Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Route 66 Detour


Route 66 was a fairly well received TV series in the 60's that followed the exploits of two adventurers as they traveled American roads solving problems and finding themselves in a series of weekly adventures.  Despite the title, the pair frequently ventured off the Mother Road and one such journey took them to a small Texas town that seems to be a magnet for production crews.

Crandall, TX is a tiny town approximately 30 miles southeast of Dallas.  Despite being relatively unremarkable, it has been used as a filming location for the movies Bonnie & Clyde and Boys Don't Cry

The Route 66 episode "1800 Days to Justice" sees the boys getting caught up in a little small town justice.  It also features two future TV icons as guest stars:


That's Mrs. Cunningham from Happy Days and "Bones" from Star Trek.  The other gust star is Main Street in Crandall.  Here are some comparisons between the episode and today's Main Street:





Not a lot has changed.  And it's probably just a matter of time before the next film crew shows up.



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