A classic American car permanently parked in Adrian, TX, considered the midpoint of US Route 66 between Chicago and Los Angeles.
The owner of Red Oak II, a town relocated to a rural area near Joplin, MO. Route 66 snakes nearly 3,000 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles, passing through towns, deserts, and American nostalgia.
The Totem Pole Trading Post on US Route 66 in Southwest Missouri. Route 66 snakes nearly 3,000 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles, passing through towns, deserts, and American nostalgia.
A resident of Erick, Oklahoma, pauses during a tour of his home, filled with Route 66 nostalgia and Americana. He declared Erick "Redneck capital of the world." Erick is a semi-ghost town on Route 66 in Eastern Oklahoma.
Cadillac Ranch, West of Amarillo, is a Route 66 mainstay and also off of US I-40. A dozen Cadillacs are buried in the West Texas Prairie. Passer by are free to spray paint the cars.
A cafe doing brisk business on a summer evening in Holbrook, AZ. Holbrook is the Western gateway to Petrified Forest National Park on US Route 66.
The Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad line flirts with a large swath of US Route 66 West of Albuquerque, NM, on to Los Angeles. Freight cars head West on the double track near Gallup, NM as seen from US Route 66.
A classic American sedan is parked near a diner off of Central Avenue in Albuquerque, NM. In the background is a pawn shop. Central Ave is the local name for Route 66 in Albuquerque.
A transient man along US Route 66 in the Mojave desert near Amboy, CA with his belongings on the side of the road. The man said he was homeless and alleged he had been beaten by police in a town 40 miles away and dropped here by police. American flags decorate his belongings, held in two strollers taped together for mobility.
(Note: This man was alone in a remote part of the desert in 95 degree heat with little water, the photographer stopped to render aid and provided water, but the subject insisted they were OK)
Roy's Motel and Cafe is a Route 66 mainstay in the Mojave Desert in California. The picturesque diner, gas station, and motel is undergoing a renovation and gas is available again. Roy's is on the Route 66 alignment between Needles and Barstow.
The derelict Desert Trading Post is on the original 1920s alignment of US Route 66 in Arizona on land now closed to the public and used for grazing cattle by private owners. It is considered by Route 66 experts one of the last remaining original structures of the route, with an original 1920s bridge nearby as well. A few hundred yards from the trading post are the remains of the Lincoln Highway, the first transcontinental American road that existed before Route 66, which was all dirt.
A recently paved section of US Route 66 acts as a frontage road looking west along US Interstate 40 in the Mojave Desert of California. In the distance is Ludlow, a semi-ghost town along the BNSF railroad. Over the mountains is San Bernardino and Los Angeles.