U.S. Route 66 across Texas totaled 186 miles, and closely followed today's Interstate I-40.
The Mother Road crossed the Texas state line at Texola, OK, near Shamrock, and traveled west through McLean, Alanreed, Groom, Amarillo and into Adrian. From there, it continued on to Glenrio and into New Mexico.
Adrian is a popular stop for travelers, as it is located at the geo-mathematical midpoint of Route 66, positioned 1,139 miles (1,833 km) from both Chicago, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California. It is a small community, with only a couple of hundred residents.
The town's motto is "When you are here, you're halfway there."
Fran Houser, the owner of the Midpoint Café restaurant, antique and souvenir shop from 1990 until 2012, was the basis for the character of Flo of "Flo's V-8 Café" diner in the movie "Cars".
Midpoint Cafe & Gift Shop in Adrian
Located at the exact geo-mathematical center of Route 66
A great place to enjoy the delicious hamburgers and famous "ugly crust pies"! And a popular stop for photo ops and selfies!
Closed during the winter months. For more information and opening dates/times, phone 806.536.6379 and visit the ...
The Bent Door Midway Station
The Bent Door Café and trading post in Adrian was built by Bob Harris in 1947 on the site of the 1940s Kozy Kottage Kamp. The structure incorporates portions of a former air traffic control tower decommissioned after World War II - the tower windows originally slanted toward the runway, so the door is bent to match. The most recent Bent Door restoration efforts were begun in 2009.
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