|U.S. Route 66, popularly known as Route 66, "The Main
Street of America", or the "Mother Road" has been a part of America's history
for nearly a century.
Established on November 11, 1926, this iconic highway
connected Chicago, Illinois, to Los Angeles, California, while passing
through the states of Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and
Arizona. It was the first highway to link the Midwest to the Pacific Coast,
and for many years it served as a vital route for settlers and travelers
U.S. Highway 66 was important for the economies of the
small towns along its path. It was especially important for the rural areas
of the Midwest during the Great Depression, as it allowed people to travel
in search of work. In the 1940s, Route 66 became the main route for military
personnel and supplies during World War II.
In the late 1950s and 1960s, Route 66 experienced a decline
in popularity due to the construction of the interstate highway system.
As the new interstates were built, they bypassed many small towns and replaced
Route 66 as the main route of travel. By the 1970s, much of U.S. 66 had
become abandoned as a cross-country route and was eventually removed from
the U.S. Highway System in 1985.
In recent decades, Route 66 has experienced a well-deserved
resurgence in popularity, due in part to its rich history and nostalgia.
Though it may no longer be an official highway, it will always remain a
part of Americana, a reminder of simpler and, many would argue, better
Come with us as we explore Route 66, both past and present.