Route 66 Gift Shop.

Angel and Vilma's Route 66 Shop

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Seligman, Arizona

In 1987 Angel Delgadillo turned his barber shop and pool hall into the world's first Route 66-themed souvenir store (His brother, Juan, ran the wacky Snow Cap Drive-In down the block).

At the time, Angel must have seemed crazy; Route 66 had been decommissioned, and traffic through town had slowed to a trickle. But he believed in The Mother Road. He became the first president of the Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona, and succeeded in convincing the state to declare the dead highway "Historic Route 66."

That was the start of the revival of Route 66, and it has led to hundreds of Route 66 themed souvenir stores in a half-dozen states. But Angel's was the first.

Angel and Vilma's Route 66 Shop

22265 W. Historic Route 66, Seligman, AZ
On the south side of Route 66 at the east edge of town, between Lamport and Floyd Sts.
Daily 8-6, winter 9-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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