21 May 2011

New Ways of Doing Business


While driving west on Central Ave, just south of Interstate 40 (I40) in Albuquerque recently, looking for a place to stop for the night we came across this cluster of signs. We did stay here and there really is a dental office right in the main office building of the motel. I didn't ask if the dentist owned the motel or what the arrangement was.

By the way, the signs identifying this road and others as part of the original Route 66 seem to be everywhere in New Mexico. It seemed like every other exit on I40 had a little sign indicating a portion of old Route 66 was near that exit. I guess they built roads that lasted in those days. There are a few places that look like they come from the '30s or the '40s. Our connection with Route 66 has to do with a trip my Rohrschneider grandparents took from southern Wisconsin all the way to San Bernadino, California in 1926. I have some pictures of them somewhere in Arizona or New Mexico in which the road is barely recognizable. My mother Joann was about 5 years old at the time.

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