There are several recent videos on the Internet of people traveling down Route 66. YouTube creators all hope to make their fame on the mother road.

Recently, I came across videos that predate the era of YouTube stars. Do you recognize anything from this rare vintage video of Route 66?

Traveling Along The Mother Road

This footage is incredible because you see the sights of Route 66 while they were still active. We have lots of photos of abandoned motor courts and ghost towns. You rarely get to see them in their heyday.

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Things I Like via YouTube

This video appears to be from home videos taken on a family vacation.

Nostalgia For A Simpler Time And Way Of Life

Watching these videos almost makes you wish you could go back. There's a certain romantic flair to Route 66. There's the allure of the open road. Then there's the nostalgia for simpler times.

Of course, you also have all of the neon and the earliest days of rock and roll.

No matter what you think of when you think of Route 66, it evokes some deep feeling inside you.

Route 66 Is A Big Part Of Who We Are

Route 66 is a big part of our culture. There are tourists from all over the world who travel here just to catch a glimpse.

In Amarillo, we still have events dedicated to it. For several towns in the Texas panhandle, it's a big part of their identity.

Check out this video, and see how much of the Mother Road you recognize in it. It contains rare stock footage from Route 66.

Ranchotel: The Forgotten Landmark of Old Route 66 in Amarillo, Texas

The Ranchotel, located at 2501 W. 6th St., is a product of Route 66's heyday.

When Americans first began long-distance automotive travel, they typically stayed in hotels or camped beside the road. In response, clever entrepreneurs began to build what were called tourist courts. The Ranchotel is one of these.

It was built in 1940 and until recently, it was considered one of the best preserved examples of Route 66's tourist facilities. It was placed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1995 and was well maintained until 2020.

Even now, in spite of the building's fading beauty, there is still the nostalgic air held by many a historic landmark.

The Drive-In: Amarillo's Classic Drive-In Theaters, Past and Present

Any resident of Amarillo worth their salt knows about the Tascosa Drive-In movie theater.

But did you know about the other drive-in theaters?

LOOK: Vintage Postcards of Palo Duro Canyon

These vintage postcards of Palo Duro Canyon are a true look into the past.

You may recognize quite a few of the iconic landmarks found in the canyon, but there's still others that you just might have not seen yet! Key word...."yet."

Take a trip into the past with these spectacular vintage postcards, you'll be inspired to take a hike!

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