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The Nocturnal Photography of Noel Kerns

RESURRECTING THE GHOSTS OF
ROUTE 66

Between Oklahoma City and New Mexico
A three-day adventure - in three states - in three parts
< Part I

Article and photos by Noel Kerns

PART II -
Shamrock to Amarillo, Texas

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Tower Conoco gas station, Shamrock Texas night
Tower Conoco
The beautiful Tower Conoco station in Shamrock, Texas. This station was used as the inspiration for “Ramone’s Body Shop” in the Disney/Pixar movie “Cars”.
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Restored Conoco gas pumps at the Tower Conoco station, Shamrock Texas
Conoco Pumps – A closer view of the immaculately restored pumps at the Tower Conoco station in Shamrock, Texas.
Magnolia gas station, Shamrock Texas
Magnolia – The other vintage filling station in Shamrock, this beautiful old Magnolia station boasts 3 exquisitely preserved gravity feed gas pumps.
Mobilgas pump, Shamrock Texas

Gravity – The Mobil Oil Company was a product of a merger of the Magnolia and General Petroleum companies in 1959.

Abandoned gas station in McLean, Texas
Gas Station in McLean, Texas
Abandoned gas station interior,  McLean, Texas
Chair & Pumps – Inside an abandoned gas station in Mclean, Texas.
Tower sign, Route 66
Tower
Britten USA water tower
Britten USA
Groom Texas grain elevators
The Wheeler-Evans Grain Elevator in Groom, Texas.
Groom Texas cross
Cross – Along the highway in Groom, this cross, reputed to be the 2nd largest in the Western Hemisphere, stands tall over the Texas plains.
Skeet Range in Groom Texas
Skeet Range in Groom
Skeet Range in Groom Texas
The Green Room
Abandoned Speedway, Amarillo Texas
Abandoned Speedway – Outskirts of Amarillo, Texas
Big Texan, Amarillo Texas
The Big Texan – Originally located along Route 66, this classic road sign was relocated to the current location of the Big Texan Steak Ranch, on interstate 40 in Amarillo. The Big Texan is the well-known as the home of the “Free 72 oz. Steak Dinner”, i.e., if you eat the meal in one hour, it’s free. Incredibly, the current record for the entire meal is 9 ˝ minutes in 1987 by Cincinnati Reds Pitcher Frank Pastore.
© Noel Kerns

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