Balmorhea, Texas
Ryann Ford Balmorhea, Texas

Inspired by a move from Southern California to Austin, Texas, much of it along Route 66, photographer Ryann Ford started documenting a once-ubiquitous animal now nearing extinction: the midcentury rest stop, built as the U.S. was ramping up its infrastructure capacity with President Eisenhower’s Interstate Highway System. After a few years, Ford had shot more than 150 stops around the country and crowdfunded the idea into a book, The Last Stop: Vanishing Rest Stops of the American Roadside (Powerhouse Books, 2016). The stops, she wrote in her pitch, gave drivers a way to “reconnect people to the places they were traveling through.”

Abiquiu, New Mexico
Ryann Ford Abiquiu, New Mexico
Organ, New Mexico
Ryann Ford Organ, New Mexico
Flower Mound, Texas
Ryann Ford Flower Mound, Texas
White Sands
Ryann Ford White Sands, New Mexico
Austin, Nevada
Ryann Ford Austin, Nevada
Sonora, Texas
Ryann Ford Sonora, Texas
Anthony, New Mexico
Ryann Ford Anthony, New Mexico
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