When Rest Stops Were America’s Best Roadside Attractions

Remember When Road Trips Included Stopping for Picnics and Enjoying the View?

1_Flower Mound TX

A picnic table shadowed by an enormous teepee; a covered structure in the middle of a vast red desert; a shady spot under the cover of a gigantic wagon wheel. These places once teemed with traveling families, but the kids, dogs, and picnic baskets are now long gone.

For the last five years, Ryann Ford has driven through Texas, New Mexico, and other parts of the West, seeking out and photographing rest stops on quiet highways and in parks for a project called “The Last Stop: Vanishing Relics of the American …

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