louds of blowing sand if you wanted your vehicle to keep its paint on and to avoid etching its windshield permanently. Now and then a pickup truck full of Indians would wreck and kill 10-15 people at a time. Every few hundred feet along the road, there were white wooden or metal crosses with flower wreathes and shrines dedicated to those who had met their untimely ends on Rt. 666. At the Gallup end of the road, there was Eddy's Club, probably the wildest bar on earth. (This was 1975, is it still there?) Even the cops were afraid to go inside. The rescue squad would be allowed in every few hours to haul away victims of each night's revelry. One drunk showed up at the ER after someone else attempted to castrate him. When he sobered up, he had no memory of how it happened. (He was OK after undergoing some scrotal plastic surgery.) The cops would come by Eddy's club every night after closing to scan the grounds for the dead and wounded. One night they found a naked man's body, pinned to the gravel by a through-and-through machete. Winter nights the cops would walk around looking for drunks sleeping it off, hoping to find them before they froze solid. I do believe the bar scene in "Star Wars" was filmed at Eddy's, and that no special effects were used, the patrons of the bar actually look like those in the movie.
I think they ought to leave the highway numbered the way it is. The local chambers of commerce could call it the Highway of Hell, and promote it as a tourist attraction. It's no coincidence that some of the poorest people in the US live near that road.

Posted by: Tresho at April 7, 2003 02:18 PM

They renumbered the southern part of U.S. 666 -- from the Mexican border to northern Arizona -- to U.S. 191 about a decade ago (which actually makes sense based on the 1920's U.S. highway grid, if not scripture, since the road itself is a north-south highway, and even numbered U.S. and Interstate highways are supposed to go east-west).

Posted by: John at April 7, 2003 06:44 PM

yeah, i would say the same thing too...

Posted by: Contact Lenses at September 29, 2004 06:46 PM
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