Some Favorite Route 66 Photochrome Postcards

Box Canyon Trading Post
The Box Canyon Trading Post was one mile east of the state line in New Mexico. It was built by Leroy Atkinson in 1943 and he ran it for a decade until US Highway 66 was widened, which impacted the commercial viability of the property. The building itself seems fairly modern with big plate glass windows along the front, the requisite Indian drawings, and even the gas pumps seem fairly modern too. But the maroon Chevron gasoline style sign and the streamlined automobile seem to indicate the decade of the 1950s. (Petley 6961)

Indian Trail Trading Post
The Indian Trail Trading Post in Lupton, Arizona, was opened in 1946 by Max and Amelia Ortega and operated near the state line for almost twenty years until it was razed for Interstate 40. This photochrome postcard has as much detail as you would need to see in a Southwestern trading post: a station selling a gallon of gas for as low as 27 cents, pumps with glass globes on top, Indian and western designs painted on the main trading post building, and a mid-1950s Ford station wagon out front. (Petley 11977)

Lupton Trading Post
The Lupton Trading Post in Lupton, Arizona, was one of several trading posts that lined old Route 66 from the state line west a couple of miles. The Lupton Trading Post was the official post office for the town and also sold Chevron gasoline. That light blue automobile is from the 1930s but there is also a "woody" wagon parked as well. The backdrop shows the distinctive red-orange butte on the north side of Highway 66 at Lupton which appears on many photochrome and real photo postcards from the area. (Petley 6719)

Big Arrows Trading Post
I selected this Big Arrows Trading Post in Houck, Arizona, postcard for the variety of sign details on the building. It would be expected that a trading post on Route 66 would also have gasoline pumps (Shell) as this one does. But what caught my eye was the grocery store at the far left. I think that it is possible that the Big Arrows Trading Post may have been the local grocery store for the small community of Houck too. It is hard to see but there is a telephone pole "arrow" stuck into the ground at the far left of this postcard image. (Douglas Smith 22500)