In the Texas panhandle, Route 66 is a big part of life. For a lot of us, it's an intrinsic part of growing up on the high plains. You can't separate one from the other. Those of us who have lived, and do live along the Mother Road, take a lot of pride in Route 66.

Which is probably why this fundraiser to restore a Texas Route 66 icon only took 4 days to reach its goal.

The Phillips 66 Gas Station In McLean, Texas

This is one of my favorite pieces of Route 66 culture. The old Phillips 66 station in McLean is a must-see spot for anyone who loves traveling along Route 66.

It has everything. The old pumps are there. The building is still standing. There's even an old truck.

There is a bit of drama surrounding whether or not this one is the actual first Phillips Station in Texas. There's another that claims to have been built a year earlier in Turkey, Texas.

Either way, it's still the first one built on Route 66. Take your wins where you can get them.

The Fundraiser To Restore The Old Station in McLean

The fundraiser smashed its goal of just $500. It only took 4 days to make it happen.

The description is the kind of thing that makes your heart melt. Not only are funds being raised to restore the old station; pies getting shoved in faces are part of the fun too.

The president of the Old Route 66 Association is putting his money, and pies, where his mouth is. How's that for an evening news worthy pun?

Not only that, but for every $100 raised the ladies at the Midpoint get to shove a pie in his face. You can find out more by following this link.

Look: 25 Must See Landmarks On Route 66 From Tulsa To Glenrio

Route 66 is an iconic part of our culture. Here are 25 must see landmarks to check out from Tulsa, to Glrenrio.

Look at How Amarillo's Old Route 66 Motels Looked Then & Now

The heyday of the Mother Road may be long gone, but would you believe that there's still plenty of the old motels where many a weary American family rested their heads during their interstate travels?

You won't believe some of these are still standing, much less still alive and (wait for it..) kickin'!

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