Sad end for the Brookshire Motel,11017 E 11th St, Tulsa, OK 74128

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The Brookshire Motel Tulsa, Oklahoma Ektachrome E100 January 26, 2019

CyberViewX v5.16.55 Model Code=44 F/W Version=1.98Several days ago I took my Maxxum 9 out on the Route to fish up a roll of the new Kodak Ektar 100 slide film. I stopped and took a few shots of the Brookshire Motel at 11th and Garnett. I now regret not getting more slide photos of this iconic Tulsa Route 66 structure. Last evening I watched the news and learned that the motel, sadly, burned. I watched Rhys Martin speak with the local news crew regarding its pending restoration before this sad event. He looked as disappointed as I felt. I have memories of renting a room there in high school, as well as talking to the owners in the mid 2000’s. Very sad.

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A digital panorama of the Brookshire January 26, 2019

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The Brookshire Motel, January 26, 2019


Route 66 Restaurant in Santa Rosa is losing it’s yellow 1966 Thunderbird

Thursday the 27th of December, we were eating breakfast at the Route 66 Restaurant in Santa Rosa, NM. I watched two gentlemen walk around and look at the yellow (with black highlights) 1966 Ford Thunderbird sitting in the closest space of the parking lot. I couldn’t help but ask why they were so interested in this iconic Route 66 attraction. Sadly someone mentioned that the old T-bird had been sold and the fellows were trying to figure out how to get it 800 miles back to Texas. That was the last week for the Thunderbird to perch in Santa Rosa. I rushed out to the parking lot to get some shots of it before it was moved to it’s new home. The T-Bird seems to have been there as long as I  can remember. I bet many will miss the yellow Ford parked in the first parking space. It has been a town attraction for lots of years. The good thing is the restaurant is going strong and the food and service was excellent, as usual.


Saved by the Old Road

As we were driving back from the mountains, there were many traffic accidents on I-40 that stopped traffic for hours in both directions. I took a chance and left Santa Rosa on the 50’s overlay of Route 66, then turned north on a very old overlay (Cuervo Lane) of the route/ trail. We made it with no problems. Very blessed not to be stuck in the hour plus traffic delay, although I wouldn’t have tried if I hadn’t seen another smaller car turning out of New Mexico Highway 154 from Cuervo Lane. At the bottom is a video link to the traffic jam we encountered on our way to Santa Rosa and the detour we experienced.