Once we had seen what we wanted at the Hoover Dam, we headed towards our next destination, Route 66. Route 66, the “Mother Road”, was one of the original US highways. It was established in 1926 and stretched from Chicago, IL through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona finally ending in Santa Monica, California for a total of 2448 miles. It was a major route for those migrating west during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. For more information, click here.
Our first stop along the Mother Road was Hackberry General Store in Hackberry, Arizona. Historically, Hackberry was a small town of ranchers and miners. Today, it is a vintage museum offering a wealth of memorabilia for Route 66, and is a popular spot for tourists and bikers traveling the road. It was an awesome place to take pictures. We went inside the store and found a vintage diner display, a gift shop and an assortment of snacks and beverages. I was able to purchase 3 postcards for $1 which I thought was an amazing price.
After Hackberry, we drove 60 more miles to Seligman, Arizona. Seligman is a small town that was part of the original Route 66 from 1926-1978, but it was eventually bypassed by Interstate 40. It was also a site along Beale’s Wagon Road and the Santa Fe Railroad. Angel Delgadillo, a resident, barber and founder of the Historic Route 66 Association, has stated that traffic to Seligman pretty much disappeared with the opening of I-40. When we arrived, it was late in the day and many shops were closed, however, we were able to walk around Angel and Vilma’s Original Route 66 Gift Shop then we ate a delicious dinner at Lilo’s Cafe, an American-German restaurant.
With full bellies, we headed on to Williams, Arizona to rest up for the night before heading to the Grand Canyon the next day.