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This scenario has played out all over the United States. As the interstate and other super highways were built (and are being built), many little towns and the services they offer are bypassed by travelers. The services travelers seek, e.g., gas stations and restaurants, now are provided around exits rather than in nearby towns. This is "progress"?
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I'm with you here, Roger - much of what we have loved over the all too short a time we have travelled around the USA (South and North Western states at least) have been provided by lodging and experiencing places off the beaten track, and our times there have been made much the richer for that. These images sadden me in many ways - we are losing a part of the heritage of the USA with these towns being bypassed and basically seeing trade dwindling to nothing. In the UK, the one aspect of regeneration we have seen recently is the increasing desire to move out of big cities and towns to a more rural lifestyle and location - unfortunately, this has pushed prices up to and beyond the local pockets but, in the UK at least, the distances are a lot shorter and commutable back to the business locations. That, I fear, won't be the case for many of these places in the USA and so we will continue to see a slow slide into ghost town status unless there is a groundswell of change and incentives to distribute employment and wealth a little further afield than we see now (and that's a political theme I will not explore any further!). I guess that's ultimately good for us photographers but not a lot else on the human side?

Joseph - these images are so important in documenting how these places are changing, evolving and trying to 'make ends meet' by whatever means they can. Having people like you take the time to go there, walk round, take in the atmosphere and the scenes and so carefully craft them into a record of what you have seen will be so important in a few years time - we can then either look at what a great success they have made of their communities and learn from that, or regret what has passed and gone; only time will tell I guess?

Thanks for continuing to share these experiences - you know we both enjoy these images and the feelings they give so please keep up the great work!

Take care and best regards, Neil.
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Joseph,

I encourage to continue your trek along this road. I have done the stretch from Chicago through New Mexico and have found it fascinating. Taking as much of the original road as possible is a challenge at times, but worth the effort. Some places have embraced the road. Oklahoma does a great job of marking the route.

I too like to document the forgotten and abandoned relics that dot the highway. I especially like to focus on the old signage. It seems that more and more of these old signs are being snatched up by collectors or folks who want a piece of the history for their own.

I will be curious to see what the post-covid route will look like. I am not sure what all will survive. Please continue to share your images and stories.

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Gentlemen I think you are giving me more credit than I am due. I just went for a ride, saw something and started taking pictures. No intention of documenting anything. But here are the photos, so be it🤷‍♂️

Yet, Seligman is fascinating. There is an entity that by sheer force of will is keeping the town from disappearing, note my 2nd photo on the 1st page. I think the town, after covid, will regain the vitality of that 2nd photo. I thoroughly enjoy going there. Tour buses stop there as "the" route 66 town

Where as, it could well be like its nearest neighbor town; Ash Fork
Ash Fork is at bottom. These 2 photos below are actually kind to the town. Once an important thriving, commercial center that had the railroad stopping there and was an original Route 66 town





its fascinating the different paths the 2 towns are on and this I might document in some sort of way
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another Ash Fork photo
How often do you get to see a DeSoto on top of a building ?





also more of the Seligman dummies


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Hi Joseph,

Nice observations of a rather unusual location; as for the DeSoto I guess it will remain on that roof until it becomes a valuable donor/restoration vehicle...

Take care and best regards, Neil.
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Originally posted by Coast Coast wrote:

How often do you get to see a DeSoto on top of a building ?

This is my first time. Great series Joseph, don't forget to visit the Crusty Crab, the pizza's are fantastic there.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Coast Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 April 2021 at 10:05
Michel; I think the question actually is:
have you ever seen a DeSoto? anyway I think its Krusty Krab; w a K


Hello Neil;
Yes these places are so unusual, the contrast between them is so Huge. I'm going to keep going back, especially to Ash Fork and completely photograph the situation. I can't believe what has happened there. There are still many folks living there. Just being there is bewildering.
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