Trailers For Sale or Rent: Airstream LbNA # 46954
|Placed Date||Apr 28 2009|
|Location||W. Gallup, NM|
Box 2 of 2. This box was planted while lookin4moose and time2retire (of MA fame) tour AZ and NM via "Old Rte. 66" and as part of Rocky Mountain Plant-a-box month.
"King of the Road", made famous by country singer Roger Miller, is a song about trailers. Was he reminiscing about the trailers that ignited the excitement of caravanning across America in the 1930's or was he just singing about the life of a down and out hobo? I'd like to think he was remembering the trailers that turned heads on America's highways and bi-ways. Oh, the joy of celebrating the enduring appeal of simple, aerodynamic living!
Wally Byam, Airstream's founder, was a born traveler. From his youth traveling with his Muleskinning grandfather to his days as a shepherd living in a tiny donkey cart, he knew he was destined to change America's idea of traveling forever. He loved reading do-it-yourself magazines and decided to write an article "How to Build a Trailer for $100". The article was a great success and he decided to build the trailer in his back yard. Folks came from near and far to see his little house on wheels. He sold the plans for $1 each netting $15,000 during the 1920's. His first trailer was made of plywood, so his next design breakthrough came when he began incorportating aircraft construction techniques (aluminum) with a more streamlined and aerodynamic look. Aluminum Fever was taking hold of America!
To find your prize: Take I-40 exit 16 (W.Gallup). Head down ramp onto Rte. 66 East. Go 1 mile to the "Ranch Kitchen" (built in early 50's) on your right. Look for 2 glitzy sheet metal horses at the entrance. Park in the lot across from the horses and walk back to the entrance sign. Walk right to the beginning of the highway bridge over the wash. Your treasure from the past is under a pile of rocks at the base of the bridge. The horses have been there since the resturant's opening and have become a Rte. 66 icon.
"Get Your Kicks on Rte. 66"