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Old Posted Sep 11, 2021, 11:07 PM
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Road Trip to West Coast: Summer 2020

In June 2020, my wife and I accompanied our older son out to San Francisco for an internship with their planning department. We had five days to drive from Ohio to San Francisco and managed to stop and explore various towns and cities along the way out west.

I-70 Westbound in Ohio by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Downtown Indianapolis Skyline by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr


Lawrence, Kansas is home to Kansas University, which has a very hilly campus that has lots of cool buildings, but is hard to photograph. Luckily their downtown is pretty vibrant and has lots of indie businesses:

Fire Station Number 2, S Massachusetts Avenue, Lawrence, Kansas by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Some COVID-19 Pandemic Humor:

Granada Theater, downtown Lawrence, Kansas by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

8th & Massachusetts, downtown Lawrence, Kansas by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Not Yet: Coffeeshop entrance during COVID-19, Lawrence, Kansas by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Massachusetts Avenue, downtown Lawrence, Kansas by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

I-70 Westbound, Kansas, USA by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Junction City Kansas had a great collection of older stone buildings:

Central National Bank, Junction City, Kansas by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Geary County Courthouse, Junction City, Kansas by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Stone Buildings, downtown Junction City, Kansas by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Junction City, Kansas by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Junction City, Kansas by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Entry Arch at Heritage Park, Junction City, Kansas by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Also stopped in Salina, Kansas. They recently upgraded their Main Street with brick pavers and street furniture. Though, I'm not sure if I care for the metallic structures that overhang either end of the downtown retail district:

Santa Fe Avenue, Salina, Kansas by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Downtown Salina, Kansas by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Downtown Salina, Kansas by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

DSC_3679 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Downtown Salina, Kansas by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Lamer Building, downtown Salina, Kansas by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Watson Stiefel Theater, Salina, Kansas by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Santa Fe Avenue, Downtown Salina, Kansas by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Hays, Kansas was next: Another decent sized town with a good assortment of historic buildings in their downtown.

Fox Theater, Hays, Kansas by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

DSC_3692 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Wiesner’s Department Store, Hays, Kansas by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Downtown Hays, Kansas by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Hays, Kansas by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Grain Elevator from I-70, Kansas (near Colorado border) by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Denver Skyline from I-70 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Approaching the Colorado Rockies, I-70 west of Denver by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

The Colorado Rockies, I-70 West of Denver by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Vail, Colorado by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Vail, Colorado by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Vail, Colorado by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

I-70 Westbound, Garfield County Line, Colorado by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Main Street, downtown Grand Junction, CO by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Main Street, downtown Grand Junction, Colorado by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Colorado River, Grand Junction, CO by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Welcome to Utah (I-70 Westbound) by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Looking East along I-70 from Harley's Dome, Utah (near Colorado border) by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Train somewhere in Utah by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

US Highway 6 (191) near Price River, Utah by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Price Canyon Area from Highway 6, Utah by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

US Highway 89, near Spanish Fork, Utah by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Utah County Courthouse, Provo, Utah by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Provo City Center Temple, Provo, Utah by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Knight Block, Downtown Provo, Utah by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Utah State Capitol from State Street, Salt Lake City by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Salt Lake Temple, Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Former Hotel Utah, now Joseph Smith Memorial Building, Salt Lake City, Utah by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Main Street, downtown Salt Lake City by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Storefronts along South Main Street, Downtown Salt Lake City, Utah by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

S. Main Street, Downtown Salt Lake City by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

ZCMI Department Store facade, Salt Lake City by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

DSC_3841 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Union Pacific Railroad Station, Salt Lake City, Utah by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Saltair Pavilion, Great Salt Lake, Utah by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Looking out towards Great Salt Lake from Saltair Pavilion, Utah by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

I-80 Westbound, Salt Flats, Utah by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Tree of Life Sculpture along I-80, Salt Flats, Utah by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Holiday Motel, Elko, Nevada by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Elko County Courthouse, Elko, Nevada by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Motel Signs, Idaho Street, Elko, Nevada by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Railroad Street, Elko, Nevada by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Club Silver Dollar, Commercial Street, Elko, Nevada by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

I-80 westbound through Nevada, West of Elko by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Winnemucca, Nevada by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Winnemucca Inn & Casino along West Winnemucca Blvd, Winnemucca, Nevada by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Reno Arch Sign over Sinclair Street by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Pioneer Center for Performing Arts, Reno, Nevada by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Truckee River, Reno, Nevada by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Reno Casinos by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Reno Sign--The Biggest Little City in the World, N Virginia Street, Reno, Nevada by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

