Billy Bergerone and the Boo Hag - Way down in the dark, gator-infested backwater swamps of southwest Louisiana lived a young man by the name of Billy Bergerone. Billy was a good looking Ca...
|The famous Snow Cap Drive-in in Seligman, AZ.|
|Juan's 1936 Chevy that he cut the top off and drove up |
and down Route 66 and in parades to advertise
his quirky little establishment.
|Airplanes, tin-can robots, and assorted other interesting|
items adorn the Snow Cap grounds.
Juan's brother, Angel, was born in Seligman in a house on Route 66 in 1927. In 1947, Angel graduated from Seligman high school and soon opened a small barbershop in town right on the historic highway just a very short distance away from where his brother would later open his Snow Cap Drive-in. A few years later, he and his wife built on to the little barbershop building and opened the Route 66 Souvenir Shop. Some years ago, Angel retired from being a barber, but his wife Vilma and he still own the souvenir store and occasionally, Angel comes in to meet and greet visitors, pose for pictures, and give his signature to those who ask.
|Angel's Barber Shop|
John Lasseter interviewed him for the 2006 movie Cars while he was researching the history of Route 66. Angel told him how when the interstate was opened, traffic in the town virtually disappeared overnight. In the movie, Sally Carrera, the female Porsche character, told this story in a 3 1/2 minute monologue on the history of Radiator Springs, the fictional town which was loosely based on Seligman.
|Angel & Vilma's Route 66 Gift Shop.|
I went back to shopping for a refrigerator magnet and other souvenirs that I couldn't live without. For such a small store, it sure has a lot of stuff in it. I found a really cool looking magnet, a t-shirt and a couple of other items to bring back home with me. After paying for my goodies, I turned around to see if Angel was still there, but only a couple of the Japanese were still milling around and he was nowhere to be seen.
Thank you, Mr. Delgadillo for all you've done for us Route 66 fans. Take care and don't forget, you owe me a story!
|Which door knob do you pull to open|
the door to enter the Snow Cap?
|Interesting stuff behind the Snow Cap in |
|Be careful of the low-hanging overhead!|
|Take your time and read all of the posts in the |
Snow Cap windows.
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