Current maps do not include old Route 66. The last stretch of the road disappeared from "official” maps in 1985.
A famous national museum, nowhere near
Route 66, has an exhibit that includes an actual piece of Route 66 pavement. Entitled "America On the Move," the piece of the
Mother Road is at the Smithsonian's National Museum in Washington D.C.
According to most sources
Route 66 is 2448 miles long (about 4000 km). However, this is a rough approximation as the road has had many different alignments through the years.
Route 66 was commissioned
on November 11 1926, picking up as many as possible bits and pieces of existing road.
Route 66 crosses 8 states and 3 time zones. The states that the
Mother Road runs through are: Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.
In 1926 only 800 miles of
Route 66 were paved. Only in 1937 did
Route 66 get paved end-to-end.
Because of a change in alignment of
Route 66 in 1937, there is an intersection where
Route 66 crosses itself at Central Avenue and 4th Street in downtown Albuquerque,
New Mexico. Here, you can stand on the corner of
Route 66 and
Bobby Troup wrote the song, Get Your Kicks on Route 66 in 1946. It has been performed and remixed by several musicians, including Nat King Cole, who first recorded it in 1946 scoring a major hit, the Rolling Stones, and Depeche Mode.
The old round barn in
Oklahoma is the most famous and most often photographed barn on
The Round Barn in Arcadia,
Oklahoma is one of the most photographed sites on the
Mother Road, Kathy Weiser-Alexander,
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The numerical designation
66 was official assigned to the Chicago-to-Los Angeles route in the summer of 1926.
Route 66 starts in
Chicago, Ilinois and ends in Santa Monica,
The Corvette has become a
Route 66 icon.
91% of the original Route 66 is still in use in
On the corner of
Route 66 and First Street in Tucumcari,
New Mexico is a Texaco Station that is the only service station to have operated continuously through the
Route 66 era to the present.
Kansas has the shortest section of the
Mother Road with only 13 miles. However, three historic
Route 66 towns are located on this short segment including Baxter Springs, Galena and Riverton.
As a publicity stunt in 1928, promoters of
66 held a coast to coast foot race that included all 2448 miles of the
Mother Road and then some. The race kept right on going far beyond
Chicago all the way to New York City.
In 1985 Route 66 was officially decommissioned as a federal highway. However, daily use of the road had been gradually replaced in earlier years by the Interstates. The road was decommissioned due to public demand for better transportation as the old road deteriorated after World War II.
Route 66 is also know as "Mother
Road", "The Main Street of America" and "The Will Rogers Highway".
85% of the road is still drivable.