GET YOUR KICKS
ON ROUTE 66
Nat King Cole sang about it;
a million cars have driven it;
and today there are still sections of Route 66
quietly heading west, commemorating a bygone era,
now known as "Historic Route 66."
U.S. Route 66, known as the "Mother Road",
was one of the original U.S. highways
established in November of 1926.
This concrete 2-lane road took roadsters
from Chicago to L.A. -- 2,448 miles to be exact.
It was the primary path for migrants who "headed west"
during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.
Many local businesses prospered along the route
during the 30s, 40s and 50s --
especially motel units, some barely more than
a room with a roof and a window.
Some of these units can still be seen along the road:
boarded up but still standing, relics of a grand old route.
In some states, like Missouri, the original Route 66 still exists.
It parallels Interstate 44, from Pacific to Joplin, Missouri,
and you can see some of these original motel units.
Hardly room for a bed and a chair!