Barbara J. Dombach

Journey On the Flipside of America - Route 66

 

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My mother never explored further than a few hundred miles from her home and neither had I.  In the early 1990’s she expressed a desire to see America.  So, the wheels of my inherent need to explore and search for place in America edged forward.  I was a journalist for a local newspaper at the time when I decided that we should explore Route 66.  This project had a toehold within me years before, I lived near the town where Bobby Troup grew up and I purchased sheet music and practiced piano at Troup Music House in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

 

In 1992 I traveled Route 66 with my mother and in 1993 I returned again with my daughter.  We took the road that only a few explored, fragments of the route lying sad, nearly forgotten and floundering to survive, traveling the gentle meandering roadway south-westward in search for its character, culture and people.  Along remote roadway sections of gravel, dust and concrete I found defunct business, lonely streets and deserted towns.  Charm of the adventure, the depth of exploration and the people I met truly characterized the sense of place all along Route 66.  

 

As I revisited my hundreds plus negatives to create this portfolio I relived all the wrong turns, dust, gravel sections, nights at campgrounds, the conversations and the people I met.  In many ways these images will live on in my dreams and the adventure in my heart.

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