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#1 PumpkinWraith

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 02:39 PM

My daughter has suddenly become obsessed with Disney Pixar's Cars and after having to have the movie on in the background constantly for the last 4 weeks it got me thinking about the real places on Route 66.  Another member posted about places to visit around that area and Tombstone was mentioned.  I know that's not on the actual road but it doess goes through Arizona and I would love to visit there as it's just competely different to the UK.  

So I decided to have a look online and see what the real places that inspired the movie could come up with.  I'm not surprised that there are many stories but I#ve never really known much about Route 66 until now.  Even the non haunted palces are fascinating to me.  I think when I get the chance to have a proper adventure holiday, I will definately be coming back to the US again and I hope to drive at least some of the road if not all of it.

Here is a link to some of the stories...

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 08:44 AM

If I remember correctly Wickenburg is attached to R66. And if you actually do this trip and don't mind venturing off the route a little, Jerome is pretty close to Wickenburg..... ;)
But unfortunately Tombstone is about 5-6hrs away from there (depending on traffic and how fast you're willing to drive :D)

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 07:33 PM

well  route 66 is   huge really and it splits off  and has some dead ends to and  even some unmentioned places on it  are more haunted then the famous ones. one of my friends said to stay away from that road because of one section that it takes you through  had many people die and you get like ghost hitch hikers and things.
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Posted 01 May 2011 - 04:14 PM

Rt 66 is very historic.  Thanks for bringing up a website that includes so much of that history.  :bunny:

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 10:33 PM

I recently did that trip Part of Route 66 from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon and then on to Jerome and then through the desert to Tombstone.

Route 66 was amazing (so much more interesting than the interstate) with lots of small settlements to look at.  Where possible we chose to follow Route 66 and found it very interesting.  Jerome is a great place to visit and is a ghost towm perched on the side of a mountain overlooking the desert.  We stayed in a huanted B&B where according to the guest log we had a cowboy type ghost in our room.  It was very interesting that I didn't tell my husband this but he complained that he hadn't slept well as he had a feeling that someone was in the room and was watching us!  We spent a day exploring the town.  It has lots of old derelict building from a by-gone era.

We then drove to Tombstone.  If you do this allow a full day.  Tombstone was my absolute favourite place in the USA!!  Thank you for whoever suggested it.  We stayed 2 nights (but could have done with 3).  I highly recommend you stay at the Tombstone Bordello which is another haunted B&B.  The owners are very hospitable full of stories.  The Birdcage Theatre in Tombstone is supposedely one of the most haunted building in the US abd does a ghost tour each night.  Soooo incredible sitting in the back room in the pitch black hoping for an emf meter to go off or something to happen!  We heard great stories of previous tours (including from some of the other guests at our accommodation) but nothing happened on the night we were there.  This didn't daunt us though as the whole town is steeped in history.  We visited the Tombstone Cemetary where a quite famous ghost photo was taken and many famous Western greats are buried.  There are numerous historic buildings housing shops, bars, restaurants ect and the entire town is small enough to walk around.  We took a drive to Bisbey which is about a half hour drive away.  There are a lot more touristy/arty type shops there and it is also very historic.

We went from Tombstone to LA and stayed on the Queen Mary ...but that is another story!

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Posted 06 May 2011 - 01:45 AM

View PostKiwilady, on 05 May 2011 - 10:33 PM, said:

I recently did that trip Part of Route 66 from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon and then on to Jerome and then through the desert to Tombstone.

Route 66 was amazing (so much more interesting than the interstate) with lots of small settlements to look at.  Where possible we chose to follow Route 66 and found it very interesting.  Jerome is a great place to visit and is a ghost towm perched on the side of a mountain overlooking the desert.  We stayed in a huanted B&B where according to the guest log we had a cowboy type ghost in our room.  It was very interesting that I didn't tell my husband this but he complained that he hadn't slept well as he had a feeling that someone was in the room and was watching us!  We spent a day exploring the town.  It has lots of old derelict building from a by-gone era.

We then drove to Tombstone.  If you do this allow a full day.  Tombstone was my absolute favourite place in the USA!!  Thank you for whoever suggested it.  We stayed 2 nights (but could have done with 3).  I highly recommend you stay at the Tombstone Bordello which is another haunted B&B.  The owners are very hospitable full of stories.  The Birdcage Theatre in Tombstone is supposedely one of the most haunted building in the US abd does a ghost tour each night.  Soooo incredible sitting in the back room in the pitch black hoping for an emf meter to go off or something to happen!  We heard great stories of previous tours (including from some of the other guests at our accommodation) but nothing happened on the night we were there.  This didn't daunt us though as the whole town is steeped in history.  We visited the Tombstone Cemetary where a quite famous ghost photo was taken and many famous Western greats are buried.  There are numerous historic buildings housing shops, bars, restaurants ect and the entire town is small enough to walk around.  We took a drive to Bisbey which is about a half hour drive away.  There are a lot more touristy/arty type shops there and it is also very historic.

