Bartlesville native, Ron Jones, was visiting a Tulsa classic car show in the late 1990s, when he fell head-over-heels in love with Route 66. The was walking around and noticed a lot of Route 66 memorabilia , including a 66 shield with a highway running through it. Next thing you know, that shield was inked on his calf and this proud 62 year old Vietnam vet to decide to start dedicating some serious skin to the most popular icons along the Mother Road. Ten years later he was named the 2009 “Person of the Year” by the Route 66 Alliance. Just this year he was immortalized on the label of Jones Soda. Best Road Trip Ever! http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/best-road-trip-ever/id374940747?mt=8 Road Trip 66 http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/road-trip-66/id415478066?mt=8
Clarksdale, Mississippi has long been described as “Ground Zero” for blues aficionados from around the globe. It all started here. They celebrate the area’s rich blues heritage and to provide a forum in which it can continue. Opened in May 2001, and owned by the Mayor, local attorney and businessman, Bill Luckett; Academy Award-winning actor and Mississippi Delta resident, Morgan Freeman; and Clarksdale resident and Memphis entertainment executive, Howard Stovall. It is the place for anyone looking for an true Delta Blues experience.
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Entirely made of recycled materials, with more than 100,000 beer and soda cans, hubcaps, screen doors, wooden windows, bicycle reflectors and more, this amazing folk art environment was built by Dominic “Cano” Espinosa, a Native American Vietnam vet. Inspired by “Vitamin Mary Jane” and Jesus, Espinoza has spent over 30 years working on what he calls “Jesus’ Castle.” Espinoza began building Cano’s Castle in 1980 in thanks for having his life spared during the Vietnam War. The four main structures: “The King” (the largest tower), “the Queen” (the tower standing next to the King), “the Palace” and “the Rook” (flanking the King). Best Road Trip Ever http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/best-road-trip-ever/id374940747?mt=8
on Tybee Island, GA
Next door to the forner Route 66 landmark, Lucille’s.
The Hungarian chef at Grinder’s. Monday night is goulash night.
In 2002, Dr. Smith bought a small home in Hammond, and continues to spread his message of remembrance, hope, and vision. His home environment is dedicated to the turbulent history of African-Americans, as he hopes to inspire and educate today’s youth, so that they will never forget, and build upon the vision set forth by leaders and martyrs of Black America: Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Emmett Till, and Martin Luther King among them. In addition, there are memorials to the 4,000 Black Americans who died in Vietnam, to victims of the Rwanda tragedy, as well as to whites that helped with the Underground Railroad.
Backside of the Lexington, MO sign along the backroads
Glancy MotelCasa de Colores, home environment of Casimiro “Casey” Marquez
Rotue 66 relics in Chelsea, Oklahoma
During the civil rights era the sisters, Earnestine and Hazel ran a soul-food-serving juke joint downstairs, and a brothel upstairs. Rumor has it the the Rolling Stones were so inspired by their visit to the ladies, that they wrote “Brown Sugar.” The White Stripes shot a video here, Robert Duvall danced a tango. Come for the Soul Burger, stay for the haunted jukebox.
90+ year old Clyde Hopkins sits inside his car just outside of Sun Studios, ready to sell and autograph his blues CDs. Hopkins’ blues note on Beale Street says he was born in 1927. He says he once subtracted a few years to keep himself young, that he was actually born in 1921. The note calls him “Godfather of the Blues” — a title he claims due to age and as a link to W.C. Handy, the “Father of the Blues.” Hopkins’ mother ran a Tunica, Miss., “juke joint” when he was born. She called the club Big Baby’s, a nickname she earned because her 200 pounds looked large on her 5-foot frame. They lived in the club that drew sharecroppers because of Big Baby’s cooking, moonshine, gambling and “real old-time 12-bar blues.” Area sharecroppers earned less than a dollar a day harvesting cotton and corn. “They spent it all on Saturday night. There wasn’t anything else to do,” says Hopkins. Some of the best bluesmen in the region, including Sonny Boy Williamson and Willie Love, played at Big Baby’s. “I watched them and learned to play from that. I started playing piano when I was 6. I had to stand up to play. By the time I was 12, I was playing piano and singing in roadhouses on my own.” (story adapted from Michael Lollar’s article in The Commercial Appeal)
At one point in the 1990s, Vince Hanneman was in charge of the city’s recycling program. And it worked out really well, because he could bring home more old bikes, TVs and appliances to add to the tiers of trash spiraling upward in his backyard. Not an untidy pile, but an architectural oddity he called his cathedral, a place where he could have coffee overlooking the yard in the morning, or parties at night, with its various rooms lit with Christmas lights. “Best Road Trip Ever!” http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/best-road-trip-ever!/id374940747?mt=8
This 1949 Waco legend has terrific burgers (with some kind of secret sauce,) onion rings and even better vibe.
The historic district is one of Petersburg’s earliest predominantly African American neighborhoods. It is located on a peninsula on the north side of the Appomattox River. Some of the area’s earliest slaves were brought to the peninsula in 1732. They were to work in John Bolling’s tobacco warehouses. In 1750, the land was subdivided and renamed Wittontown. It was named for Pocahontas in 1752 when the area became a town. By 1797, free blacks and slaves from the Davenport parish in Prince George County established the Sandy Beach Baptist Church. They worshipped at this church until 1818. The congregation then moved to Gillfield. By 1800, 310 free blacks lived in the integrated neighborhood. These included men like John Jarrett and John Updike who earned their living as boatmen, fishermen, and watermen. In the 19th century, this area became notable as the first predominately free black settlement in the state and, by mid-19th century, one of the largest in the nation. In 1860 slightly more than half of Petersburg’s population was black, and 3,224 or one-third of those people were free; they constituted the largest free black population of the time. (nps.gov)