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.