Route 66 has changed quite a bit since I first drove it in 1992. Here are some views that no longer look the same. Most, but not all, of the changes are for the worse...
The A. Lincoln Motel and Route 66, south side of Springfield, IL, 1992
Original Cozy Drive In sign, south side of Springfield, IL, 1992
Francis Marten, creator of the "Our Lady of the Highways" statue, west of Raymond, IL. The statue's still there, but Francis died in June 2002.
Coral Court Motel, St. Louis, MO, June 1992. The Coral Court was torn down in 1995.
Interior drive at the Coral Court, showing the motel units with their attached garages.
66 Park In Theater, Crestwood, MO, June 1992 -- destroyed and replaced with a Best Buy
66 Drive-In Theatre, Carthage, MO, June 1992 -- restored and reopened in 1998, a major win for Route 66 fans
Buffalo Ranch, Afton, OK, June 1992 -- closed in 1997, since torn down and replaced by a modern travel center
66 Motel, Tulsa, OK -- photographed 1999, demolished 2000