"AMERICA'S GREATEST HIGHWAY"
Back in the 1920's,
it was all about "getting your kicks
on Route 66", and
America's love affair with the automobile.
In 1926, America's first U.S. highway
was authorized . . . one paved 2-lane route
from Chicago to Santa Monica, California.
The route paved the way to vacations
"on the road", in the family car . . .
and to enterprising roadside businesses
along the way.
St. Louis was the largest city along Route 66,
and so, a famous stop for
motels, drive-in restaurants, gift shops,
gas and auto repair stations.
There's a current exhibition of roadside ads
and original neon signage
from Route 66
(some long gone, some having survived the years.)
Thankful for some favorite survivors:
Steak-n-Shake and Ted Drewes Frozen Custard.
Alas, no Coral Courts Motel (rooms by the hour.)