This weekend, Ken and I will be hittin' the road! Road trip, baby!
We're going to Springfield, Missouri to visit Ken's Mom and stepdad. We haven't seen them since Christmas, so we thought this would be a good time to get down there. (We'll see my Mom and Dad the following weekend.)
We'll be leaving Friday morning and getting back Monday night. Since our time is limited, we won't be doing any sightseeing, except I've made one request: John's Modern Cabins outside of Rolla, Missouri.
For much of the way, we'll be taking I-44, which parallels a lot of Route 66. If we had more time, we'd take more of Route 66 (much of it is still drivable, did you know that?), but again, time is limited. In a year or two, we plan on doing the whole thing, Chicago to L.A., but my reason for wanting to see John's Modern Cabins is because I'm not sure they'll survive that long.
Why the interest in these decrepit cabins, you ask? They're a Route 66 icon, one of the cabin-style motels that was quite popular for a while. You can still see them here and there around the country, sometimes used as apartments. These are special because they are actually built as tiny log cabins, and the irony of the "Modern Cabins" name is priceless.
Last I knew, John's Modern Cabins was in peril and a campaign was underway to preserve this piece of American roadside history. Many places along Route 66 have been preserved, but so many more have been lost to us, including the even more famous and iconic Coral Court Motel in St. Louis. (A travesty of historical preservation and a tragic loss, in my book.)
John's Modern Cabins might not look like much, but they are a part of our roadside history and the car culture that gripped our country in the early to mid-part of the 20th century. I'm looking forward to seeing them, and I'll get lots of pictures, believe me! Video, too. They might not be around much longer, so this is my chance.