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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Snow Cap along Route 66

The last time I saw him was in 1995 when I stopped in to Seligman. He was quick as ever with the one-liners and corny jokes.
Business cards lined the walls of people that have stopped in to get an ice cream, cheeseburger (with cheese!), and to hear him joke. The famous also came. Judge Ito from the famous O.J. Simpson trial had just recently visited the week before, I guess to get away from all the media coverage. Quirky, old painted cars lined the building.
Juan Delgadillo was a welcome icon on Route 66, the Mother Road, that keeps bringing people back to experience a slice of the way it was.
Delgadillo's Snow Cap, Seligman, Arizona
So I was sad to hear when I got an email from his niece with Route66giftshops.com mentioning that he had passed away 3 years ago at the age of 88.
I treasure his business card which reads on one side with an image of him and an old gas pump -
"Eat here and get gas"
"Slightly used napkins and straws"
I agreed with what she said that, "He sure he is making God and the Angel's laugh up a storm!"
Cousins now run the Snow Cap, keeping on a tradition of service, with jokes to make your journey a fun one along your Route 66 adventure.
If you have a chance to get off interstate 40 between Williams and Kingman while going through Arizona to see the Grand Canyon, stop in and get an ice cream and spend some time walking around and say hello to the zany folks in Seligman.

Posted by Carl Burnham at 6:49 PM
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