• Jericho Gap - Clarendon, Texas

      Jericho Gap, Route 66
      Photo by Peter Thody
      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.

      If you go:
      Much of the Jericho Gap now lies on private property but sections are accessible from the Alanreed (pictured) and Groom ends. The remains of old Jericho can be visited by leaving Interstate Highway 40 at exit 123 south: follow Highway 70 for about a mile then turn west on County Road B.


      County Road B
      Clarendon, Texas 79226 USA