Across the Texas Panhandle I-40 traces the same route as old U.S. Route 66 . . . the "Mother Road" that millions of Americans drove between Chicago and California from 1926 until 1985. In some areas, the old road parallels the new (as above), usually as a sort of frontage road; in other places the old road has disappeared completely.
As you drive into Texas from New Mexico on I-40, the first thing you see off in the distance is an abandoned gas station, the first sign of old Route 66 . . .
In fact, there are two abandoned gas stations right near each other, along with a lot of highway detritus . . .
. . . but to my eye the smaller one (on the left) was the more interesting photographically, both from the exterior . . .
. . . as well as through the interior . . .
including that abandoned grain elevator you saw in an earlier post:
If you would like to see these images in a larger format -- as well as the color versions of them -- visit my photography website, Todos Juntos Photography, by clicking here.
I have also photographed Route 66 relics in New Mexico. You can see and read about them in a previous post on this site by clicking here.
The next, and final, post in this series will be about Cadillac Ranch, an art installation just west of Amarillo.