There is plenty to see and do when touring old historic Route 66! This old road runs from Chicago to Santa Monica and it once was the main vacation travel corridor to all destinations in the Southwest. There are many historical alignments of Route 66 that can vary from 1920s style wooden plank roads out in the middle of the Mojave Desert to paved frontage roads that parallel the modern interstate freeway. Route 66 is still there in bits and pieces like a jigsaw puzzle in some places, while some long stretches of the Mother Road can found in remote areas that were bypassed long ago.
When touring Route 66 visitors can start any place along the Mother Road that they wish and get off the highway wherever they want to. There is no minimum time that has to be spent on this old travel route and there is no reason to hurry. There is only Route 66, which is like visiting a time capsule from the golden age of automobile touring. Best still, Route 66 has always been ranked high in the weird tourist attraction department, so those who have a taste for the strange, odd and macabre will truly get a thrill out of the roadside oddities that await to be discovered along Route 66!
The weirdness of Route 66 definitely runs thick through the Texas panhandle and the Britten Water Tower is a fine example. The Britten Water Tower is better known as the Leaning Tower Of Texas and this captivating roadside oddity can be found along the I-40 Frontage Road just east of Groom. Parts of this interstate highway frontage road actually are old Route 66 alignments, so it is fairly easy for the high speed freeway travelers to step back in time.
The first thing that tourists notice is that the Britten Water Tower leans to one side, just like the Leaning Tower Of Pisa in Italy. Some may ask about the town of Britten is, but there really is no answer to this question, because the word Britten refers to an old Route 66 truck stop that no longer exists. The Leaning Tower Of Texas actually was a Route 66 style advertising ploy and it was quite an effective one at that. Many Route 66 tourists stopped to take a picture of the leaning tower and the smell of Texas style home cooking at the old truck stop used to draw them right on in.
The Leaning Tower Of Texas is perched out in the middle of a farm field just a few hundred yards off of old Route 66. This old tower still leans to one side, so this landmark does enable some good selfie photo opportunities. All it takes to experience the Britten Water Tower is getting off the hectic Interstate Highway 40 near Groom. Stepping back in time to the carefree fun days of touring old Route 66 is as easy as this!
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