Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

courtesy AARoads Shield Gallery
Make your own Shield at the AARoads Shield Generator

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Saving an 1887 bridge in Texas

As a fan of Old Routes, it’s great to see an old bridge saved and preserved. For a century old bridge in Texas to still be used, even though only for Pedestrians, is a real bonus. Go here to check out the story of the 1887 built bridge in New Braunfels, Texas.

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More photos of the Faust St Bridge
Faust St bridgebuilder the King Bridge Company
Other Historic Whipple Truss bridges in the US
Six Bridges : The Legacy of Othmar H. Ammann
Backroads of the Texas Hill Country: Your Guide to the Most Scenic Adventures
Texas Road Trip (Chisholm Trail Series)

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Route 66: America’s First Main Street

This Route 66 book can be hard to find, but if you can find a copy, it’s a nice casual read. The author, Spencer Crump, takes you on a historical road trip. It has the feel of a personal scrapbook or journal with his historical musings on the road and events of the early 66 era of the 20s and 30s.

Crump includes a variety of period postcards, photos and ads to give you a better feel of the time. It’s hard to imagine hotels for a buck a night, 5-cent hamburgers and 22-cent gasoline, but the visual proof is there. There’s even something that gas stations had called, “Service with a Smile”.

Other than the cover, it’s all black and white, which does well with the historical feel of the book. Indeed, it is more than a 66 picture book. One of the real highlights for the road geek or old route fan is copies of Vintage maps from the Automobile Club of Southern California.

Buy the book Route 66 - America's First Main Street
Check out the curios at the Old Routes Souvenir Shop

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