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Tribute to barbed wire in McLean, Texas

A September 2004 trip to Amarillo by hersplash

Devils Rope Museum Photo, Mclean, Texas More Photos
Quote: Driving along Route 66 in Texas, I made a stop in McLean to see just how you can give a tribute to barbed wire. Not a tribute to the cowboy, nor a president, nor Native Americans. But to barbed wire of course!

Devil's Rope Museum

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Devil's Rope Museum Photo, Mclean, Texas
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One of the stops on the famous Route 66 is in McLean, Texas at the Devil’s Rope Museum. Advertised as a "Tribute to Barbed Wire", it showcases the history and lore of barbed wire. It is the largest collection of barbed wire and related artifacts in the world, and holds the largest and rarest collection of barbed wire fencing tools. I have to admit that when I drove up to the museum and saw the word "tribute," I kind of laughed. Tribute? Barbed wire? I was beginning to think this was one of those kooky places found in the book Roadside America, like the largest ball of twine. But since first seeing barbed wire at the Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma City, I had become very intrigued with it...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 4, 2004

Devil's Rope Museum
100 Kingsley Street on Old Route 66
McLean, Texas
(806) 779-2225

Restored Phillips 66 Station

Attraction | "Phillips 66 Station"

Restored Phillips 66 Station Photo, Mclean, Texas
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While in McLean, stop by and see the restored 1930s Phillips 66 gas station. The gas station is in the center of McLean, a few blocks away from the Devil’s Rope Museum. This is the first Phillips 66 station built in Texas. From the road it actually looks quite smaller than it should, and my first word upon seeing it was, "cute".

Phillips 66 stations obviously got their name from the famed highway. Amusingly, in 1939, the company hired nurses to inspect their bathrooms and also assisted motorists in trouble on the highway.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 9, 2004

Restored Phillips 66 Station
Mclean Commercial Historic District
McLean, Texas