I had to split this article up. If you haven’t read the first part you can find it here.
I’ll be honest, there were parts of this drive that were long and boring but the random stuff that was found by B made the long stretches worth it.
One of these was Hackberry General Store.
We came and checked out the stop, making sure to use the restroom before we left.
The history of the Hackberry General Store is, as with many of the other sites on this trip, an interesting one:
In 1875 Kingsman, Arizona became a mining town but by 1919 the mine had shut down and Hackberry was basically a ghost town. It’s saving grace came in 1926 when Route 66 was fully completed. The town had several gas stations pop up.
Naturally when I-40 came in and changed their path from 82 miles to 69 miles from Kingman to Seligman, the nineteen miles to Hackberry to get gas no longer made sense. An exit off to get to Hackberry never happened either, further devastating the already struggling town and by 1978, the Northside Grocery Store closed down.
The only thing stopping Hackberry from becoming a ghost town was the Grigg family who moved in during the 1880s and still have descendants living their today!
The grocery store re-opened in 1992 as a memorabilia location along Route 66 by artist Bob Waldmire. He is considered to be the unofficial inspiration for Fillmore in Disney-Pixar’s Cars and the building itself is now considered the “Mother Load of Mother Road Memorabilia”.
After leaving Hackberry’s we headed to the Hoover Dam. Sadly, they were closed for the night, so we stopped at Lake Mead before heading into Vegas.
For this trip, hubs decided to get a room at Harrah’s. Not just any room though- one that overlooked the Volcano! It was a nice, spacious hotel. Bre’s favorite part was probably the makeup mirror!
After getting showers and dolling up, we headed out on the town.
The strip was as sparkly and vibrant as people talk about. I really can’t put it into words the strip so I made a video. Check it out:
There was one aspect I couldn’t video, so I thought I would share. Veah, daddy (hubs), and I rode the roller coaster at the Hotel New York. It was so much fun, my favorite was when we hung upside down. Next time I do it I want contacts though. Everything was a bit of a blur, literally and figuratively!
Well, that’s it for this part of the trip. Next up? VidCon 2018!