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Martin's Motel

Welcome to Martin's Motel.  Warm clean rooms with new beds.  No railroad tracks.  Make yourself comfortable and enjoy your visit here!

I have uploaded a few of my pictures. The photo above is actually a copy of the post card available to guests of Martin's Motel in Ash Fork AZ. My dad, Herb Martin, built this in the 50's. We lived in Los Angeles but made business trips during the year and extended trips in the summer. Rt 66 ran right in front of it.

He sold the property when I was in high school and a truck stop / cafe was built in front. It was known as the County Line Cafe. Last time through I stopped and visited with the current owner who was the same guy that bought it from my dad. Had a nice time visiting the old property which included 70+ acres bordering on a national forest. Had great times driving a jeep and shooting my rifle back there as a kid.

Trivia; up until 1976 Ash Fork had no municipal water well. Most water to the town came in by rail and was distributed by tank trucks. Every building had a rain barrel and collected as much water as possible for washing and cleaning.

While we lived in Los Angeles, my grandparents were in Oklahoma. So we made many trips back and forth on the western half of 66. I now live in Yukon, OK and Route 66 is Main Street thru town. My youngest son lives in Alhambra, Ca just off 66 and my oldest son lived in Chicago for a couple of years. Wasn't planned but I loved driving 66 both directions to visit the boys!

My wife and I have spent a lot of time traveling and exploring Route 66. As we travel we try to document locations by GPS and then recording on a laptop with mapping software. We also try to include notes and photos to document information about places. On this site is some of the results of our travels. We hope you enjoy the map and can use it on your own adventures.

Warm regards and happy travels on 66!

Rick Martin

Yukon, Oklahoma

Martin's Motel





Sleepy Hollow Motel

 This is the only picture I have ever seen of the Sleepy Hollow Motel in Ash Fork.  It was located just to the West of Martin's motel and we would go over there for breakfast in the cafe since we didn't have one.  Don't know when it was torn down but there is now a business selling flagstone on the empty lot.

sleepy hollow

sleepy hollow

66 Bowl in Oklahoma City

Gone but not forgotten.  The .gif  is based on a photo by Randy C. Anderson.  His Rt 66 collection is HERE. You can also preview his book "The Mother Road - Route 66 in Oklahoma"


Gary Turner's Sinclair Station



The above night shot was done by Tim Anderson using High Dynamic Range photography.  It is simply the best shot of Gary's station at night I have seen.  Tim has a collection of Rt 66 and other subjects in his Flickr account.  Go to the link below to enjoy his work.

Sadly we lost Gary Jan 22, 2015.   He will always be remembered by his Route 66 friends as a kind and friendly ambassador on the road.

UPDATE March 2017  We stopped by visited with Gary's daughter Barbara.   She has moved back to take over the property and keep Gary's station going.   She has everything cleaned up, stocked and ready to roll.  Stop by for a visit and sign the new memory fence!

Tim's Flickr collection

The two photos below are mine.

Night shot

Night shot



Milky Way on 66

Here is another exceptional Rt 66 photo. This one was taken by Steve Vuoso near Barstow. His Flickr account is HERE


Blue Swallow June 2011

Saw the sunset and had to catch it with the neon turned on.


1949 Chevy Hot Rod

  My friend Danny and I built this truck over at his shop.  It has a Nova front end with disc brakes, a small block Chevy V8 and Dakota Digital dash / instruments.  His wife Marietta added the eyes.  The bridge is on Route 66 at Lake Overholser near Yukon.



Yukon's Best Flour

Here is shot of the Yukon mill after restoration.   I used it to create this animated .gif

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