The ideal town for selfies on Route 66 is Seligman Arizona USA
For lovers of photography and selfies, there is no other town on Route 66 that is perfect to satisfy their desire for the perfect picture or background than Seligman in Arizona USA.
The town has a population of around 500 in 2023, so not big by any means, yet it is huge on opportunities for things to see and do. Of course, being on Route 66, the prevailing theme is modes of transport and their bits and bobs. I was impressed by the creativity of the person who made this "person" from old discarded car parts.
Located east of Kingman and west of Ash Fork, just off the I-40, this town has the honour of being the birthplace of the Historic Route 66 Association in 1987. Founded by local resident Angel Delgadillo (1927- ), all eight US Route 66 states followed his lead and established their own associations with the same goal - to preserve and promote this bypassed road that was once the main lifeline when driving across the USA. Angel is a barber and business owner, born and raised in Seligman.
His brother Juan opened Delgadillo's Snow Cap Drive-In in 1953. This is a famous eatery with Route 66 fans making it a must stop on their journey. After Juan passed away, it was run by his son. This eatery is full of kitschy and whimsical route 66 memorabilia. It is a fun, treasure trove of a restaurant where having a good time is the main aim. The food is a variety of burgers, hotdogs, shakes and malts.
What makes people stop in Seligman today? There is so much to see and do here. It definitely deserves at least an overnight stay to enjoy everything. Firstly, there is the all important photo opportunities.
The Roadkill Cafe has an interesting name, but the food inside is not roadkill. The slogan on the mural painted watertank boasts "You kill it, we grill it".
Next to the Roadkill Cafe is the Territorial Jail is a group of five storefront facades that have been created to look like an old wild west town.
There is also a recreated jail, jail wagon and outhouse to photograph. The sign on the "jail" states "1860 Arizona Territorial Jail". This is purely fictional advertising for the restaurant and saloon. It is simply to attract tourists. In fact, it was not until 1863 that the Arizona Territory was first established. Also, Seligman was established in 1886. long after 1860. They do say however, never let the truth get in the way of a good story.
Seligman is also known as having the most Route 66 souveniers along the whole route, available at every store and restaurant in town. I think if it can have the words Route 66 etched or labelled on it, it is for sale here.
The retro signage on hotels in town have been well maintained. It is nice to see these mom and pop establishments. There are no chain hotels in this town.
The Pixar movie Cars has a town called Radiator Springs that is loosely based on Seligman. There are several murals in town featuring some characters from the story.
Various venues along the main street (there is only one main street, you can't miss it), have vintage cars and vehicles in the yard. An old 1931 classic Studebaker that looked in amazing condition was for sale, only $28,900.
Other vehicles have not fared so well but are still great opportunities for photos.
The Copper Cart Motoporium is worth stepping inside. It is an Aladdin's cave of treasures to discover. Motorbikes, cars, a lifesized Elvis Statue, alien statues, old 50s diner booths, clothes, souveniers etc all complete for space. The owners are very friendly people and love to chat with everyone that comes in, so don't just take photos outside, venture in and explore.
The World Famous Black Cat Bar is also worth going inside and checking things out. This bar was built in 1963 and lives up to its welcoming reputation. Many a traveler has stopped in here for a cold drink, a warm chat and make new friends. This is a perfect example of a small-town American bar that makes you want to stay the night and do it all again tomorrow.
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