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July 12 - 13, 2012
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Groom is a town in Carson County, Texas, United States. It is on Interstate Highway 40 (Historic Route 66) 42 miles east of Amarillo and 220 miles west of Oklahoma City. (see the little red dot on the Texas map on the left)
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Below: The Britten Leaning Water Tower is located in Groom, Texas and currently serves as a decorative item. It originally was a functioning water tower which was slated for demolition until Ralph Britten bought it and moved it to serve as a sign for his truck stop and tourist information center (located on a stretch of interstate that was once a part of U.S. Route 66). This truck stop can still be seen, set back off the road behind the tower, now boarded up and in disrepair following a devastating fire decades ago.

The leaning water tower still remains a popular target for cameras, and the town of Groom turns on a large colored star mounted on the top around Christmas time. The water tower is a common image in Route 66 photography books.

The Britten Leaning Water Tower

Below: There is a 19-story cross located next to Interstate 40 (formerly U.S. Route 66) in Groom, Texas. This 190-foot tall free-standing cross can be seen from twenty miles away. Surrounding the base of the cross are life-sized statues of the Stations of the Cross. Inspired by this cross, residents of Effingham, Illinois erected a similar cross that is eight feet taller.

a 19-story cross in Groom, Texas
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Gray County Rest Area The Big Texan Steak Ranch
Cadillac Ranch
Palo Duro Canyon State Park Jeep Tour of Palo Duro