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Dimensions2803 x 3557
Original file size6.8 MB
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Date taken12-Jun-11 03:39
Date modified17-Jun-11 11:53
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Camera makeNIKON
Camera modelCOOLPIX S8100
Focal length16 mm
Focal length (35mm)89 mm
Max lens aperturef/3.5
Exposure1/1100 at f/8.8
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Normal
ISO speedISO 160
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Digital zoom0x
RT 66 MONUMENT FROM ACROSS 66 (Rt 66 Tucumcari NM)

RT 66 MONUMENT FROM ACROSS 66 (Rt 66 Tucumcari NM)

This is not the official Chamber of Commerce-authorized shot, but I think it sums up the 66 experience.

There's shiny chrome and new construction as the past is reinterpreted...this time with air-conditioning. But 66 is also rust, peeling paint, ruins of old gas stations, and blacktop under assault from "native plants" (weeds).

A little visual clutter too. Poles and wires and all the other things you only miss when you are so far away from a town you don't see them anymore.

Fewer than 6000 people live in Tucumcari, the largest place, by far, between Albuquerque and Amarillo--a span of 272 Interstate miles. The city, once known as Six-Shooter Siding, is trying to reinvent itself once again. So here's a monument to all that's new and shiny. Framed by the historic and falling-apart.

Just down the historic pavement of 66, an abandoned 1950s era motel sits between iconic neon signs for the Blue Swallow Motel and Teepee Curios. A sombrero-topped Mexican restaurant tries for new life as a flower and gift shop.

Meanwhile, the real business in Tucumcari flows to Mickey D and Subway and Chevron--all conveniently located along I-40. Their great big poles hold up great big signs that are completely free of neon or fins.