In McLean, Route 66 breaks into one-way westbound and eastbound multi-lane streets, a feature that gets more common as you continue west. McLean, though, has something no other Route 66 town has – barbed wire as the main attraction. The Devil's Rope Museum – a Salute to Barbed Wire showcases the story behind barbed wire and displays designs of every kind imaginable – from its productive use to separate areas on farms to less noble uses during wartimes. The museum, once a bra factory, is on Kingsley Street between the westbound and eastbound lanes of Route 66.
Also, between the two directions of Route 66, you'll find another landmark – the Avalon Theater, opened in 1930. On Main Street you'll also find the McLean-Alanreed Historical Museum, which opened in 1969 and features plenty of colorful Panhandle history.
McLean was growing rapidly in the 1920s and the Phillips Oil Company saw the city as a good place to open their first Phillips service station in Texas along the Route 66 stretch there. Today, it sits restored along the westbound lanes.
The one-way lanes come back together at the western end of McLean. We're guessing you may not have seen more than one or two other cars on that stretch through town, especially if it's a Sunday. Route 66 heads west out of McLean and joins I-40, as the interstate was paved directly over the old lanes in some areas. It's a speedy ride west toward a big, leaning tower.