We went from Tombstone to LA and stayed on the Queen Mary ...but that is another story!

I was talking about you in the first post KiwiLady :) Glad you had a wonderful time, you got me wondering about the area after you asked for places to see and what with my little girl  obsessing over Lightning McQueen... I thought I'd look it up.

I'm sooooo Jealous!!!!  :th_sarcastic_blum:

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Posted 06 May 2011 - 12:19 PM

The Jerome Grand Hotel in Jerome Arizona is haunted. We stayed there two summers ago. We took a tour then got equipment from the hotel and we did our own investigation. The hotel is a former hospital for the mining companies that were there. Some man died in the elevator shaft by laying with his head in the shaft and his body outside and he was decapitated. Also a man comitted suicide by hanging and a vet threw himself over the balcony and died.

Ths town is really neat.
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Posted 27 May 2011 - 10:19 AM

I always wanted to travel route 66. There are some areas of the road that were once old silver towns that turned into service based towns when the road came through and the silver pewtered out. When the road bypaassed them, they dried up and died. I bet some of those ghost towns have ghosts.

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 11:58 AM

In 2000, I saw part of Rt 66 when I was in Amarillo, TX. Nothing haunted there, I don't think. Don't have any of the photos digitized though. Sorry. Incidentally, that same theme in the movie is the very reason it's one of my favourite Disney films. I love the nostalgia. :)

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 02:14 PM

View PostPumpkinWraithGStudy, on 24 January 2011 - 02:39 PM, said:

My daughter has suddenly become obsessed with Disney Pixar's Cars and after having to have the movie on in the background constantly for the last 4 weeks it got me thinking about the real places on Route 66.  Another member posted about places to visit around that area and Tombstone was mentioned.  I know that's not on the actual road but it doess goes through Arizona and I would love to visit there as it's just competely different to the UK.  

So I decided to have a look online and see what the real places that inspired the movie could come up with.  I'm not surprised that there are many stories but I#ve never really known much about Route 66 until now.  Even the non haunted palces are fascinating to me.  I think when I get the chance to have a proper adventure holiday, I will definately be coming back to the US again and I hope to drive at least some of the road if not all of it.

Here is a link to some of the stories...

Ghosts of Route 66

I LOVE driving Route 66 and I-40. That is what is known as taking the High Road to LA because it goes through a part of the country known as the High Desert.
Every time I go that route, I see something I haven't seen before.
I really liked the song from "Cars" called "Our Town" by James Taylor. It's sweet and sad.
On my last drive to LA, I got my picture taken while "standin' on a corner in Winslow, Arizona".

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Posted 12 June 2011 - 05:17 AM

I was in Jerome Arizona many years ago, if I would have known it was haunted, I would have stayed longer!!!  Darn.  It is a really cool place, I will have to dig up my photos from there and take a better look at them.

Jerome has a very cool "artist vibe" and many talented people display and sell their work there.  I would recommmend it as a vacation destination on that basis alone. (If you are interested in that sort of thing.)
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Posted 19 April 2017 - 10:46 PM

Add Fort Reno in El Reno to the list.  Tours every October.
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Posted 20 April 2017 - 01:42 PM

Thanks for the added information.

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 01:29 AM

A word of warning to anyone wanting to stay at the Hotel Monte Vista in Flagstaff:
It is quite simply the worst Hotel I have ever stayed in! It is NOT haunted.
The pipes knock, it's close to the train station, so you can hear the trains every hour or so
and the lift doesn't work, so you have to lug your suitcase up the stairs like I did.
No one famous has EVER stayed there. (I checked. Don't ask how.)
They just say that it's haunted and that famous people have stayed there to draw in business.
The room they put me in had purple wallpaper and a broken guitar on the wall!
After 3 hours I demanded and got my refund.
Do yourself a favor if you have a mind to be spending the night in Flagstaff during your travels
and stay at the Embassy Suites by Hilton. MUCH nicer.

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 02:29 AM

Thanks for the heads up :)
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Posted 15 May 2017 - 05:45 AM

I was just looking up Flagstaff, AZ online... what a beautiful place to visit!  ...... just need to avoid Hotel Monte Vista is all.  ;)