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      by Published on 12-01-2013 12:16 AM

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      Once the home of Eva Dalton Whipple, sister to the outlaw Dalton Gang, this two-room house was built in 1887. Members of the gang are said to have ridden up to the nearby barn then made their way up to the house via a secret tunnel. The site has been a tourist attraction since as long ago as the 1940s. Visit the hideout today and, after looking around the excellent museum in the barn (with obligatory two-headed calf), you can follow in the Dalton Gang's footsteps via a reconstruction of that 95 feet-long secret tunnel. ...
      by Published on 11-29-2013 12:12 AM

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      At around 120 miles long and as deep as 800 feet deep, Palo Duro is the USA's second largest canyon, earning it the nickname of The Grand Canyon of Texas. Unlike its Arizona cousin however, this one is easily accessible by car, allowing everyone to enjoy its beautiful geological features as well as the flora and fauna of the Texas panhandle. Hikes range from easy strolls to more challenging trails. Other activities include horse riding (guided tours available), mountain biking and bird watching. ...
      by Published on 11-28-2013 12:26 AM

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      One of the nation's oldest professional theatres, Barter opened its doors in 1933. It acquired its name because during the Great Depression, patrons who could not afford to buy tickets were admitted in exchange for donating food. With notable alumni including Gregory Peck, Ernest Borgnine and Kevin Spacey, Barter has a rich tradition of providing top notch theatre in a historic venue. ...
      by Published on 11-27-2013 12:08 AM

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      Tascosa began life as a meeting place for Indians and Comancheros, before the arrival of ranchmen like Charles Goodnight and Thomas S. Bugbee earned it the nickname "The Cowboy Capital of the Plains" as it become the center of the open range world. The town soon became known as much for its lawlessness as for its trade, and its Boot Hill cemetery began filling up from 1879 onwards. The town's importance began to decline with the fencing off of the plains: barbed wire was first employed commercially at the nearby Frying Pan Ranch. ...
      by Published on 11-25-2013 12:02 AM

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      This small and otherwise entirely unremarkable city was at the heart of America's most infamous man-made natural disaster, the 1930s Dust Bowl. A combination of drought and bad land management resulted in years of devastating dust storms, forcing families throughout the region to head west on Route 66 looking for work. The impact that this eco-disaster had on the region (once known as No Man's Land) was brilliantly chronicled in the 2012 PBS series, The Dust Bowl. ...
      by Published on 11-24-2013 12:34 AM

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      A Route 66 landmark for many years, the 'Leaning Tower of Texas' was deliberately built this way to attract attention, getting motorists to slow down and then stop at Ralph Britten's truck stop and restaurant. The restaurant is long gone but the water tower still stands on the eastern edge of town, leaning 10 degrees from the vertical (although it looks a lot more) with one leg hanging in the air. ...
      by Published on 11-23-2013 12:31 AM

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      This 1,149 acre site was acquired by the Dept. of the Interior during the 1930s - the Dust Bowl years - as part of efforts to return some of the land worst affected by drought and over-intensive farming to its natural state. Today, having recovered from a devastating fire in 2006, the native grasslands and water of Lake McClellan provide habitat for a variety of wildlife including deer, coyotes and turkeys. ...
      by Published on 11-20-2013 12:26 AM

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      The Jericho Gap was an unpaved section of the original alignment of Route 66, infamous for its tire-clogging mud. Motorists would often have to be pulled from the quagmire by a team of horses, a service which, according to (probably apocryphal) legend, proved so lucrative that local landowners would deliberately flood the road. The notorious 18-mile section - from Alanreed to Groom - was realigned a mile north in 1936 to bypass the mud, with inevitable results on the tiny community of Jericho - now a ghost town. ...
      by Published on 11-19-2013 12:21 AM

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      For nearly a century, Shenandoah Caverns has offered a one-mile underground tour of spectacular geologic formations including, most notably, the Breakfast Bacon formation featured in the National Geographic magazine. As if the caverns weren't reason enough to go, there are also 3 other attractions on the premises, all included in your reasonably priced admission. Main Street of Yesteryear showcases antique department store window displays. American Celebration on Parade is an exhibit of floats, props and stage settings from parades, including the Rose Bowl Parade, and presidential inaugurations. The Yellow Barn is a colorful shopping experience as well as an exhibit of antique farm machinery. It even includes a live beehive. ...
      by Published on 11-18-2013 12:45 AM

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      The Tower Conoco Service Station and U-Drop-Inn Restaurant building was finished in 1936 and its unique Art Deco-style brick and glazed green tile architecture, complete with twin towers, made it one of the most distinctive landmarks along the entire length of Route 66. After a period of gradual decline, the business finally closed for good in the 1990s. In 2003-04 the building underwent specialist restoration and - a little peeling paint aside - looks as smart and striking today as it ail have done at any other point in its long history. ...

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