From old hotels that seem to have guests who refuse to check out, to unexplained lights in the countryside and everything in between, there are more than a few haunts along the iconic Route 66. When you’re ready to see them all, hop into a rental car and follow our guide to haunted Route 66.
The Spook Light. Quapaw, Oklahoma
Is it the ghosts of two Native American lovers hopelessly searching for one another? Is it atmospheric gases that are being affected by electrical fields? Or could it just be car headlights from the nearby highway? Whatever it is, the Spook Light has been seen since the early 1900s and is still unexplained. Wait until after dark and park along Oklahoma East 50 Road. Sit in complete silence and maybe you’ll get a glimpse of the mysterious orb.
Hotel Monte Vista. Flagstaff, Arizona
Located at 100 N San Francisco St., one block north of Route 66 lies a hotel where things go bump in the night. Actually, that bump is usually a knock at the door by a phantom bell boy. Or it could be the tapping toes of the dancing couple who are known to boogie down in the middle of the night. And let us not forget about the apparition of a bank robber and the rocking chair that moves by itself. The creepy meter is through the roof on this one.
Tri-County Truck Stop. Villa Ridge, Missouri
You can’t talk about Route 66 ghost stories without mentioning the Tri-County Truck Stop. This once bustling roadside restaurant has been closed for years, but some customers still remain. One in particular resides in the dark basement and is said to get a little too-close-for-comfort with people that venture down there.
It’s not just haunted buildings and events that can’t be explained, there’s plenty of spooky ghost towns along Route 66. And one of the more eerie locales is in the middle of the Mojave Desert. Bagdad, California, was once a thriving mining town, but when it was bypassed by Interstate 40, travelers and residents disappeared forever.
Kimo Theater. Albuquerque, New Mexico
In 1951, a boiler explosion occurred at the Kimo Theater and killed a 6-year old boy in the process. Since then, his spirit is said to continuously haunt the building. Legend has it that if offerings are left on a water pipe near the scene of the explosion, he will behave himself. But if the gifts are removed, mischief like technical problems will take place during live shows. Even in death, kids need their candy.
So there you have it. Next time you’re cruising along Route 66 on a cross-county road trip and you’re looking for a good scare to keep you on your toes, you’ll know where to drive to. Nothing wrong with the hairs on the back of your neck standing up as you drive along the highway in one of our awesome car rentals.
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