Retro rest stops add historical twist on your summer road trip

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Are you planning a road trip this summer? Inject your trip with some unusual roadside architecture: rest stops with a vintage vibe. Vintage rest stops, one-of-a-kind architecture, can still be found set within some of the country’s most arrestingly beautiful landscapes. It’s not uncommon for these older rest stops to be overlooked or deteriorated due to lack of maintenance.

An epic road trip featuring America’s vanishing roadside stops by photographer Ryann Ford captured rest stops spanning from the 1930s to the 1970s. Her photographs are shared in the book, The Last Stop, Vanishing Rest Stops of the American Roadside.

Roadside architecture with great character abounds. Websites, such as Travel Retro, provide inspiration and information on vintage and often historic points of interest. Mead & Hunt is no stranger to this unique resource either. We prepared a management plan, historic context and registration requirements for Texas’s roadside parks.

As you travel America, please snap photos of the interesting and unusual roadside architecture. I’d love to see what history inspires you.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Liz Boyer specializes in historic and archival research, reconnaissance-level surveys and evaluation of National Register eligibility. Her experience includes Section 106, Section 4(f), HAER documentation, and NEPA compliance. She lives one block off Route 66 and states that she loves “hands-on history and finding new ways to experience a historic place.”

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