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• During the massive dust bowl storms of the 1930s in the Midwest, when millions of tons of topsoil were blown away, over 200,000 people migrated to California along Route 66 in search of a better life. John Steinbeck wrote of the migration in his 1939 book The Grapes of Wrath, dubbing the highway the “Mother Road” and the road of flight for “refugees from dust and shrinking land.” • In the 1950s, Route 66 became a vacation destination with a wide variety of roadside attractions. Teepee-shaped motels, trading posts, and tourist traps catered to those visiting caves, canyons, mountains, and deserts. The highway ran through Arizona’s Painted Desert, Meteor Crater, and near the Grand Canyon. During the 1940s, the Wigwam Village chain of motels sprang up along the highway. With individual cabins built in the form of teepees, there were seven original locations. Two of the three remaining motels are located on Route 66, in Holbrook, Arizona and Rialto, California. • Full-service gas stations popped up along the length of the route. One major company even took its name from the highway. In 1927, the Phillips Company’s newly-developed highoctane gasoline was tested along U.S. Highway 66 in Oklahoma. As the automobile reached its top speed, it was noted that the number was 66 mph (106 km/hr), a fast pace for that era. The new fuel was named Phillips 66, and the company’s shield logo was designed to resemble the road sign. • Near Amarillo, Texas, travelers can visit Cadillac Ranch, a row of 10 Cadillacs with the tailfins reaching to the sky. The cars, ranging from 1949 to 1963, are half-buried, nose first in the Texas countryside, the brainstorm of a Texas patron of the arts. It’s the only place in Texas where it is legal to spray graffiti on an object. • Restored to its original grandeur, the world’s largest ketchup bottle stands proudly near Collinsville, Illinois, formerly along Route 66. Built in 1949, this 170-ft.-tall (50-m) structure is actually a water tower painted like a Brooks Rich & Tangy Ketchup bottle, and could actually hold 640,000 14-oz. bottles of ketchup. The Brooks Company left the area in the 1970s. • In 1946, songwriter Bobby Troup was on a cross-country trip from Pennsylvania to Los Angeles and came up with the idea of writing a song about the journey. The result was “Get Your Kicks on Route 66,” a song that became a huge hit that year for Nat King Cole. When Troup had trouble coming up with lyrics for the

(continued): tune, he simply filled it with names of towns along the way, starting with the Missouri cities of St. Louis and Joplin, then on to Oklahoma City, Amarillo, Texas, Gallup, New Mexico, the Arizona communities of Winona and Kingman, and California cities Barstow and San Bernardino. Of the eight states that Route 66 passed through, Kansas is the only state not mentioned in the song. • Interest in Route 66 was revitalized in 2006 when Pixar released the animated film Cars, which chronicled the decline of the fictional community of Radiator Springs when the oncebooming town was bypassed by the interstate. The idea of Cars was hatched after Pixar’s creative director took a cross-country road trip with his family. He based many of the film’s sites on real-life locations he encountered, including the general store in Hackberry, Arizona, and Erick, Oklahoma’s Sand Hills Curiosity Shop. The movie’s bridges resemble several along Route 66 in Oklahoma, Arizona, and California. The film calls its teepee-shaped motor court the Cozy Cone Motel. • The 1939 AAA travel directory lists Cuba, Missouri’s Wagon Wheel Cabins as one of the finest motor courts in the state. Constructed in 1934 of Ozark stone, each cabin had its own private tub or shower bath with rates of $2.50 per day for two persons. It’s still in operation today. Cuba also opened Carr’s Phillips 66 service station in 1932 to accommodate the increase of travelers along the route. • Route 66 began its slow decline in 1953, when Oklahoma opened the Turner Turnpike between Tulsa and Oklahoma, bypassing 100 miles and each of the towns along the road. In 1956, President Eisenhower signed the Interstate Highway Act, calling for a modern four-lane highway system with no intersections. Service stations and commercial businesses were prohibited at the highway access sites and within a few short years, as small towns were bypassed, businesses began to fail from lack of traffic. In 1965, the Highway Beautification Act restricted the road signs that urged travelers to pull off the exit to reach Route 66. • Route 66 was officially decommissioned and removed from the U.S. Highway system in 1985, and was taken off road maps. Motorists can no longer drive Route 66 uninterrupted from Chicago to Los Angeles. Parts of it are the “business loop” in many cities, while other sections are state and local roads, and some are completely abandoned. Several stretches have been preserved, with some having been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. ■

