Photographer's Note

U.S. Route 66, (also known as Route 66, The Main Street of America, The Mother Road was a highway in the U.S. Highway system. One of the original federal routes, US 66 was established on November 11, 1926, though signs did not go up until the following year.
It originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, before ending at Los Angeles for a total of 2,448 miles(3,939 km).

Route 66 was a major path of the migrants who went west, especially during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, and supported the economies of the communities through which the road passed. People became prosperous due to the growing popularity of the highway, and those same people later fought to keep the highway alive even with the growing threat of the new Interstate Highway System.

US 66 was officially decommissioned (that is, officially removed from the United States Highway System) on June 27, 1985 after it was decided the route was no longer relevant and had been replaced by the Interstate Highway System. Portions of the road that passed through Illinois, New Mexico, and Arizona have been designated a National Scenic Byway of the name "Historic Route 66".

Arizona has the longest stretch of the historic highways still in use today where you can find a lot of old town with their general store like the one I get in my photo (scanned from Fuji Superia Reala DIA).

This one is the general store of Hackberry.

The oldest town along this old stretch of the road, Hackberry's origin dates back to 1874 when prospectors set up a mining camp on the east side of the Peacock Mountains. After having discovered rich deposits of silver, the Hackberry Silver Mine was soon established and named for a large Hackberry tree growing near a spring adjacent to the mine.

When the railroad came through in 1882, the small settlement moved some four miles from the original site. The “new” town of Hackberry became an important loading point for large cattle shipments, soon ranking third in the state in volume shipped. Between the cowboys, the miners, and railroaders, the transient town inevitably boasted its share of shooting, fighting and faro.

Though not entirely played out, the Hackberry Silver Mine closed in 1919, due to litigation among the owners, but not before it earned almost 3 million dollars in silver production. After the mine closed down, Hackberry came to a slow crawl, but was revived by Route 66, when it came through. Becoming a bit of a tourist town, it hung tight until I-40 bypassed the entire northern loop from the Crookston exit to Kingman.

Today, Hackberry sits mostly silent with the exception of the revived "Hackberry General Store and Visitors Center. Though the old town of Hackberry lies across the tracks from Route 66, the General Store sits right next to the highway.

Though there’s no gas to be purchased here, vintage gas pumps adorn the front, as well as a plethora of classic signs and hundreds of pieces of memorabilia. Inside, the store is a virtual museum, where visitors can walk through a vintage diner and see a lifetime collection of Route 66 history, as well as purchasing all kinds of Mother Road souvenirs.

Continue your journey onto Kingman where you'll have a chance to stop by the Arizona Route 66 Association, say hi to all the folks and brose their wonderful Route 66 Museum.

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