The Last Stop: Vanishing Relics of the American Roadside

The Last Stop: Vanishing Relics of the American Roadside

With drive-thrus and gas stations at nearly every exit, rest areas are losing the fight and are vanishing in nearly every state.
December 14, 2014 by Globeprime

Ryann Ford is a Texas-based photographer who has been on the road for five years with the goal of immortalizing the last remains of America's traditional rest areas. His story began seven years ago when he moved from California and noticed on his way recurrent oldish and humble rest stops.

The charming stops of yesteryear have piqued his curiosity which led him to do some research but he finally learned to his great dismay that most of them were being closed or demolished in favor of the modernized and commercial stops we can find nowadays along highway verges. Deeply concerned about their fate, he decided to go back on the road and photograph as many as possible before they all disappear.

Here's a slice of American subculture and history that has brought rest and comfort to countless drivers for decades.

Monument Valley, Arizona

Vanishing America's Rest Stops

Near Big Bend National Park, Texas - FM 170

Vanishing America's Rest Stops

Walker Lake, Nevada - U.S. 95

Vanishing America's Rest Stops

Thackerville, Oklahoma - I-35

Vanishing America's Rest Stops

Near Organ, New Mexico, U.S. 70

Vanishing America's Rest Stops

Galveston, Texas

Vanishing America's Rest Stops

Near Burleson, Texas, I-35

Vanishing America's Rest Stops

White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

Vanishing America's Rest Stops

Near Post, Texas, U.S. 84

Vanishing America's Rest Stops

Saguaro National Park, Arizona

Vanishing America's Rest Stops

Juan Santa Cruz Picnic Area, Tucson, Arizona

Vanishing America's Rest Stops

Near Abiquiu, New Mexico, U.S. 84

Vanishing America's Rest Stops

Monahans Sandhills State Park, Texas

Vanishing America's Rest Stops

Rest Stops Visited

Vanishing America's Rest Stops

* All photos and captions by Ryann Ford

Watch: THE LAST STOP

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