6th Street was the first of alignment of Route
66 through Amarillo, Kathy Weiser, January, 2009.
The oldest alignment of Route 66 through
Amarillo goes down 6th Street, the first paved road in the city. Though
once lined with tourist services, it is today an eclectic mix of pubs,
boutiques, cafes and antique shops. The area between Georgia and Forest
Streets is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, filled with
various architectural styles.
One of the most famous buildings in this
neighborhood, called San Jacinto, is the Natatorium, familiarly called the
"Nat." The building was first established in 1922 as an enclosed swimming
pool, but later became the
Dine and Dance Palace which once catered to the Big Band Era and
later, to the rock and rollers of the 1950's. Now a book store, it is said to be haunted! Read all about
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