We've finished up Arizona today, 178 miles. The weather has warmed up a bit
but the wind is following us everywhere.
Our first stop was in Seligman where we visited the Sno Cap Drive-In Diner,
this has got to be one of the wackiest places we've seen, see the pics under
day 15 in my Flickr link. We were the only ones in town until 5 tourist buses
loaded with none other than tourists embarked on this small town, heading into
the gift shops in droves. We asked one of the girls behind the counter and
she said don't worry, in 20 minutes they'll load back up and head out of town.
I guess this happens quite frequently which is good for the town, the foreign
visitors love Route 66. One of the highlights was Angel Delgadillo. Angel has
lived in Seligman all his life, he is 81 years old, a retired barber who occasionally
still cuts hair. He is the founder of the Route 66 Association in Arizona and was
instrumental in lobbying the Arizona Legislature to preserve Route 66 as a
historical highway. After the Interstate bypassed Seligman in 1978, he watched
his town almost die a slow death. Seligman joined the list of death-row towns
condemned by the very brand of progress that originally energized them - a new,
faster highway system. Businesses closed, people left, buildings decayed.
Angel is the "Guardian Angel" for Route 66. So not only did he talk with
us about this but he also gave Jim and our traveling buddy Paul a hair cut.
Nex up was the Hackberry General Store and Visitor center, with lots of
old gas pumps, a sweet red 1956 Corvette out front, and plenty of
In Kingman there was the Route 66 museum, offering a look into what
it was like to travel the route in the early years.
In Cool Springs, the 1926 store and camp burned to the ground in 1966, it
was restored and used a movie set for "Universal Soldier" with Van Damme.
Not much was left after that so it has been restored again, the owner is
continuing the restoration to bring it totally back to its original look. Then came
the ride into Oatman, with the mountain curves and switchbacks that make
driving exciting. Oatman has wild burros running around town begging
carrots from anyone who buys a bag. It also has the 1902 Oatman Hotel
where Gable and Lombard stayed on their honeymoon in 1939. In the early 60's
How the West Was Won was filmed in Oatman. On to Needles for the night.