A QTVR Trip Down Route 66

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This has been a merging of hobbies for me. First, my chemical photography hobby mortphed into digital and then merged into my Apple Computer passion. Then, after I acquired sufficent panoramic technology (camera, lens, etc) to allow the timely generation of QTVR spherical panoramas possible, my Route 66 hobby was rekindled and was merged also. Now my main hobby is the documentation of Old US Route 66 using QTVR Panoramas.

Below, I have inventoried the panoramas I have produced on 66 in geographic order east to west as if it was being travelled. These are the same panoramas that are in the Route 66 part of this web site but without any normal still photograpy.

I will add a Google Earth Bookmark file later that shows the geographic location of each panorama.

I hope you enjoy the QTVR trip down 66.

David S.

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MISSOURI

VR Panorama on the Chain-of-Rocks Bridge just east of the center bend. ('07)
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VR Panorama of the CoR Bridge right at the center bend. ('07)
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VR Panorama on the CoR Bridge about a third of the way down the MO side. It was taken from an observation platform that sticks out of the south side. ('07)
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VR Panorama taken about two thirds of the way down the MO side. The anti-vehicle barrier gates can be seen in the distance. ('07)
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VR Panorama taken at the foot of the MO side of the CoR Bridge. Biking/walking trails tie in here and the area has been cleared for a small park and parking lot. ('07)
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VR Panorama taken inside the observation deck at the top of the Jefferson Arch.
It was handheld (I didn't take my tripod in the elevator) so it is a little rough. ('09)

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VR Panorama taken underneath and to the east of the Jefferson Arch. ('09)
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VR Panorama taken directly underneath the Jefferson Arch. ('09)
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VR Panorama taken of the Jefferson Arch from the West side on the riverfront. ('09)
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A view of the Jefferson Arch from the NorthEast corner. ('10)
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A view of the Jefferson Arch from the East. Note the flood stage of the river. ('10)
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Panorama taken at the North entrance to the underground park. ('10)
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Panorama taken in the underground facility of the Jefferson Arch. ('10)
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Panorama taken just inside the entrance to the Museum of Westward Expansion. ('10)
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Inside the Museum of Westward Expansion. ('10)
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Inside the Museum of Westward Expansion. ('10)
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Inside the Museum of Westward Expansion. ('10)
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Inside the Museum of Westward Expansion. ('10)
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VR Panorama of the west side of Ted Drewes' on Watson Road '66. ('07)
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VR Panorama of Ted Drewes' from the west side. It was pretty cool out but there was a regular crowd getting their 'concrete' fix. ('07)
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VR Panorama of the Route 66 Park Visitor Center. They have a great collection of memorabilia from the Park and the city of Times Beach (and its destruction). Don't pass it by. ('07)
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VR Panorama on the 66 bridge into the park. Due to weight restrictions, traffic has been reduced to a single lane. ('07)
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VR Panorama under the west end of the bridge. A spur comes down off of the north side of '66 and loops under the the 66 bridge and the interstate bridges on the south side. ('07)
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VR Panorama of 66 as it angles out of the park and west where it dead-ends under the interstate and a rail line. The parking area is for people who want to walk/jog/bike the abandoned streets of Times Beach. There is a loop that works its way through the park and back again. ('07)
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VR Panorama of silica cliffs where 66 is sandwiched up against the railroad. At one time there was a lookout point at the top but I could find no path up. Further west there are numerous mines dug into the cliff where silica was once mined commercially. ('07)
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VR Panorama of the Diamonds Truck Stop. The facility can be seen beyond the parking lot behind the sign but is now closed. ('07)
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VR Panorama of the Hill Top Restaurant and Truck Stop. Both are now closed. ('07)
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VR Panorama of the outside of the Merimec Caverns facility. Merimec Caverns offers boat rides and canoeing trips too. ('07)
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VR Panorama of the Oak Wayside Park along 66. It appears to have been abandoned as the road has been cut where it turns off of 66 (at both ends) and all of the benches and BBQ's have been removed. All that remains is the concrete pads and pole foundations. Be careful if you think you want to drive into it as there are unmarked trenches cut across the entry road at both ends. I burned up a lot of clutch trying to back up a 30 degree slope when I turned in before I saw them. ('07)
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VR Panorama of a piece of split 66 that is planted with trees down the middle. ('07)
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VR Panorama of 66 Moters and Gift Shop in Rolla, right on 66. It was closed and a sign said the owner had retired and the inventory was available for sale. Quite sad as this was a stop I was looking forward to. ('07)
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VR Panorama taken from the middle of the abandoned interstate that used to pass through here. I took this shot directly opposite of John's Modern Cabins in the middle of what was once an interstate highway. This piece has been moved north to the other side of the hill behind the cabins in an effort to lower the grade on the descent to the river crossing at Arlington. ('07)
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VR Panorama of John's Modern Cabins. There is only one cabin left that hasn't started to collapse. One good thing about the interstate being moved is that it is a lot easier to get there now as there is access from the the prior south frontage road that leads to Arlington. ('07)
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VR Panorama of John's Modern Cabins showing them all from the front. ('07)
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VR Panorama of downtown Arlington. There isn't much left of what was once a busy Route 66 river crossing and rail-head. ('07)
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VR Panorama of the Stoneydell Resort across the river from Arlington. This is the remains of the store and guest cabins. A swimming pool was on the other side of 66. ('07)
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VR Panorama in the middle of the Hooker Cut on 4-lane 66. At one time this was the deepest rock cut in the U.S. ('07)
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VR Panorama taken above the Devil's Elbow from atop the rock retaining wall along old old 66. The railway bridge can be seen where it crosses the river. ('07)
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VR Panorama from inside the Munger Moss Motel Office. The Munger Moss Motel is a real gem on Route 66, located on the east side of Lebanon where 66 enters town. A definite stay. ('07)
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VR Panorama of the Munger Moss Motel. The facility snakes around up the hill behind a swimming pool where there are more rooms. ('07)
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VR Panorama of the inside of the room I stayed in. It is definitely period inside but is well maintained and clean. ('07)
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VR Panorama inside Wrink's Market (and Deli) a block west of the Munger Moss. The market was recently restored and reopened by the grandson of the original builder. One of the best examples of the nearly extinct neighborhood market. A definite stop. ('07)
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VR Panorama taken in the middle of old 66 in Spenser. ('07)
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VR Panorama of old 66 where it enters what is now a park outside of Carthage along a sweeping curve that was once a major intersection. ('07)
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VR Panorama of 66 where it leaves the park and is bisected by a newer 66 bridge into downtown Carthage. ('07)
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VR Panorama of the Boots Motel in Carthage. ('07)
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VR Panorama of an isolated piece of 66 where it once entered a city park. The abandoned piece of 66 is bisected by an interstate on the other side of the hill. ('07)
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VR Panorama of the 66 Drive-In on the west side of Carthage. ('07)
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