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Roadtreking: Jerry McClanahan and Route 66

From the bloggers at Roadtreking.

“You must call Jerry McClanahan in Chandler. He wrote the book you just bought,” said Laurel Kane, owner of the Packard car collection at the Afton Station in Afton, OK. She said he loves to meet people and is a genuine nice guy.

On our trip to the southwest along historic Route 66 we had met a string of outstanding individuals, but this one wrote detailed travel books about Route 66 and was a professional illustrator as well. His black & white drawings of landmark signs, bridges matched what we seeing as we picked our way through the disconnected pieces of a bygone road — the “Main Street of America.”

So Roger sent him an email seeking an interview as we stopped at an RV park just outside Chandler. OK. Jerry replied almost immediately — come ahead anytime after 9:00 tomorrow. We found his McJerry’s Route 66 Gallery at 306 Manvel St.

Jerry met us at the door, an affable fellow in his late 50s with the kind of smile you know from seeing your best friend after a one month absence. His 500 square-foot gallery is gleaming with brilliantly colorful scenes along Route 66, his oil, acrylic, and watercolor illustrations. Many pictures show vintage cars rendered in meticulous detail in front of old gas stations and motor courts. Reproductions are available in various sizes.

To read the full story by Roadtreking, click here.

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