Route 66 Texas

Route 66 in Texas


(source National Park Service)

Miles: 185 (approx.)

Historically and still today travelers on Route 66 through the Texas Panhandle experience a vast landscape dotted with grain silos, oil rigs, and cattle ranching, emblematic of the region’s economic lifeblood industries. The cultural and economic capitol of this region is Amarillo, named for the color yellow in Spanish. Route 66 once formed an important commercial corridor through Amarillo and the numerous small towns of the Texas Panhandle.


Since the decommissioning of Route 66, the roadway has continued to have its champions in Texas. In 1991, the Texas Old Route 66 Association formed and helped establish the Texas Route 66 Museum in McLean. Utilizing Transportation Enhancement funds and local fundraising, the City of Shamrock also restored the iconic Tower Conoco Station and U-Drop Inn. The National Park Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program has assisted four projects with cost-share grant funds, including the restoration of the Magnolia Station in Vega.

Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas is a photographers canvas and a unique tourist attraction.

Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas is a photographers canvas and a unique tourist attraction.

Big Texan

Amarillo, Texas

Restaurant -Motel - Brewery

Amarillo, Texas

Getting your Kix on Route 66 at The Big Texan Steak House a Route 66 icon

Enjoy the ultimate Texan experience with us! The Big Texan has more to offer now than ever! Listen to your favorite country music artist under the stars at our music venue. Choose to spend a night in the old west and stay at our wild west motel or stay with our featured partners. All facilities are located in Amarillo Texas.

Since 1960

Restaurant -Motel - Brewery

Amarillo, Texas

History of the Big Texan in Amarillo Texas. A Route 66 Destination

In 1960, R. J. “Bob” Lee opened The Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo Texas on Route 66, the “Mother Road”. It’s distinctive architecture soon became recognized across the Mother Road as a good stopping place for great steaks grilled over an open flame. Texas Route 66 history.

Restaurant -Motel - Brewery

Restaurant -Motel - Brewery

Restaurant -Motel - Brewery

Route 66 in Amarillo The Big Texan Restaurant, Brewery, Motel,Gift Shop and Motel.

Free 72 oz STEAK CHALLENGE Includes: Shrimp Cocktail, Baked Potato, Salad, with Roll, Butter, and of course the 72 oz. Steak. Entire meal must be completed in one hour. If any of the meal is not consumed (swallowed)…YOU LOSE!

U.S. Department of Transportation

"The 1984 bypassing of the last section of Texas Route 66  by I-40 led to the official decommissioning of the highway in 1985."

Texas Route 66 Weather

Texas - New Mexico Visit

Hairy Bikers Visit Texas and New Mexico

 Hairy Bikers – Route 66 episode 4: From burger joints to a cowboy  emporium - Big Texan - and a chocolatier to a cheesemaker, the bikers explore the  small, independently owned restaurants and food producers. The fourth leg of the trip sees them ride from Texas into New Mexico.  – places that  have achieved special recognition. Going from Amarillo to Albuquerque  and traveling through Santa Fé, they discover that there is more to  America than just endless chain restaurants and big-name brands. 

Shamrock, Texas

Route 66 Texas U-Drop Innn

The 2006 Pixar computer-animated film Cars is set in the cartoon village of Radiator Springs, which was created as a composite of real landmarks and personalities encountered by Pixar artists on multiple research trips on 1,200 miles (1,900 km) of the former U.S. Route 66. Among the buildings and structures based on Route 66 landmarks is a version of Tower Station. U-Drop Inn's unique design and architecture is portrayed as an automotive body shop owned by the character Ramone, a Chevrolet Impala lowrider. Visit this Texas Route 66 landmark.

Source Wikepedia

Shamrock, Texas and the Tower Staion- U-Drop in the animated Pixar movie Cars on Route 66
Midpoint Cafe and iconic photo landmark in Adrian, Texas the midpoint of route 66. Route 66 Cafe.

Mid Point Route 66

Adrian, Texas is the self proclaimed mid point of Route 66. 1,139 miles West to Los Angeles and 1,139 East to Chicago, Illinois/ Adrien named after an early settler, Adrien Cullen, is the geo-mathematical midpoint of Route 66.

The town was incorporated in 1953. Adrian was bypassed by Interstate 40 in 1969. 

The Midpoint Cafe's previous owner Dennis Purschwitz created the iconic photo opportunity that marks the midpoint of 66. formerly the Midpoint cafe was the Adrien Cafe. At the suggestion of Tom Snyder, the President of the US Route 66 association recommended changing the name from Adrian Cafe to Midpoint Cafe.

" The Flo, Mia and Tia characters, based on Midpoint Café proprietor Fran Houser and two  servers at the restaurant – sisters Mary Lou and Christina Mendez –  appear in the film at "Flo's V-8 Café". As a drive in restaurant for anthropomorphic cars, the automotive themed Flo's V-8 Café became a filling station which boasts "the finest fuel on Route 66". Fran Houser and the  Midpoint Café as "home of the ugly crust pie" are acknowledged in the  film's credits. The Disney California Adventure park returns the café as a conventional restaurant, reinstating the legendary "ugly crust pie" recipe to the menu." source Wikepedia

Amarillo 66 Historic District

One of the many art galleries in the Amarillo Historic Route 66 District. Visit the restaurants.

On Route 66

In the Route 66 Historic District visitors will find over one mile of art galleries, antique and collectible stores, restaurants and bars in historic buildings. Not only was Route 66 the Mother Road of America, but the district was one of the first residential and business districts in Amarillo. People came from miles around to visit the stores and restaurants located on the strip and dance on the best ballroom floor around at the Nat Ballroom which is now home to over 100 vendors. This historic strip is located on Sixth. Avenues between Georgia and Western Streets in Amarillo, Texas Historic 6th on Route 66 is a 501 c 6 non profit organization comprised of merchants and fans of Historic Route 66. Anyone can join - contact for details.

Scenes From Adrian, Texas

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