Meteor City trading post is notable for three things:
- The “world’s largest dream catcher.”
- The “world’s longest map of Route 66.”
- The mohawked geodesic dome.
According to Guinness World Records, the dream catcher is no longer the world’s largest, if it ever truly did hold that distinction. The large hole in it has probably reduced its dream catching ability anyway. Meteor City was a historic trading post located on historic Route 66 west of the town of Unincorporated Winslow situated in Coconino County, Arizona
Bob Waldmire painted the 100 foot “world’s largest map of Route 66” on an exterior wall. It fell into disrepair and was repainted by volunteers in 2002 or 2003. The wall on which it is painted has since collapsed. According to this, it would not be the longest even if it were still standing.
The business began as a service station opened in 1938 by Joseph Sharber. In 1941 Jack Newsum took over, gave it the name Meteor City, and turned it into an attraction where one could purchase gas, groceries, and curios. A roadside sign advertised it as a city with a population of 1. After Newsum married in 1946, he updated the population to 2.
The trading post’s signature dome was added in 1979. It appeared in the 1984 movie Starman, directed by John Carpenter and starring Jeff Bridges. In 1990 the dome burned down and was replaced by the structure that remains today.
In 2001, Meteor City closed briefly and was reopened later that year with new owners Richard and Ermila Benton. It closed again in December of 2012 and was put up for sale for $150,000. It doesn’t look like it will ever be reopened.
The place was in pretty bad shape when I visited, even though it had only been 2 years since it closed. The display cases were still inside, but everything had been ransacked.
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