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John Steinbeck wrote of the Dust Bowl era in America, when people were uprooted and travelled the fabled Route 66 across the land following dreams of milk and honey and California. Merle Haggard, the "Common Man's Poet"; Flatt & Scruggs; Bob Dylan; and Woody Guthrie were all profoundly influenced both by the road and its symbology, and by the power of Steinbeck's words.

This was and is the land of Tom Joad. Later Bobby Troup immortalized the road in song and Nat King Cole hit with "(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66".
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Route66 Factoids
  • Rte66 is 2448 miles long (about 4000 km)
  • It crosses 8 states and 3 time zones
  • "It winds from Chicago to L.A." (Santa Monica)
  • In 1926 only 800 miles of Rte66 were paved
  • Route 66 was the title of a TV series playing 1960 - 1964
  • The "Father of Rte66" is Cyrus Stevens Avery
  • Immortal words "Get your kicks on Route 66" were penned in 1946 on Rte66
  • Rte66 was built from 1926 - 1937
  • Officially, the numerical designation 66 was assigned to the Chicago-to-Los Angeles route in Summer 1926
  • John Steinbeck proclaimed U.S. Highway 66 the "Mother Road" in The Grapes of Wrath
  • An estimated 210,000 people migrated to California to escape the despair of the Dust Bowl
  • From 1933 to 1938 thousands of male youths from all states worked as laborers on Rte66
  • Robert William Troup, Jr., of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania wrote "Route 66"
  • Nat King Cole hit with "Route 66" in 1946
  • Townspeople provided auto camps, precursors of cottages and cabin camps
  • Cabin camps (cottages) had amenities and shelter
  • Motor courts (motels) had souvenirs, pools, and restaurants
  • The service station concept was born with Rte66
  • The Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 initiated the interstate and defense highway sytem
  • By 1970 most of Rte66 was replaced by four-lane highway
  • The final section of original road was replaced by Interstate 40 at Williams, AZ October 1984
  • Rte66's 75'th birthday is 2001
  • The Eagles' "Take It Easy" immortalized Rte66 in Winslow, AZ
  • 11 killed in Rte66 "Flood of 1948"
  • June 28 is Route66 Day
  • Lucille Hamons is "Mother of the Mother Road"
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Oatman, AZ

Route66 Bridge, Oklahoma

Snow Cap; Seligman, Arizona

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SUBJ: My initial trip 01 July 01
bill calvert    
Going to make my initial trip on 66 from l.a. suggestions as to what to see and where to go. Going to just head east until we run out of time and/or money.

SUBJ: 1952 Trip to AZ 12 June 01
Paul Hale 707N. Main, Belvidere IL 61008  
1952 Trip to Az. in a 1948 Studebaker

SUBJ: Any hints? 6 June 01
John McGill Bermuda  
Flying from Bermuda to StLouis June 22 to drive to Barstow on 66...any hints on getting on 66 from St.Louis?

SUBJ: Someday we'll travel it 12 May 01
Vigleik Haga Andfiskå Norway  
Some day we'll travel it, all the road along.

SUBJ: the real feel of old 66 05 Apr 01
D. Gravett    
Probably the most active site remaining to give you the real feel of old 66, is the intersection in Litchfield, IL. You can also stop there at the Ariston Restaurant for a sort of 50's lunch/dinner. At that point,the traffic is very reminiscent of those days as it constantly streams past. The second best site is most likley at Eureka, MO setting outside at Phil's BBQ Quanset hut. Lastly, while now removed from 66 and still close to I-44, at the Washington, MO exit, is the old Shangri Lai restaurant now called the Stl Truckport. Its truly interesting when you actually go in and discover all the activites that used to take place there including the bus stop, the Tasty Freeze the other stuff. 66 is great for historic places. But, if you do all this, try to take the OLD route through the heart of ST, Louis City and imagine yourself in a 4500lb, 10 mpg beast at rush hour! In the heart of STL you will drive past such places as the Watson RD. businesses that are still standing--old motels, old donut shops, and many other scenic/historic places. You can now actually walk across the old Chain of Rocks Bridge, in the north end of STL area and once a part of 66.

SUBJ: Rte.66 in English Ford Conv. 05 Feb 01
C. Rehm    
When I was 5 years old my family drove from the east coast to California via RT.66 in an English Ford Console Convertible. My mom was careful to save the water when we crossed the desert. This was in the sixties and AC was kind of new. Caddy's blew past us with their windows up and ac going full blast. We later passes them on the side of the road overheated. We faired okay in the desert.

SUBJ: Running Rte.66 04 Dec 00
T. Rice    
want to run route66 in a streetrod or old truck,i got a pt cruiser. custom flames,dice on mirrow,on wheels,and doorlocks,or there any cruises plan. for its 75th birthday.

SUBJ: Restore Mother's Place 21 Jul 00
Cheryl Hamons Nowka  
To get my Mother's old Route 66 place, Lucille's in OK, restored to its original condition.
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