The Nugget, N. Virginia Street, downtown Reno by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Lake Tahoe from Mount Rose Highway, Incline Village, Nevada by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Sand Harbor, Lake Tahoe, Nevada by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Lake Tahoe Casino Hotels along Highway 50, Stateline, Nevada by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

California State Capitol, Sacramento by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

10th Street & Jazz Alley, downtown Sacramento, CA by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Elks Tower, L Street, downtown Sacramento, California by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

L Street, downtown Sacramento, CA by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Elks Building (center) and Masonic Lodge (right), L Street, downtown Sacramento, CA by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Downtown Sacramento Skyline by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

California State Capitol from Tower Bridge, Sacramento by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Old Sacramento, CA by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Sacramento Skyline by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

San Francisco Skyline by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

San Francisco Skyline by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

San Francisco from Lower Haight by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Nob Hill Skyline from Lower Haight, San Francisco by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

To be Continued...
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Great pictures so far! I like seeing random USA, like Hays and Elko. Junction City is one of those places that I always seem to fly over, no matter where I'm flying to. I must have seen it in half of my transcontinental flights. (Logansport, Indiana, is another place I always fly over.)
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Awesome, looking forward to the rest!
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A most excellent of road trips; thanks for bringing us along.
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Thanks for your comments, everyone. This was my first driving trip to the west coast and I loved it! Loved it so much that I flew out to California and helped with the drive back to the midwest in late July/early August. But first, here's the rest of the first segment: Mostly random shots around San Francisco plus a quick drive down to Santa Cruz. And then the flight home via Seattle.

Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Chestnut Street, San Francisco by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Marina District homes, San Francisco by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Apartments with Garages, Marina District, San Francisco by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Stow Lake, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Entrance to Golden Gate Park (from northwest corner), showing Dutch Windmill, San Francisco by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

RIP George Floyd, Ocean Beach, San Francisco by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Rare front yard, Lincoln Way near 46th Ave, San Francisco by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Homes in Outer Sunset, San Francisco by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Downtown Skyline from Buena Vista Park, San Francisco, CA by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Skyline from Twin Peaks, San Francisco by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

San Francisco from Twin Peaks by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Mira: a 39-story condominium tower completed in 2020, 280 Spear Street, San Francisco by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

1235 Mission Street, San Francisco by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Union Street Coffee Roastery, Union Street at Fillmore Street, San Francisco by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

The Fillmore--One of the most famous venues in rock history. Where Bill Graham held concerts for classic '60's SF bands such as Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Santana, Big Brother & Holding Co.

The Fillmore, Fillmore at Geary Blvd, San Francisco by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Holy Virgin Cathedral, Geary Blvd, Outer Richmond Neighborhood, San Francisco by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr


Park Merced, San Francisco by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Pacific Coast along Highway 1 (Cabrillo Highway), near Gray Whale Cove Trail, N of Montara, California by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Half Moon Bay along Highway 1 (?), California by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Looking to Beach Boardwalk from the Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Pacific Avenue, Downtown Santa Cruz, California by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Del Mar Theater, downtown Santa Cruz, California by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Salesforce Tower on San Francisco Skyline (from Highway 101) by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Peace Pagoda, Japantown Peace Plaza, Post Street, San Francisco by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Homes on Hillside next to Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Balboa Cafe, Fillmore & Balboa Street, San Francisco by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Empty SFO, San Francisco by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Aerial View of Tacoma, WA by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Aerial View of Microsoft HQ, Redmond, WA by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Aerial View of Spokane, WA by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr
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Road trip is the most favorite thread on this forum, it's a bless you posted many good-angle high-quality skylines of different cities,
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Nice pictures again!

That Mira condo is interesting. And I like that building in the Mission District! I'd like to know about that, if anyone knows!
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Fantastic tour!!
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In late July, I flew out west to help out with the drive back from the west coast. Of course we had to take a different route back! Instead of I-70 and I-80, we took a more southerly route.

Here's a few photos from the flight from Columbus to San Francisco via Detroit:
Aerial View of Downtown Columbus, Ohio by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Aerial View of Heavy Industry adjacent to Ford's River Rouge Plant, Dearborn, Michigan by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Aerial View of Ford Corporate HQ, Dearborn, Michigan by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport During COVID-19 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Looking over Mountain to Provo-Salt Lake City Corridor; Utah Lake at left by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Aerial View of Boundary Peak (13,147 feet elevation--highest point in Nevada) at Nevada (left)/California (right) border, Sierra Nevada Mountains by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Flew right over Yosemite Valley within Yosemite National Park: Half Dome is at left, Sentinel Dome is across the valley at mid-left and El Capitan is at center foreground:
Aerial View of Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Aerial View of NewPark Mall, Fremont, California by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Aerial View of Wildlife Preserve, San Francisco Bay by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Flying During COVID-19, departing the plane by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

