Rt. 66 Economic Impact Study

The Route 66 Economy Impact Study, is a study conducted by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in collaboration with the National Park Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program and World Monuments Fund Study funded by American Express. This useful document supports why the Mother Road needs to be preserved and that it is a useful economic catalyst. There are case studies and demographic information that make this useful to roadside enthusiasts.

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Blue Swallow Motel – Tucumcari, New Mexico

Blue Swallow Motel at dusk New Mexico Historic Preservation Division

From NPS.GOV:  Carpenter W.A. Huggins began construction on the Blue Swallow Motel prior to the outbreak of World War II, and Ted Jones, a prominent eastern New Mexico rancher, opened the motel in 1942. Facing Route 66, the Blue Swallow offers access to motorists from both the highway and a side street. The motel has an L-shaped plan and consists of 14 units with a discreet office and manager’s residence. Garage units, some with wood overhead doors, are located between the sleeping units. With its pink stucco walls decorated with shell designs and a stepped parpet, the façade reflects a modest use of the Southwest Vernacular style of architecture.

The Blue Swallow Motel was a stop during our Southwest Detours conference in 2008.

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Building Reuse: Gas Statation

Former Standard Oil Station by Mies Van Der Rohe

From Pinterest: Mike Jackson, FAIA, and former president of the SCA, is a preservation architect based in Springfield IL. His Pinterest stream catalogs “creative solutions to the reuse of historic gas stations. This board was developed as part of a class project by students at the Univ. of Illinois School of Architecture.”

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Montana’s Historic Landscapes

Gold Creek and Pioneer: Bypassed Landmarks is beautiful as a photo essay by Carroll Van West. West has been documenting the Montana landscape on his blog, Montana’s Historic Landscapes: 35 Years in the Big Sky Country since 2012.

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