Route 66, the Mother Road... once a heavily traveled highway that crossed eight states between Chicago, Illinois and Santa Monica, California. Decommissioned over 30 years ago, much of the road is still driveable and waiting to be explored. Click to zoom.
1999, ink & watercolor, 14" x 11" plus mat, glass and frame - $350
This former gas station is located just north of Route 66 in Albuquerque on Mountain Road. It has been rennovated and now open as an espresso shop.
2000/2001, ink & watercolor, 14” x 11”
Drawn from a photo my wife took of the 66 Motel in west Tulsa, Oklahoma. We visited during the summer of 2000. Unfortunately this historic motel was demolished sometime in 2001.
Sold in November 2016.
2015, ink & watercolor, 7" x 4" plus mat, glass and frame, $160
This old station and former watering hole sits just west of the New Mexico/Texas border in Glenrio, located on Route 66. Thank you to Joe Butrim for the reference photo.
2000, ink & watercolor, 14” x 11” plus mat, glass and frame - $350
The Rio Puerco Bridge is located about 15 miles west of Albuquerque. It was built in 1933 and is the longest and oldest surviving steel truss bridge in the state. It was saved from demolition in 1997.
1995-1998, acrylics on canvas, 20" x 30" plus frame - NFS
Located in Tijeras Canyon east of Albuquerque, the Mountain Lodge was built around 1950. It was reportedly used as apartments from the mid-1960s until a fire in December, 2014. Unfortunately, the building was a total loss. I remember the neon on this sign still glowing in the 1970s. I'm not sure if the sign will remain or be taken down.
2000, ink & watercolor, 14” x 11”
The famous First Motel/Last Motel in Texas, located east of the state line of Texas and New Mexico in Glenrio.
Sold in April 2017.
2005, ink & watercolor, 14” x 11” plus mat, glass and frame - $350
This abandoned station sits east of Arcadia, Oklahoma. It carries a lot of history, including murder and a police bust in the ‘30s for printing counterfeit money in the back room.
2015, ink & watercolor, 12.5” x 9.5” plus mat, glass and frame, $430
This bridge, built in 1929, spans the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, and was once part of Route 66. The castle is one of two water intake structures, built in 1915 but no longer in use. Thank you to Joe Butrim for the great reference photo.
2009, ink & watercolor, 17” x 11”
This house sits on historic Route 66 in Galena, Kansas. With the help of her sons, Ms. Steffleback was believed to have murdered up to 30 of her visitors, mostly miners, and relieved them of their bags of gold. Her sons deposited the victims’ bodies in nearby mine shafts. She ended up dying in prison in 1909, having never admitting to the murders or disclosing the location of the fortune she amassed. Today, a few local residents plan to refurbish this house and open it as a bed and breakfast.
Sold at 2011 Art in the Park.
2016, acrylics on canvas, 16" x 20" plus frame
The iconic Roy's Motel and Cafe on Route 66 in Amboy, California. Thank you to Rhys Martin for the reference photo.
2002/2003, ink & watercolor, 14” x 11” plus mat, glass and frame - $350
Located in Glenrio, Texas near the New Mexico/Texas state line on Route 66.
2017, ink & watercolor, 8” x 8” plus mat, glass and frame - $275
Just east of the Texas - New Mexico state line was the Last Motel in Texas going west and the first one for those headed east on Route 66.
It was owned and built by Homer Ehresman, and his family ran the business between 1953 and 1976. This included the State Line Café and Gas Station (1953) and the Texas Longhorn Motel (1955).