Those that have seen it in person will easily understand that John’s Modern Cabins near Doolittle, MO is one of those special places many of us roadies considered to be sacred. For those that haven’t seen it in person, it resides on nearly every Route 66 tourists itinerary.
Personally for me, I have been in awe of the presence of John’s Modern Cabins since I first spied it from the back seat of my parent’s car while we were on one of our many road trips headed west in the early 1980’s. That row of rustic old cabins and old neon sign high up in the air, nearly into the trees was a place marker along I44 that told me where we were on the extent of our trip. As a boy I lusted to explore the cabins and surroundings. At the time, I expected it to be some kind of cool old resort. I know it’s silly, but I was only about 4 or 5 years old at the time.
Johns has been at the center of constant discussion amongst myself and other roadies in and around the Route 66 community. We all know that the last remaining corpses of the cabins aren’t long for this world as they are subdued to decay under the Ozark climate. The greatest concern lies in the question of what will happen to the old neon sign??? It’s a beautiful treasure that has endured decades of explorers, corrosion, and storms.
I’ve decided to take this into my own hands and do something about the Johns Modern Cabin neon sign. I’m going to make it mine and I’m going to show you how I did it in my latest video.