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Nobody Loves a Wart Dear Dr. Donohue: My 13-year-old son has a wart on his hand. In fact, he has two of them. They don’t bother him, but they bother me. If you neglect them, will they go away on their own? I’m not sure we can handle a doctor’s bill right now. How else can we get rid of them on the cheap? I’d like to find and grab by the neck whoever gave him these warts. -- R.R. Answer: Don’t bother looking for the person who passed the wart virus to your son. You’ll never find him or her. For one, some infected people show no signs of a wart, yet they can pass the virus to others. For two, the incubation period for a wart is two to six months. Do you think your son remembers who touched him six months ago? The human papillomavirus is the cause of warts. More than 150 different varieties exist. Some warts are dangers to health. The ones that cause cervical cancer are examples, but that’s a topic for another day. The ordinary wart is passed by skinto-skin contact. Your son ought to make an effort not to touch the wart to other parts of his body. He can transfer the virus in that way. It’s OK to leave the warts alone. They disappear two out of three times, but their disappearance can take as long as two years. For home wart treatment, you’ll find many wart removers on the counters of your local drugstores. DuoPlant, Compound W and Wart-Off are but a few names. Follow bottle directions carefully. Duct tape -- the duct tape found in hardware stores -- has a mixed record as a wart remover. Apply tape to the warts and leave it in place for six days. You don’t need a huge amount of tape, just enough to cover the wart. On day six, remove the tape and have your son soak his hand in warm water. Then, with an emery board or pumice stone

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The Tollgate Fall Fair is a family-oriented event with a full day of Children’s crafts, activities, and educational presentations. Hay rides, selfguided garden tours, fishing, and appearances by the Novi Fire and Police Departments are just a few of the fun activities that are part of the fair. For more information, contact Roy Prentice at 248.347.3860x251. Date Day Time Age Sep 21 Sat 10am-3pm All

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Hay Ride Central The whole family can experience the magic of the fall season! Join us for hayrides every Friday night Sept 13 though Nov 1 and Saturdays Oct 19 & 26 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Take a ride through the trails, enjoy a cup of cider and roast marshmallows over a campfire for only $5 per person. Rides leave every ½ hour; the last ride leaves at 7 p.m. Please Meet at the Farmington Hills Nature Center. Register in advance to

guarantee your spot! Also, join us for Hay Day on Oct 8 and Hay, Hot Dogs & S’mores on Oct 5. Migrating Birds and Seasonal Change You’ve probably noticed a flurry of wildlife activity recently. Fall is a busy time for birds migrating to their southern winter homes and many animals are busy collecting food and preparing for the harsh winter season. To discover more about birds, register for Birding Basics on Sept 15 from 1-2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Explore the reasons for the seasons and changing colors of the leaves on an all ages Fall Color Walk through the trails of Heritage Park on Oct 13 from 1-2 p.m. Enjoy the crisp autumn night air on a Full Moon Friday Night Hike in search of nocturnal animals on Sept 20, Oct 18 or Nov 15. Give thanks to the natural world at the Thanksgiving for Nature celebration on Saturday, Nov 23 from 1-4 p.m. Go on a scavenger hunt, listen to a Native American story teller and make nature crafts to take home! A fun and unique family program! No matter what your interests are, fall is a beautiful and exciting time to visit Heritage Park. Be sure to stop by the Farmington Hills Nature Center to

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