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.