cadillac Ranch be torn down; you can read more of the story on Route 66 News.

Cadillac Ranch must not be torn down! It stands as a monument to the American road and the traveler, not as a monument to one of it’s several creators. Most people who visit Cadillac Ranch have no idea who Stanley Marsh 3 is and his connection to Cadillac Ranch. So in support of Cadillac Ranch, I say “Leave Cadillac Ranch be”!

Cadillac Ranch is listed on National Geographic’s Top 10 U.S. Roadside Attractions.  It’s been featured in songs, videos, and numerous movies. In Disney-Pixar’s “Cars”, Cadillac Ranch was the backdrop for Radiator Springs, an imaginary small town on Route 66. Here’s a great clip from Cars on You tube. This clip tells the story of Route 66 and depicts the ranch as the Cadillac Mountain Range. Take Lighting McQueen’s advise at the end: “It’s kinda nice to slow down every once in a while.”  Take it nice and slow down Route 66!


4th Annual Waterloo Alley Cat Fundraiser Live Music and Silent Auction, including Pics On Route 66 Limited Edition Print.

Debbie Ward Gulyas Waterloo Alley Cat Project Project Poster

Debbie Ward Gulyas Waterloo Alley Cat Project Project Poster

Next Friday, February 15th 2013, The Beachland Ballroom Hosts the 4th Annual Waterloo Alley Cat Project Fundraiser. All proceeds go to benefit The Waterloo Alley Cat Project a grassroots effort that cares for abandoned and feral cats in the Waterloo Road area of Cleveland, Ohio. So far to date they have spayed and neutered over 150 cats, they work to find homes for cats and manage 3 healthy cat colonies. Their efforts not only benefit our feline friends, but help improve the Waterloo neighborhood environmentally and visually. Waterloo is an up and coming arts district in Cleveland with great concert venues, galleries, restaurants and vintage shops. The district hosts many historical buildings and vintage signs it’s a true slice of americana.

The Beachland host the silent auction from 7-9 pm items include art, jewelry, collectables and gift certificates from local restaurants and merchants. The Ghoul (Ernie Anderson, Cleveland’s own wacky late night horror TV host from  ”The Ghoul Show” from the 1970′s, that ran in syndication in San Francisco, LA, Cleveland, Detroit. I’m looking forward to seeing this guy in person, he will be pretty interesting for sure!

From 9pm-12am The Beachland hosts performances from Little Bighorn, Jimmy Ohio, Inferno and DJ Jake Kelly.

One of the items featured in silent auction is Pics On Route 66′s latest print “’51 Pontiac At The Blue Swallow”  It’s a 16X20 Matted 10.5X15 Limited Edition Giclée print of The most famous motel on Route 66The Blue Swallow.

"51 Pontiac At The Blue Swallow

image © David J. Schwartz Pics On Route 66

The print is #2 of 150 signed by the artist David J. Schwartz.  The retail price is $175.00.  This is an excellent opportunity to pick up a piece of the Pics On Route collection and help an excellent cause at the same time.  Pics On Route 66 Limited Edition Giclée Prints are available by contacting us here.

So come on out to the Beachland Ballroom next Friday night for a good time and a great cause!  Admission is $5.00 or bring an offering of cat food and get in for $3.00.