Day 42 - In Clinton - Two Far 2021 - Sooo... Far - CycleBlaze

May 20, 2021

Day 42 - In Clinton

We walked over to the Route 66 museum this afternoon.  It was more cultural than historical (the large exhibit at the front featured a 1970 Ford Mustang), but we enjoyed looking around.

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The route of Route 66

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And some history

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Increasing miles of paved highway and more cars on the road lead to more new things.  

Filling stations
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Over the road trucking
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The Highway Patrol
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Hitchhiking
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More cars meant more need for parking, which presented a problem in many cities.  The parking meter was invented in Oklahoma City and the first one installed there in July, 1935.

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Carl Magee, credited with the invention of the parking meter
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Parking meters in Oklahoma City
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Early parking meter
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In the 1940's section, we learned something new.

Neither of us was aware that the national speed limit was lowered during WWII to save rubber.
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In the 50's area, there were the usual diner/jukebox/carhop displays.  I did find this table top with diner lingo fun to read.

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And, also in the 1950's, a 70 y/o man (gasp!) rode his bicycle all the way from Chicago to California.  Imagine that!

(The original is a bit blurry - not my fault this time)
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Ken GassHey, I represent the at remark! I also can't imagine how bad the Rte 66 shoulder was, if any.
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Jeanna & Kerry SmithTo Ken Gass I actually had you in mind when I wrote that comment. I think that even today there are people who would think it newsworthy that a 70 y/o person - even a woman! - would ride a bicycle t hat far.
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As a transition from decade to decade, the entry into each exhibit room was covered with newspaper from the time.  Walking into the 1960's, I was walking into my youth.

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This was not part of my youth, but, given the choice, I definitely would have picked it over the red Mustang in the front.

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Jeanna & Kerry SmithTo Keith A. SpanglerI know, isn't it great?
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Michael and Diane RuddockA really educational and entertaining collection of memories.
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Jeanna & Kerry SmithTo Michael and Diane RuddockDid you have a hippie van???
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And then, in the 60's and 70's, the growing interstate system put an end to route 66, but not the rose colored nostalgia so many people have for it.

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Mike ObermeyerLoved all the history. It brought back so many memories.
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Jeanna & Kerry SmithTo Mike ObermeyerThose 60's newspaper headlines really brought back memories for me.
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