is the Mother of all Roads.
The escape route from the dust
It is the 1950s American Dream come true.
for songs and shows. It is legend. It is Route 66.
as Americas Main Street from 1926 until 1985, then was
Making way for the faster pace of the
big four-lanes and
our newer, hectic world left only scraps and remnants of the way
Road is now spotty at best, but a true haven for nostalgia buffs,
foreign tourists and GypsyNesters alike.
IF the traveler is diligent and willing to piece it all back together
and hit the road, old school.
places of interest are as deep-rooted as the Great Mother
herself, like the Golden Driller of Tulsa.
He is straight
out of 1953, standing 76 feet tall and resting his 43,500
pound bad self against a real oil derrick.
Dedicated to the
men of the petroleum industry who by their vision and daring
have created from God’s abundance a better life for mankind.”
Quite an honor.
While gazing up at The Driller, our awe was
momentarily interrupted by a security guard. She observed,
a big feller, aint e?
Theres really only
one reply to that, aeyup.
on this trip was not so much
one of nostalgia, but of discovery.
We had heard of a town in Missouri that was recapturing its place
on the map by weaving retro 66 promotional techniques together
with a modern twist.
The Fanning 66 Outpost and General Store
in Cuba, Missouri was our target. Our goal? To discover what it
took to bring the masses to a tiny town on a virtually vanishing
road far out in the boonies.
Outposts phenomenal marketing approach, we found that in
order to build a proper destination on Route 66 just stick to
these simple rules:
Build the Worlds Largest of Something
In the Outposts
case, its a ginormous rocking chair. And yes, Guinness has
visited and its in the Book of World Records. This massive
rocker is 42 feet high, 20 feet wide and weighs in at an incredible
Even the Golden Driller could cop a squat in that,
its one serious rocker. Rock on!
Why a rocking chair? The
proprietor, Mr. Dan Sanazaro, had seen an oversized rocker on
a family trip as a youngster and the memory apparently stuck with
him. When he launched his business in Cuba, he built a huge homage
to that recollection and the chair of his childhood.
Two: Provide Professional Growth Opportunies for your Employees
Sanazaro had the foresight to make the Outpost a destination
He sent his nephew to taxidermy school so now
you can Explore Native Species Inside the Taxidermy
Studio, (in somewhat disturbing poses) and commission
to have ones own dead animal stuffed and mounted.
An archery shop and outdoor range round out the festivities
at the Outpost and there
are licensed experts on hand, thanks to Mr. Sanazoros foresight
and pro-grow strategy.
A gallery of outdoor art is also
We’re nott sure if anyone was sent to art school, but hey,
art is subjective, right?
Three: Catch Em Off Guard
the Outpost, we were completely taken aback by hostess/cashier
Jackie Sonsone asking, Would you like to sample some
wine while you have a look around?
Huh? We were instantly
intrigued and answered in the affirmative.
Jackie, an aspiring
GypsyNester, served us a healthy pour of Route 66 Red, while
laughing at our reaction. We instantly loved Jackie — she
loves her job and realizes the humor of it, as well. She
is quite the witty little treasure trove of information.
us around, Jackie informed us that the movie Cars
had brought renewed attention to Route 66, especially among the
Tourists from all over the world pass through on
their journeys back to the heyday of
American automotive travel.
Adding our names to the guestbook, we noticed vacationers from
as far away as Argentina, Japan, Norway and Finland had visited
in just the past few days.
Countless Americans also make the pilgrimage
to the ribbon of blacktop that first tied the Heartland to Hollywood.
Route 66 covers
so much territory theres a pretty good chance youre
not far from a chunk of it.
Slow down, take the next exit and
explore the wild, weird wonderfulness of life on the Main Street
Put the top down, dial in the radio, tip your hat
to Bobby Troop and Get Your Kicks on Route 66.
David & Veronica,