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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

Endangered Route 66 Hazelgreen Bridge, Needs Your Help!

The Hazelgreen Bridge over The Gasconade River View 1 Route 66

Hazelgreen Bridge over The Gasconade River Route 66 Side view

The Hazelgreen Bridge over the Gasconade River between Waynesville and Lebanon, in Pulaski County Missouri needs our support.  Mid-December 2014, the bridge was closed by MoDOT after a decision that it was unsafe to travel over.  The fate of the bridge is currently undetermined.  A rally to help save the bridge was organized by Roamin’ Rich Dinkela  on December 23rd to get the attention of local, state and federal officials.  Folks from the Route 66 community, local residents and tourists came out to show their support and did indeed help raise attention .  But there is still much work to be done.  Please take a moment to sign the petition to save  The Hazelgreen Bridge over the Gasconade River on Route 66 at http://www.petitions24.com/route_66_gasconade_bridge_repair_dont_replace.

The Hazelgreen Bridge over The Gasconade River View 2

Hazelgreen Bridge Approach

 

Roamin’ Rich has started a Facebook group to raise awareness and show support of rehabilitating this fine piece of history.   Join the “Save Don’t Replace” Facebook group page, for updated info on the bridge and show your support. Roamin’ Rich has also posted a large amount of images, testimonies, documents, and government contacts, to help in the effort, on his Hooked On Route 66 Blog, which you will want to visit here.

Hazelgreen Bridge over The Gasconade River View 3 Route 66

Route 66 Hazelgreen Bridge Side View

It’s of utmost importance that we stand together to save the remaining historic bridges on Route 66 for future generations to enjoy and explore.  Route 66 is a national treasure and pulls thousands of travelers each year from all over the world to experience the history and mystique of 20th century Americana.  The bridges of Route 66 are  major contributors to the nostalgic feel as you travel down the old road.  Without the historic bridges so much of what it felt like to travel Route 66 in the mid-twentieth century would be lost.

Citing a recent success story  of a restored Route 66 bridge The 1923 Devil’s Elbow Bridge that passes over the Big Piney River.  The bridge was closed in October 2013 refurbished and reopened in May of 2014.  I visited this bridge this past August and must say that it is  quite a sight to behold.  History has been preserved and future travelers will enjoy this gem for years to come!  These are just two of the several historic bridges in Pulaski County Missouri, on Route 66,  you can read more about all of them at Pulaski County’s website.

Devil's Elbow Rocket Dog

Devil’s Elbow Bridge over The Big Piney River, Pulaski County, Missouri, Route 66

The Restored Devil's Elbow Bridge View from The East

The Restored Devil’s Elbow Bridge in Pulaski County Missouri Route 66

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

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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

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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!

 

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