The ghosts of Route 66
Today, the old path of Route 66 remains haunted by countless ruins and remains of motels, gas stations, diners and other drive-in's, ghost signs abandoned by the roadside.
How may are there? Nobody knows for sure. In any case, new buildings and structures are abandoned every year. It is estimated that more than 3,000 motels lay crumbling near the historic route. Interestingly enough, these are precisely what draw tourists from around the world, eager to shoot their cameras and take a trip back in time.
On occasion, entire cities have been abandoned, becoming thus "Ghost Towns" - a poetical if eerie nickname. Here, few institutions have survived 66 and still today, motels, restaurants and gas stations are forced to close.
Numerous cities, often opulent as Route 66 blessed them with its passage, slowly die out as Interstates gain traction. These would-be ghost towns still hold a handful of locals ... until when anyhow?