I don’t know why, but I’ve got a fascination for the vintage side of the USA. I love watching movies from that time (Grease Lightning!), I love those old advertisements (still a communications graduate;-)) and I love the cars they had back then – and yes, I’m still a woman. During our road trip we drove through the oldest part of Route 66, where we found tons of old and cool stores, sights and yes: the Hackberry General Store.
Complete madness, is what I would call the Hackberry General Store. I don’t have a clue about why it’s called a ‘general store’, while it more seems like the home of a collector who’s gone mad combined with a dump. I must say, that it has her charms, and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a time machine but a ‘general store’? No. No way.
I think that we spend a good hour investigating the surroundings of the store, the cars and whatever else we saw, before we finally decided that we’ve saw it all and dared to go inside. Once you’ve enter the store you’re sure about it: ‘collector’s gone mad’. While there are definitely some items for sale you’ll see more collectors items such as old Coca Cola bottles and crates, autographed photos from Elvis and Marilyn Monroe, old magazines and newspaper articles about the Route 66.. you name it – basically everything old is in there. While certainly not intended to, you’ll get a history lesson and you’ll loose several hours of your day. Or well, ‘loose’.. you’ve spend them well, that’s for sure. But just to be sure, lets throw in the quote ‘It’s not the destination but the journey that matters.’.
While it is still a store, and I normally don’t write about stuff like this, I feel like you should make a stop at the Hackberry General Store when you are close to it. If you are visiting the USA for a first time, or even a second or a third, you’ll learn, see and experience some awesome things at this ‘general store’. And it definitely makes a cool pitstop during your road trip!