A half hour from Kingman, Arizona, and two hours from Las Vegas is the Hackberry General Store, a.k.a. the “Mother Load of Mother Road Memorabilia.” This Route 66 icon started life as a grocery store and gas station in 1934 but was left to rot in the late ’70s when the introduction of Interstate 40 made Route 66 obsolete—just a dusty blip on a long and lonely highway.
In the early ’90s, artist and mapmaker Robert Waldmire took a shine to the abandoned property and revitalized it by embracing its ghost town roots. Hackberry General Store was born—a wonderland of kitschy Americana with beat-up tins signs and license plates, rusted old jalopies with spidered windshields, empty ice bins and analog fuel pumps, wagon wheels, cacti, old diner stools, the works. The project was sold to John and Kerry Pritchard two decades ago; now, it’s a popular place for Asian and European road trippers to pick up Route 66 keychains and glass-bottle colas. You don’t have to buy any trinkets to take pictures here though. Just park your car on the dirt shoulder and shoot until your memory card maxes out. Viva la ‘merica!
11255 AZ-66, Kingman, AZ; 928-769-2605.