Scott Sporleder takes us through Seligman, Peach Springs, Truxton, Hackberry, and finally the mule town of Oatman.

ROUTE 66 was once a bustling highway, the bloodline for any American looking to travel West. But is now a decaying remnant of a forgotten time. Built in 1926, Route 66 started in Chicago and traveled 2,448 miles to its destination point in Santa Monica, California, on the Pacific Ocean.

Made famous by the song “(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66” and also a TV show, Route 66 is a piece of American history that, although may not be in as much demand today, can still offer anyone a uniquely scenic drive.

The following images are from the Southwestern leg of Route 66 in Arizona. Exiting off of the I-40 through Seligman, Peach Springs, Truxton, Hackberry, and finally the mule town of Oatman.

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Route 66

1. Route 66: West or Bust!

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Mannequins

2. The town of Seligman offers countless places filled with memorabilia of yesterday.

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Pepsis

3. An abandoned gas station with some old Pepsi's still in the sink.

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Delgadillo's Snow Cap Drive-In

4. Delgadillo's Snow Cap Drive-In is a famous roadside eatery which opened in the early '50s. The walls are adorned with business cards from around the world and kitsch items sprinkled throughout.

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Seligman

5. Main drag: Seligman.

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classic cars

6. Route 66 and its rusted out classic cars.

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bus depot

7. An old bus depot.

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Central bank

8. The central bank in Chloride, Arizona.

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historic scene

9. Just one of many historic scenes.

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Americana

10. A few pieces of Americana.

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Hill Top Motel

11. Hill Top Motel, Kingman.

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Route 66

12. A remnant of the original Route 66 as it winds into Oatman.

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Oatman

13. Oatman is a classic mining town with a very interesting population -- it's known for its resident mules, who come and go and at times cause their own traffic jams in town.

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Oatman

14. Oatman, Arizona.