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Route 66, produced by Kathy Weiser-Alexander, December 2013.

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Known by several names throughout the years including the "Mother Road," "Main Street of America," and the "Will Rogers Highway," Route 66 served travelers for some 50 years, before totally succumbing to the "new and improved" interstate system.

Established in 1926, road signs began to be erected the following year, but, it would be several years before the 2,448 mile highway would be continuously paved from Chicago to Los Angeles.


Running through the states of Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, the highway became one of the most famous roads in America. For decades, this historic path served thousands who were migrating west, especially during the Dust Bowl of the 1930's.


Over the years, the road underwent many improvements and realignments, changing its path and overall length, and moving its endpoint farther west to Santa Monica.


Route 66 was officially decommissioned and the familiar highway markers came down.


But, it was not the end for this historic path. New generations wanted to travel this old road, signs began to go back up, and today, thousands enjoy these vintage peeks along the old highway. However, the original road is not indicated on most maps today, and this portion of Legends' website provides descriptions of the many towns, sites, and icons of the Mother Road, as well as additional articles and the Route 66 Emporium for those looking for books & maps, postcards, souvenirs, and memorabilia.





Route 66 - Nine foot road in Oklahoma

Nine foot wide road outside of Miami, Oklahoma, Kathy Weiser, June, 2004.

This image available for photographic prints HERE!




Route 66 Does Not End

Route 66 does not end along 6th Street in Amarillo, Texas,

Kathy Weiser, November,   2005,

This image available for photo prints & editorial downloads HERE!



About Route 66 - History and Information about the Mother Road.


Mile By Mile Westbound: This very detailed section includes hundreds of pages of the many small towns along the mother road, "must see" sites, and bucket loads of photographs.







New Mexico




Route 66 Slideshow (See Below)

Route 66 Photo Prtns & Downloads


More Information:


A Nostalgia Not Experienced By All (Crucial Role of the Green Book)

Facts, Figures & Trivia

Gallery of the Mother Road

Ghosts of Route 66

Ghost Towns


Personalities & Legends

Postcard Views


Rt 66 Links

Mother Road Recipes

Route 66 Timeline

Testimonials from the Road

Writing Credits




Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas along Route 66

Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas, May, 2004, David Alexander.

This image available for photo prints & editorial downloads HERE!






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Cool Springs Camp, Arizona today

Cool Springs Camp, Arizona, April, 2008, Kathy Weiser.

This image available for photographic prints

 and downloads HERE!



...and they come into 66 from the tributary side roads, from  the wagon tracks and the rutted country roads, 66 is  the mother road, the road of flight.


- John Steinbeck in The Grapes of Wrath







Route 66 Emporium

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Route 66 Slideshow:



All images & more available for photo prints & commercial downloads HERE!


From Legends' General Store

Mother Road EmporiumRoute 66 - ah, what great memories she brings.  Well, at the Legends' General Store, you will find all kinds of memorabilia to bring you more!  Our Mother Road Emporium  has added dozens of Route 66 Postcards, Books, Historic Signs, photographic prints and more.



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Photographic Prints

Route 66 Book Shelf

Signs of Route 66

Signs of Route 66

Postcards of the Road

Route 66 custom design

Custom Route 66 T-Shirts


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