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Speculator, New York: Mini Route 66

John Jacob Van Buiten built 14 small buildings as a tribute to the Route 66 he recalled from his 1948 honeymoon. Seven moved here in 2016: a gas station, church, post office, general store, school, barbershop, and ice cream parlor. Olde Rt. 66 sans retro Rt. 66 worship.

Address:
2834 NY-30, Speculator, NY
Directions:
On the east side of NY-30, opposite the village's lakefront beach and park. Pull into the parking lot. You'll see a children's play area, and a small church behind it. The church is part of Mini Route 66.
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Mini Route 66.

Mini Route 66

It's kind of hard to find. It's tucked behind the playground and Speculator Pavilion.

[Chante Jero, 09/21/2023]

Be warned: aside from being three states east of the nearest stretch of that fabled highway, nothing about this place screams "Route 66!" to the modern traveler. It was built as a tribute to the Mother Road of 1948, a more sedate blacktop then than it would be by the 1960s, or is now.


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