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Mother Road Revisited: Local Artist Creates Unique Chronicle of Route 66

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What started out as a simple thesis project for a University of Tulsa graduate student has turned into a unique showcase of America's Main Street.

Through photography, Natalie Slater is taking people back in time by merging the then and now of Route 66.

"It defines America's travel from East to West and it's something that everyone can connect with as a storytelling element," Slater told KTUL.com's Kristin Dickerson.

Slater's collection of stories is called "The Mother Road Revisited." The concept was fourth on her list of ideas for her master's thesis.

To begin, she spent several months finding old photos. Then came the hard part; finding the exact location where those photos were taken. Slater says she and her assistant Jeremia would go around to post offices and local mechanics asking asking folks if they knew of the location in the photos.

Slater and her assistant traveled the roughly 2,500 miles of Old Route 66 in a 1964 Shasta Camper, which Slater lovingly dubbed, "Ace."

Along the way, she placed several plaques on the exact spot she took her photos. Embedded on the plaques is a Q.R. code that passersby can scan with their smart phones and they can then see the original photo taken in that location.

If you would like to see Slater's work, it is on display at the Living Arts Gallery located in Tulsa's Brady District through April 26th.

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