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 more than 50 years, before totally succumbing to the “new and improved” interstate system.
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 in 1985 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, produced by Kathy Weiser-Alexander, December 2013.
View on YouTube 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
If you love Route 66, enjoy coloring, and like to share with others, this book is for you! The Route 66 Postcard Coloring Book contains 20 postcards of various places along America’s Mother Road, each ready for your own artistic touch. Made in Missouri, U.S.A. For more information, visit Legends’ General Store.
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.
More Information and articles:
Signs on the Mother Road (photo gallery)