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The Legendary Route 66 Artist, Bob Waldmire

I was lucky enough to meet the legendary Route 66 Artist, Bob Waldmire, several times before he passed away.

Bob would always stop at my Mom’s Campground, near Shamrock, Texas. He would leave some of his maps and post cards for my Mom to sell. I have a picture of Bob with my Mom. I had no idea when I met Bob, that I was meeting a man that will go down in Route 66 History. Bob lived and loved Route 66, and it shows in his detailed artwork.

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Magnolia Gas Pump

Magnolia Gas Pump Shamrock, Texas

Magnolia Gas Pump Shamrock, Texas

This is my painting of an old gas pump located at a Magnolia Gas station that is part of the Pioneer West Museum, located in Shamrock, Texas.

 

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CADILLAC RANCH

 

Cadillac Ranch

Cadillac Ranch along Route 66

My Pencil Drawing, of the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas, along Route 66.  This is the always changing, interactive, installation, along the Mother Road.

“Cadillac Ranch” is the name of a Bruce Springsteen song on his 1980 album The RiverCadillac Ranch is also the inspiration for a song performed by Christian Rock band Family Force5 called “Cadillac Phunque” There is also a song called “Cadillac Ranch” by John Stewart, on his album Rough Sketches, which is about Route 66.  In addition there is a song by Chris Ledoux, called “Cadillac Ranch”.

Cadillac Ranch can be seen in the musical video for the song “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked” by Cage the Elephant. All outdoor shots in the 2009 video of  Brooks and Dunn’s  song “Honky Tonk Stomp” were filmed at the Cadillac Ranch.

Cadillac Ranch has appeared in American popular culture media. A tribute to the Cadillac Ranch was featured in the Walt Disney and Pixar film Cars. The fictional town of Radiator Springs, sits at the edge of an area referenced on a map as the “Cadillac Range”, and throughout the movie, rock formations shaped like the upended cars can be seen as a horizon backdrop. Much of the film’s plot deals with the dying towns along Route 66.

reference: wikipedia

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