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Route 66 Caravan Road Log:
May 24, 2003


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Route 66 Park

  Amarillo's Route 66 Park Route 66 through Amarillo was important to the development of the Sixth Street and San Jacinto area as this small park on Route 66 today commemorates. This area is a registered historic district and many of the buildings are listed on the registry. Today there are many antique shops to browse through, so much so, that this area is known as "Antique Row."
     
 

Route 66 Caravan Friends

Route 66 Caravan friends pause for a picture at the Route 66 Park.

     
 

Diana Hutton and Darryl Holland have been following our web site adventures and decided to join us in Amarillo. Yep, you guessed it; we all are great friends now. The Mother Road has a tendency to do that you know.

 

Diana & Darryl - New Route 66 Friends

 

Entertainment District

Art Deco Theater

Across the street from the Route 66 Park we found this great, historic old Art Deco theater. The San Jacinto area had a few theaters to chose from making it the entertainment district of Amarillo.

 
  The Natorium, an opened air building surrounding a swimming pool opened in 1922. In 1926 the "Nat" was converted to a dance hall with 10,000 feet of Maple hardwood flooring covering the pool area. The Nat also had dining facilities and employed 40 staff people at its peak. Well-known big bands often stopped here to play along old Route 66.

Nat Theater

 
  Kevin at the Nat

The Nat is one of Amarillo's most endangered historic buildings. Though it is on the Register of Historic Places, that is not a guarantee that it will be around for future generations to enjoy.

 


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