During the 1920s Americans were eager to drive and explore the United States. The road to take was Route 66. We, Zeb and Soapy, with our moms are driving Route 66 in northwest Arizona. At the entrance to the Black Mountains we discovered Cool Springs Service Station.
The original burned to the ground in the mid 1960s. This building was rebuilt from vintage photos. However, in 1991, the old burned ruins were featured in the film, Universal Soldiers, starring Dolph Lundgren and Jean-Claude Van Damme. In this film, the ruins were blown up. This restoration, completed in December 2004 looks great. Outside the station, we admired rocks and marveled at the honor system for paying.
It is nice! This sign post has names of home towns of visitors. Most also include the distance traveled to reach Cool Springs.
Inside we loved this car.
This sign explains the Pierce Arrow car and what people thought at the time.
Inside the Cool Springs Service Station, there is a small museum and many Route 66 souvenirs. Just know that this station does not sell gas. They sell souvenirs, a few cold drinks and a few snacks. And, they accept cash only. No credit cards as they do not have reliable internet. Valerie, the lady in Cool Springs, explained much of the history to us. She also said that Cool Springs was in the movie Cars. Outside we found the restroom.
We ducks are sitting on the sink. The toilet is in a special room behind the wall. So cute and rustic. Looking behind the station, we realize we really are in the desert mountains of northwest Arizona.
We, Zeb and Soapy, met Valerie’s dog, Pearl.
Pearl, this dog, is writing a book. Here, Pearl is telling us about her book.
Route 66 was the most famous road and connected Chicago, Illinois with Los Angeles, California. The section including Cool Springs was narrow and featured steep inclines through the Arizona mountains. When driving here, caution is still needed to safely arrive at your destination. Zeb and Soapy liked these Route 66 chairs.
When driving historic Route 66 stop at Cool Springs Service Station. You can enjoy a cool drink and pet Pearl.