I'll just include a few select photos of San Francisco before the road trip began:

Cow Palace, Daly City, California by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Mission Street, Excelsior District, San Francisco by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Jerry Garcia Mural, Excelsior neighborhood, San Francisco by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Baker Street, Pacific Heights Neighborhood, San Francisco by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Filbert Street -- Steepest Block in San Francisco by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

San Francisco Skyline from Russian Hill by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Land's End Trail, San Francisco by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

16th Avenue Tiled Steps, near Grandview Park, San Francisco by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Overlooking Sunset Neighborhood from Grandview Park's 16th Avenue Tiled Steps, San Francisco, CA by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Foggy Morning in San Francisco by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Losing the Fog, Approaching Dublin (California) along the I-580 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Windmills and Golden Hills, I-580 at Altamont Pass, California by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Ranch off I-5, near Patterson, California by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Fox Theater, Bakersfield, CA by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Nile Theater, Bakersfield, CA by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Alley Murals, Downtown Bakersfield, CA by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Padre Hotel, Downtown Bakersfield, CA by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Kress Building, Bakersfield, CA by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Former Woolworth's Store, downtown Bakersfield, CA by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Eastbound on Highway 58, East of Bakersfield, California by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Parked Planes, Mojave Air & Space Port, Mojave, California by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

I-40 Eastbound through California Desert by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Get Your Fix on Route 66! Kingman, AZ by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Route 66 Motel, Kingman, AZ by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Western Arizona from I-40 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

After a full day's drive, we discovered a problem with my sons car in Winslow. The ignition wouldn't catch. I wanted to do a rewrite of "Take it Easy" with the line "Stranded on a corner in Winslow Arizona". Just as the AAA Truck pulled up, my son got the engine to turn over so we headed down the freeway to our hotel reservation in Holbrook, AZ.

Standin' on the Corner in Winslow, Arizona by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

US Route 66 in Winslow, Arizona by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Outskirts of Holbrook, Arizona by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

The next morning, the car's ignition was still reluctant to start. After about 20 minutes of interval tries, we were successful. I had planned to stop and walk around Gallup, New Mexico. But with the car's difficulty in starting, we just kept on going to the nearest Hyundai dealership, which was in Albuquerque. So this is all I saw of Gallup:

Gallup, New Mexico from I-40 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

BNSF Engines eastbound in western New Mexico, from I-40 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

I-40 Eastbound, New Mexico by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Spent about 4 hours at the Hyundai dealership in Albuquerque, which really limited my hoped for plan to check out various cities and towns along the route. Had time for a quick drive through Albuquerque:

Dog House, West Central Avenue, Albuquerque, New Mexico by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Central Avenue East, Nob Hill District, Albuquerque, New Mexico by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Griffs Hamburgers, East side of Albuquerque NM by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Billboard Skyline--eastern New Mexico along I-40 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

I-40 Eastbound, east-central New Mexico by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Heading into a huge storm: I-40 eastbound through New Mexico at Clines Corners by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Approaching a Storm, Clines Corners, New Mexico by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Entrance to Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, Texas by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, Texas by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Main Street, downtown Elk City, Oklahoma by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Downtown El Reno, Oklahoma by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Downtown El Reno, Oklahoma by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Bank, downtown El Reno, Oklahoma by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Warner Brothers Picture Building, Film Row, Oklahoma City, OK by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Film Row, Oklahoma City, OK by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Devon Energy Center, Oklahoma City, OK by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

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That photo of the Saltair Pavilion stopped me in my tracks. I recently watched the beautifully filmed but really kind of bad 1962 horror film Carnival of Souls which was partially filmed there.

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Thanks for the comments!

Pedestrian: Our son rented a room in the 3rd floor of a home on Page Street--pretty close to you. He loved it!
Bilbao: The Saltair Pavilion in the early '60s movie burned down. The current one was built in 1981. The actual water in the Great Salt Lake is a LONG distance from the Pavilion.

Here's the rest of trip back to Ohio. Fortunately, we had no car problems and I had built in a decent amount of time to explore OK City, Tulsa, Joplin and Springfield. Of these places, I had been to Tulsa before but that was about 30 years ago.

While I wasn't that impressed with the heart of downtown Oklahoma City, the edges had some interesting areas. I'd like to know more about Film Row and the history of movies and OK City. The Myriad Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City was VERY impressive. It included a Botanical Garden, Sculpture, a children's play area, an Amphitheater, plus a dog park. I also liked the Bricktown District which provides lots of bars and restaurants close to their baseball stadium and convention center. Someone told me about automobile row after my trip so I missed that but hope to see it sometime in the future.

