Do you remember? Standing at the 4-way on Route 66 in 2006…
I was looking for another photo from 2006, when I ran across these photos from January 2006. This was before the murals were painted on the Phillips 66 Station. It was before Viva Cuba re-landscaped the garden on the corner. It was before the traffic control boxes were painted. There were no roses, no brick wall, no train replica, no planters, and no black benches. It was before the new Viva Cuba Garden sign.
Notice the color that the Phillips 66 Station was painted. You may not remember, but it was painted turquoise for a short time before it was decided that the dark green was more historically accurate.
Sometimes we forget what came before and how our landscape has changed. It is important to document the before as well as the after and every once in awhile to look back at the changes we have made. It also good to preserve our buildings and protect our heritage to make the present all the richer.