By Diana Blidy
This 189-mile stretch of Route 66 through Texas is the second shortest length of highway after Kansas. Below is a list of ten stops in Texas you might find interesting:
- Leaning Water Tower: Located in Groom, Texas, this water tower was once functioning until slated for demolition. Purchased by a local business man, the tower was repurposed to become a truck stop.
- VW Slug Bug Ranch: Five Volkswagen Beetles lay nose-down in the ground in Conway, Texas, for passersby to enjoy on Route 66.
- Palo Duro Canyon State Park: Located just off Route 66, this state park follows the same trails used by Native Americans, pioneers and explorers and is a popular, 25,000 acre park.
- Big Texan Steak Ranch: Amarillo, Texas, is home to this “must stop” steakhouse, with its typically Texan, white-stretch limos (featuring huge longhorn hood ornaments) parked outside.
- Cadillac Ranch: Subject of many films and music videos, this site in Amarillo, Texas, boasts ten up-ended Cadillacs which are nose-down in the ground.
- Rt. 66 Midpoint Sign: Traveling East to West on Route 66, this midpoint sign marker is located in Adrian, Texas and sits directly opposite the Midpoint Café-one of the oldest continually operating cafes on Route 66.
- The Conoco Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café: Located in Shamrock, Texas, the 100-foot, art deco tower was built in 1936. It was once lit by colorful neon lights until a store damaged the lights.
- Devils Rope Museum: Located in McLean, Texas, this museum explores the history of Devil’s Rope, commonly known as barbed wire, as it relates to the expansion of cattle ranching in Texas.
- The Giant Cross: Standing 190 feet tall, the giant cross in Groom, Texas, is visible for up to 20 miles. Surrounding the base of the cross are life-sized statures of the 14 Stations of the Cross.
- Glenrio Historic Site: Located on the state line of Texas and New Mexico, this ghost town is sort of a graveyard of yesteryear. No residents or businesses remain but it’s a photographer’s treasure of abandoned buildings, old cars and antique signs.