Saturday, April 4, 2015

Hackberry, Arizona on Route 66

Yesterday I took a ride to the town of Hackberry on Route 66.   Way back when Route 66 was popular and generated lots of traffic, this little town was thriving.  Now, there's not much along Route 66 besides the gas station/general store.  There are multiple old vehicles rusting away, and the photo below shows a sample of the Burma Shave signs you would have seen along the road back in the day.

There were old soda bottle vending machines, with racks for the bottles to be returned for deposit.

Two fuel pump islands were available at this store, but now, there are picnic tables between the islands.

A really nicely maintained (or restored) old Corvette sat in the shade next to the store.   I wondered if it actually was in running condition, and found out when I went back by there a couple hours later and saw that it had been moved out next to the gas pumps.

The store had snacks, T shirts, hats, photos, posters and other memorabilia, as well as a room set up as an old soda shop.

Outside, among the rusty vehicles and tires sat an old outhouse and an old wringer washer.

I had an interesting day driving along the road and will be posting more about Route 66 in the future.


  1. I love the pop machine with a place for used bottles - the original recycling program. Looks like a fun place to visit. Cheers - Ellen

    1. I liked the recycling also. People got lazy and didn't want to deal with reusable bottles, so now we're littering the world with plastic!