On a stretch of land far, far away...
Established on November 11, 1926, Route 66 is one of the original highways withing the U.S. Highway system. It's design did not follow the traditional linear course, instead it laid out as a diagonal path connecting hundreds of predominantly rural towns in Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Teas, New Mexico, Arizona and ending in Santa Monica, California; enabling farmers to transport grain and produce for redistribution. The route connecting Chicago with the Pacific Coast ran along mainly flat prairie lands and had a more comfortable climate than northern highways, which made it perfect for truckers. The total distance of Route 66 covers 2,448 miles.
|Corner of Route 66 and Glendora Ave, Glendora, California cir 1948. Photo courtesy: libguides.unm.edu|
|First McDonald's in San Berardina, CA. Photo courtesy McDonalds/Route 66 Museum|
We are not going to go into the decline of Route 66 with the building of I-40; I don't want to depress anyone. We are just going to skip to the more exciting Revival Period.
|Rail Haven Motel in Greene County Missouri ca 1950. Photo courtesy: missouristate.edu|
Route 66 is a true American Legacy that truckers, travelers, and tourist alike will get to enjoy for years to come thanks to the efforts of preservation associations. There is so much history associated with this stretch of highway and it will continue to influence popular culture. What are your favorite stops or sights along Route 66?