Some Favorite Route 66 Photochrome Postcards

Rimmy Jim's
Rimmy Jim's was where the road south to Meteor Crater intersected Route 66. "Rimmy" Jim Giddings actually leased the building during his years on Route 66 (circa 1933 - 1943). Rimmy Jim's, under that exact name, was listed in Jack Rittenhouse's "A Guidebook to Highway 66" from 1946. It has always intrigued me that this location on Highway 66 was specifically known as "Rimmy Jims" on Arizona highway maps printed to at least 1958. Apparently his name had substantial staying power long after his death. (Petley 13770)

Canyon Padre Trading Post
The Canyon Padre Trading Post was 20 miles east of Flagstaff, just east of the rim of the Canyon Padre. The main stucco building looks great with nicely detailed Indian paintings along the sides, front, and around the doorway. Two long strings of brightly colored flags stretch out to the pump island where there is a Mobil gas sign with the Pegasus horse and what could be a couple of wooden Indians. The second building in this postcard view is a prefabricated Valentine diner. This trading post was expanded and eventually became what is more popularly known today as the Twin Arrows Trading Post. (Dexter 60973)

Winona, Arizona
"Don't forget Winona" so a postcard has to be included among my fifty favorites, right? Bill Adams built the original Winona Trading Post on the main road that would become the early Highway 66 into Flagstaff from the east (Townsend-Winona Road today). He built this new Winona Trading Post when Highway 66 was re-aligned to the south around 1947. The early Winona Trading Post was listed in Jack Rittenhouse's "A Guidebook to Highway 66" from 1946. These Texaco gasoline pumps have the old glass globes on top. The purpose of the more distant building appears to be for more substantial vehicle servicing and repair. The building still stands today. (Petley 22739)

Williams, Arizona
This street scene postcard of Williams, Arizona, shows some nice detail. From the left is a woody wagon, a big ice cream cone sign, a red-white-blue Pepsi sign, Lee's Café, and some commercial buildings including Babbitt's department store. On the right is a large sign for Sutton's Court and the local Sultana theatre. (Sutton's Court became the Whiting Brothers Motor Hotel and is now the Arizona 9 Motel.) Notice that this street (then named Bill Williams Avenue) is two-way, placing this postcard image prior to 1955 when Bill Williams Avenue became one-way east-bound Highway 66 and adjacent Railroad Avenue became west-bound Highway 66. (Petley S3040)