Ohio66 presents an in-depth look at the circumstances surrounding the departure of George Maharis from route 66 in the middle
of the third season.
preview Starring George Maharis
Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument in Public Square
The opening scene of Two On The House shows Richie McIntyre being chauffeured to his father's office in the Terminal Tower. The limo is traveling north on Ontario Ave when it passes the monument.
Richie exits the limo in front of Tower City Center
Fans of the A Christmas Story will recognize Tower City Center as the location of the parade in that 1983 film. Ralphie's home was located in the same Cleveland neighborhood where the Route 66 episode First Class Mouliak was filmed. On the day that I photographed the Mouliak sites I visited the Christmas Story home too and will have photos up soon.
The Terminal Tower
Cleveland's landmark skyscraper at one time was the second tallest building in the world next to the Empire State building.
The Terminal Tower is visible at some point or another in all six episodes of Route 66 filmed in Cleveland. There was extensive interior filming done for Welcome To The Wedding from season three.
Access to the offices in the tower is restricted so I was unable to photograph the elevators, hallways and office where Richie's dad worked, but I have a plan... more to come...
Coast Guard office - East Ninth St. Pier
Tod and Buz park in front of the Coast Guard office on the East Ninth St. Pier
Captain Frank's Seafood Restaurant
Captain Frank's was located on the end of the East Ninth Street Pier and I believe that this fast-food shack was adjacent to the restaurant. Cleveland native Angelo Amato is serving Buz a 'mashed-potato' ice cream cone.
Angelo told me that they started off serving real ice cream to Buz but it kept melting too fast under the June sun during multiple re-takes so a production assistant was ordered to run to the nearest restaurant and grab a super-large order of mashed potatoes - to go. I told Angelo that this is a standard old Hollywood trick and all the time he thought it was ingenious on-the-spot improvisation.
Some time soon I hope to get an interview with, and current photos of Angelo up on the site.
Carol Diane River Tours & Lake Cruises
Tod and Buz are working as tour guides on the Carol Diane when 11-year-old Richie McIntyre decides to join them after his father, heavily involved with work, breaks a promise to take him to a Cleveland Indians game.
The Carol Diane is long gone but in its place today is the Goodtime III. The original Goodtime was in operation at the time of the Route 66 filming and you can see its ticket office briefly in the episode (it's to the right and behind me as I shot this photo).
On July 7, 2009 I took the tour myself and shot literally hundreds of photographs over the course of two hours. Several of the following scenes are shot from that cruise but there are even more that will eventually show up on the pages for Incident On A Bridge and Welcome To The Wedding (and maybe others).
Lighthouse on the breakwall
Cleveland Municipal Stadium, home of the Indians and the Browns, was demolished in 1995 and replaced with Jacobs Field (now Progressive Field) for the Indians, and Cleveland Browns Stadium for the Browns
Entering the Cuyahoga River from Lake Erie
This is the railroad bridge featured in the first season episode Incident On A Bridge.
The McIntyre Home
The home of Willard McIntyre and his son, Richie, in the Cleveland suburb of Bratehnal.