Old Route 66 in Arizona:

Winslow to Flagstaff




I40 Exit 239: Meteor City

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"World's Longest Map of U.S. Route 66." Originally painted by artist Robert Waldmire, but since repainted (reported gone in January 2014). Note geodesic dome gift shop in background.


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World's Largest Dream-catcher?



I40 Exit 233: Meteor Crater Road

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The Meteor Crater Observatory opened in this building in the late 1930's, only to close a few years later. It was reopened in 1946 by Dr. Harvey H. Nininger, a pioneer in the scientific study of meteorites. For a small fee, visitors could climb the tower and look through a telescope at the rim of Meteor Crater, 6 miles to the south. The facility, which also housed the American Meteorite Museum, finally closed in 1953. The ruins are easily visible from Interstate 40, just southeast of Exit 233.


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A side trip will take you to the actual Meteor Crater for a close-up view. Despite the "National Natural Landmark" sign and the brown "ranger" uniforms, Meteor Crater is a privately owned tourist attraction; an admission fee is charged.



I40 Exit 230: Two Guns

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In the 1950's, in addition to this service station, the tourist stop at Two Guns included a store, cafe, and motel. Now the extensive ruins lie abandoned.

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Among the attractions for the tourists was a menagerie of caged animals.


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"Indian cliff dwellings," with rickety bridges over deep gorges.


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Stone ruin and old Route 66 bridge over Canyon Diablo.


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Giant cowboy (with two guns) and mountain man painted on water towers at the abandoned 1970's-era campground.



I40 Exit 219: Twin Arrows

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The giant twin arrows attracted the attention of travelers on the
highway -- but later fell into disrepair. Photo taken: July 2008
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The arrows were beautifully restored in the summer of 2009.
Photo taken: April 2010

To see more photos of the restored arrows, take a side trip to my Giant Arrows page.

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Twin arrows included a service station, cafe and trading post.

To see more photos of Valentine Diners, take a side trip to my Valentine Diners page.



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Old bridge west of Winona.


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Last visited: July 2008.

Standard disclaimer: Sites are described for entertainment purposes only, as they were at the time of my last visit. I can not vouch for the current condition of the site or its accessibility.


Revised: April 19, 2014
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