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New Mexico Route 66

Cline's
Corners

New Mexico Route 66

 

Clines Corners Trading Post

Cline's Corners is a prime example of perseverance and Roy Cline indeed persevered throughout the years of Route 66. That perseverance has paid off even today, as Cline's Corners is now a prosperous stop along Interstate-40. It offers gas, food, and all manner of souvenirs for the tourist. But Cline's Corners hasn't always been at this same spot. This business that started back in the hey-day of Route 66 has been moved - more than once! Originally Cline's Corners was located in Lucy, New Mexico. Business was not good at his gas station back then. Location, location, location was in Roy's mind even then. He picked up his gas station and moved it down the road a piece to Highway 6 (later changed to Route 66).
         
Roy bought the land at the junction of Highway 6 and Highway 2. In 1937 Route 66 was re-aligned north of Cline's Corner so Roy picked up his building and moved with it. Once again Roy had to move when the state moved Highway 2 east. The building followed and finally settled at its final location. Today it sits at the junction of Highway 285 and Interstate-40 (once Route 66) and business is very good indeed. When I came through the parking lot at Cline's Corners it was packed and the gas station and Trading Post were doing a fantastic business. You can find just about anything you want at the Trading Post too. Rubber tomahawks anyone?

Clines Corners

Check out the Clines Corners Website: [www.ClinesCorners.com]

 

Moriarty, New Mexico

High Valley Cafe

Moriarty became a part of Route 66 in 1938 with the re-alignment of Route 66 away from Santa Fe. Moriarty was a small ranching community named after a local rancher who came to the area in the 1880s. By 1902 it was a small town with its own post office. Jack Rittenhouse makes no mention of Moriarty in his guidebook, but mentions a small crossroads hamlet know as Buford. Buford has four cafes, six gas stations, and two motor courts according to Rittenhouse. Today what was once known as Buford is actually a part of Moriarty.
        
The last of the still operating Whiting Brothers Gas Stations still stands in Moriarty. It reminds one of the days not to long ago where the familiar WB on the golden shield could be found all through the southwest. Whiting Brothers was originally founded in Saint John, Arizona in 1926 and became a familiar sigh all along Route 66 in the southwest offering inexpensive gas to the traveler. In 1990s the gas chain ended, and today all that is left are the fading signs and empty stations that can still be found along the highway. Soon they too will have disappeared and another chapter of Route 66 history will have vanished.

Moriarty Whiting Bros. Gas Station
The last of the Whiting Bros. Gas Stations still services the Route 66 traveler in Moriarty.

         

Sal Lucero and Jim Conkle

Except in Moriarty though, thanks to Sal Lucero, a lifelong employee of Whiting Bros., their legacy will live on. In the 1980s Sal bought the station from them and never changed the name. Now his station stands as a tribute to one of the most fascinating chapters of Mother Road history. Jim Conkle, Executive Director of the California Route 66 Preservation Foundation, and Sal Lucero discuss the current state of Route 66. With a resurgence of interest in the Mother Road business prospects appear somewhat brighter for the "mom and pop" businesses along her corridor.

         

JR's Tire Shop

JRs Tire Sign

      
JR's Tire Shop in Moriarty has been located on Route 66 for decades. It is indicative of the many automobile related businesses that once thrived along Route 66 and other major two-lanes in the days before the Interstates. But JR's Tire Shop has a distinct New Mexico character. The southwestern architecture and original art work displayed on the walls blend together to create a wonderful Route 66 experience for the modern traveler. Whether your automobile needs service and tires or you just stopped to look around, JR's Tire exemplifies what Route 66 was and to a certain degree still is today.

 

Edgewood, New Mexico

Edgewood Trading Post

Edgewood Trading Post

      
Route 66 becomes Hwy 333 out of Moriarty and continues west through the small towns of Edgewood and Barton. Small towns that once serviced the Mother Road traveler and depended on Route 66 for their survival. This abandoned trading post outside of Edgewood attests to busier times a long time ago along the Main Street of America.
          

Tijeras Canyon

Family Vacation in the 1950s
My Grandmother on Route 66 in the early 1950s

Route 66 winds through Edgewood, and Barton then begins to climb in elevation to about 7000 feet. From here Route 66 starts to drop down towards Albuquerque on a winding road through Tijeras Canyon. Tijeras Canyon is a picturesque Route 66 drive into Albuquerque. Tijeras Canyon was the gateway to Albuquereque in the hey-day of Route 66. This section of the old road offers majestic vistas of the Rio Grande Valley and the awesome Sandis Mountains. Imagine the delight the old Route 66 travelers had when the whole world seemed to open up and spread out below them. In the distance lay the old town of Albuquerque, with its motor courts, cafes, and gas stations. The small town of Tijeras is nestled in the canyon. Originally named for a family who lived in the area in the mid 1800s, the name is Spanish for scissors.

 

Photographs Taken September 2002 & May 2003

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