Crystal Bridge in Myriad Botanical Gardens, Downtown Oklahoma City, OK by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Two Ducks at Myriad Botanical Gardens, Oklahoma City by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Colcord Hotel from Myriad Gardens, Oklahoma City, OK by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Bandshell at Myriad Botanical Gardens, Oklahoma City, OK by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Amphitheater within Myriad Botanical Gardens, Oklahoma City, OK by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Bricktown, Downtown Oklahoma City, OK by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Canal in Bricktown, Oklahoma City by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Sheridan Avenue, Looking west to Devon Energy Center from Bricktown, downtown Oklahoma City, OK by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Sandridge Center, Oklahoma City, OK by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Air Force Monument, downtown Oklahoma City, OK by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

The Skirvin Hilton Hotel, Oklahoma City, OK by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Downtown Oklahoma City, OK by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Clock on First National Bank Building, Oklahoma City by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

United States Post Office and Federal Building, 215 Dean McKee Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Oklahoma City National Memorial by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Oklahoma City National Memorial by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr


23rd Street on the city's north side includes several interesting buildings. I found out about this area after I was researching the gold domed performing arts center in Reno (shown previously). I found out there was another gold-domed structure in (you guessed it) Oklahoma City.

Braum’s Dairy Store, Oklahoma City by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

The Gold Dome, 23rd & Classen Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Tower Theater along NW 23rd Street, Oklahoma City, OK by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

NW 23rd Street, Oklahoma City, OK by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Oklahoma State Capitol, Oklahoma City, OK by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Next stop was Tulsa, which , due to a huge oil boom in the 1920s, is famous for its collection of Art Deco buildings

Downtown Skyline, Tulsa, Oklahoma by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Downtown Tulsa Buildings by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Tulsa Towers: Philtower (1927) with Mid-Continent Tower (1918, expanded 1984) in background, Tulsa, Oklahoma by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Boston Avenue from 5th Street, downtown Tulsa, OK by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Boston Avenue Skyscrapers, Tulsa, Oklahoma by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

320 South Boston Building, Tulsa, OK by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

On Tulsa's south side is CityPlex Towers, which was originally known as City of Faith. It was built to fulfill a "vision" beheld by Oral Roberts for a huge medical center that the rest of Tulsa really didn't think it needed. It was built anyway, but reportedly only a fraction of the tower was ever finished out for its original purpose. Adjacent to Cityplex is the campus of Oral Roberts University, which I really like as its classic early-mid '60s space age/Jetsons era architecture (think Seattle's Worlds Fair):

CityPlex Towers, Tulsa, OK by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

CityPlex Towers, Tulsa, OK by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Prayer Tower, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Joplin MO looked pretty sleepy to me. I know that a terrible tornado destroyed a swath of the city south of downtown, which may explain why there were several vacant buildings along their Main Street.
On the other hand, Springfield looked reasonably lively. They have a nice town square in their downtown. On the way home, just had a quick drive through downtown St. Louis before heading straight to Ohio.

S. Main Street, downtown Joplin, Missouri by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Pearl Brothers Hardware Store, S. Main Street, downtown Joplin, MO by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

DSC_5110 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

827 S. Main Street, downtown Joplin, MO by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Abandoned Building, S. Main Street, Joplin, MO by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Former Woolworth's and Former Heer's Department Store, downtown Springfield, MO by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

South Avenue, downtown Springfield, MO by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Park Central Square, downtown Springfield, Missouri by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Park Central Square, downtown Springfield, Missouri by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Downtown Springfield, MO by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Springfield, MO by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Grand Avenue, St. Louis, MO by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Fox Theater, Grand Avenue, St. Louis, MO by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

The Tudor Building, Washington Boulevard, St. Louis, MO by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

White Knight Diner, 18th & Olive, downtown St. Louis, MO by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

The Shell Building has always been one of my favorite buildings.
Shell Building, Downtown St. Louis, MO by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

The Bogen Apartments, downtown St. Louis, MO by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

St. Louis Skyline from I-70 Bridge by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr
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Nice pictures again!

Great picture of Yosemite! I love flying past national parks. I have flown past the Grand Canyon 5 times! I wonder if you flew past or over Great Basin National Park.

Where on Filbert Street was that steepest block?

Bakersfield is better than I thought it would be. I've heard it's depressing, but it has some nice buildings.

I love the pictures from I-40 through Arizona and New Mexico! I love driving that Interstate. The drive from Albuquerque to Flagstaff has great scenery the whole day.

Did you drive through that storm then?

I was going to ask about Film Row, but you wanted to know as well. What is Automobile Row?
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Where on Filbert Street was that steepest block?
Appears to be the block between Hyde and Leavenworth:


https://www.instantstreetview.com/@3...PSxAYe2336bm_w
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