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Route 66 Diner, New Mexico

We visited the US Botanic Garden’s annual “Season’s Greenings” display titled “Roadside Attractions” featuring plant-based recreations of iconic sights from across the United States, with G gauge model trains chugging around, below, through and above the displays.

In the heyday of Route 66 road travel during the 1950s and 1960s, this historic building was a Phillips gas station and service garage. It was converted to a diner in 1987 and retains much of the original building, including a working hydraulic lift. The diner prides itself on its collections of Route 66-era items, such as neon signs, Betty Boop memorabilia and one of the largest PEZ candy dispenser collections in America.

Building materials: Palm fronds (roof); acorn, gourd (clock); winged euonymus, redbud seed pods, palm stem, willow, elm bark (façade); star anise, wheat (lights); and red oak, birch bark, blue straw flowers and Harry Lauder's walking stick (sign).

U.S. Route 66, in eight states, posted earlier:

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Julie Oldfield01-Dec-2017 02:51
Love this capture! V
Ton T.30-Nov-2017 20:50
An impressive piece of work! Superb image of it V
Chris Morton30-Nov-2017 15:35
a warm look
victorswan30-Nov-2017 14:59
great presentation of this beautiful garden in this capture Helen BV
Patrick Goossens30-Nov-2017 14:10
A very nice way to present these attractions.
Nick Paoni30-Nov-2017 14:03
That would be such a cool place to visit.
Jim Coffman30-Nov-2017 13:48
How cool is that! Nice capture, Helen..
janescottcumming30-Nov-2017 13:47
I like it! V
Ton, Ben & Rob Nagtegaal30-Nov-2017 07:45
Beautiful wel presented and well captured image. V
joseantonio30-Nov-2017 05:14
they have done a lovely job here.V