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Along Route 66–A New Web Site


66-Park-in, St. Louis

66-Park-in Theatre, St. Louis

Along Route 66




Have you made your pilgraimage down America’s Highway from Chicago to LA?

If you have, then cruise this site.

Are you an armchair traveler interested in Route 66? 

If you are, then cruise this site.

Do you enjoy classic black and white photography?

If so, then cruise this site.

It’s finally up, a web site for the sale of black and white images from Along Route 66, and Route 66: the Highway and its People.

It is still a work in progress, but images of Illinois, St. Louis, Missouri, and Oklahoma are up.

Print information 8 x 10 prints only:

All prints are signed. Prices are for unmatted and unframed prints that will mailed flat.

All prints are scanned from 4 x 5 black and white negatives.

Prints come in two price levels:

Black and White Fuji Crystal Archive Prints: $47

Black and White Giclee Prints: $107

Black and White Fiber/ Silver Prints: $107

Plus shipping and handling

For Premium Large Format Prints: Please Call or Email for Prices





The Traders–Laguna to Grants

Wallace Gunn said people came to his Villa de Cubero because it was in a place they wanted to be. It was. 

It was the place where the research Susan Croce Kelly and I were doing came alive, where people passed us from one good interview to another. It started at the Cubero trading post, built in 1910, where the Gottlieb family had traded with the Lagunas since the 1860s.

We began to learn how trading posts change with the advent of automobiles and Route 66.

Sidney Gottlieb gave his customers credit for their livestock, which they used to by groceries and supplies and gasoline, when automobiles came along.


Cubero Trading Post

Cubero Trading Post



When Route 66 came past his door, he took cash for gas. When 66 moved south of the trading post, he and Wallace Gunn built La Villa de Cubera, a general store and motel and across the road a cafe. Gunn ran the Villa and eventually bought Gottlieb out.

Gottlieb passed us on to Wallace Gunn. Gunn passed  us on to Bud Gunderson, whose father C.K. Gunderson started as a trader with the Laguna, then a trader with the carrot farmers around Grants, and ended as the Standard Oil distributor for western New Mexico with outlets on the I-40 interchanges.

Gunderson went into  gasoline business to service his farmers. He went in the tire business when tourist bumped across the rail spur in front of his trading post and blew out their tires.

Bud Gunderson past us on to Marvel Prestridge, who told us about the growth of Grants.


Wallace Gunn, who owned the Villa de Cuebero in New Laguna, said that people came to his motel, because he was in a place they wanted to be. The region between the Laguna and Acoma Indian Reservations is the most interesting place along Route 66. The road went through Laguna. Acoma was a side trip, but a necessary side trip.

Acoma, the sky city: I first came upon Acoma from the west as the sun was setting, and I understood Coronado’s Seven Cities of Gold. 

Acoma Pueblo, 1982

Acoma Pueblo, 1982

I came from the northwest along New Mexico 38, which runs between McCarty’s and Acoma Pueblo. The road comes to the edge of a bluff before dropping down into the valley. Acoma sits 367 feet up on a sandstone mesa above the valley. The setting sun that day turned it gold. I was, of course, stupid and did not make a photograph. Once in the valley the road takes you to the base of the mesa. It is the oldest continuously inhabited village in the United States, dating back to 1150 AD. The Pueblo numbers 4,800 tribal members, who live in 250 houses without water, sewers, or electricity. 

Acoma House at edge of the Mesa

Acoma House at edge of the Mesa

When I first drove to Acoma in 1982, it was possible to drive up to the village without a guide.  I did need a guide and to pay a fee in order to make photographs up on the mesa.


San Esteban del Rey Mission

San Esteban del Rey Mission, 1629

When I returned in 1998, I found times have changed at the Acoma Pueblo. 

Out on I-40 the Pueblo runs the Sky City Casino and Hotel.

The tribe had build a visitors’ center and museum. I could only get up to the mesa if I sign up for a tour. Today, it costs $20 for an adult and $10 for children. Seniors, military, and university students pay $15. It’s worth the cost. Members of the tribe guide the tours. The photographic fee is $10.

In 1995 the Pueblo initiated a hunting program on their 431,664-acre reservation, offering guided hunts for mountain lion and black bear. For information about the casino, the museum, and wildlife and hunting on the reservation go to #mce_temp_url# .

In 2007 the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Acoma Pueblo as a NTHP site, the 28th in the nation and the only Native American site so named. The Trust assists the Pueblo with financial and professional support. Acoma assists the Trust in expanding its mission beyond bricks and mortar to community development.