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It was the way out. Invented on the cusp of the depression, Route 66 was the road out of the mines, off the farm, away from troubled Main Street. It was the road to opportunity. Between 1926 and 1956, many people from the southern and plains states trekked west to California on Route 66, the Mother Road. Some never reached California. Instead, they settled along the road, building restaurants, tourist attractions, gas stations, and motels. The architecture of each structure reflected regional building traditions and the difficulties of the times. The designs of buildings and signs served as invitations for passing travelers to stop, fill their tanks, have a bite, and stay the night. Along Route 66 describes the architectural styles found along the highway from Chicago, Illinois, to Santa Monica, California, and pairs photos with stories of the buildings and of the people who built them, lived in them, and made a living from them. With striking black-and-white images and unforgettable oral histories of this rapidly disappearing architecture, Quinta Scott has docomented the culture of America’s most famous road.
California Dreamin' Along Route 66 by Joe Sonderman Pdf
The California Dream made Route 66 the most famous road in the world. Flappers dreamed of stardom under the bright lights of Hollywood. A wave of families fleeing the Dust Bowl transformed the state during the Great Depression. During World War II, another wave followed Route 66 seeking opportunity in the massive wartime industrial plants. Thousands of soldiers trained in the Mojave Desert and then returned amid the postwar prosperity to blossoming housing developments that replaced the vast orange groves. While Nat King Cole sang "(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66," the newly prosperous middle class hit the road headed for the dream land constructed by Walt Disney. Inspired by the Beat poets, the hippies, and the adventures of Buz and Tod on the CBS television show Route 66, a new generation took to the open road. Those who savor the journey as much as the destination still seek it out on Route 66 today.
Driving Along Route 66 by Amanda Jackson Green Pdf
Take a road trip along one of America’s most famous roads, Route 66! This social studies book details how Route 66 changed American life. Route 66 stretched more than 2,000 miles and was one of the first major U.S. highways. This teacher-approved book shows students the important role this road played in United States industries and culture, including its connection to American Indian tribal lands. The book covers the geography, history, and economics surrounding Route 66 in an easy-to-follow way. With a glossary and index, useful discussion questions, and other key features, this book brings the rich history of Route 66 to life for students.
Life on Route 66 by Claudia Heller,Alan Heller Pdf
A celebration of America’s most historic highway, in words and pictures. Winding through the rugged heartland of the American West, Route 66 has resonated for generations in hardscrabble tales of hopeful seekers of new homes and new lives. It also inspired Alan and Claudia Heller, longtime residents of Duarte, a California town along Route 66, to hitch their trailer to a retirement dream and travel the road again, journeying through their home state and back to Chicago. They collected stories of the iconic highway, and what it means to the people who live along its way, for a series in the San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group. This collection retraces their journey and introduces us to some of the people and places that make Route 66 truly historic.
100 Things to Do on Route 66 Before You Die by Jim Hinckley Pdf
It is a living, breathing time capsule suspended in the era of I Like Ike buttons and tail fins. It is the crossroads of the past and future where an electric vehicle museum shares space with a Route 66 museum in a century old powerhouse, and you share the road with Model T Fords and Toyotas. It is America's longest attraction and the most famous highway in the world. It is the Main Street of America, iconic Route 66, the highway of dreams. It is a grand adventure and the ultimate American road trip. It is a destination for legions of enthusiasts from New York and Japan, Australia and the Netherlands, Germany and California in search of an authentic American experience. If you motor west (or east) on this storied old highway, there isn't enough time to see it all, to sample all the delightful restaurants, to explore all the quirky museums, to take in all the wonderful photo ops, or enjoy a restful night under the neon at all the time capsule motels on just one trip. So, make the most of your odyssey along iconic Route 66 and let 100 Things to Do on Route 66 Before You Die be your guide to 100 of the best stops on legendary Route 66. Join author, tour guide, adventurer, historian, and lecturer Jim Hinckley on a memory making journey through the heartland of America, and discover why this is the most famous highway in the world.
On Route 66 for the First Time by Marian Pavel Pdf
This detailed guide will perfectly prepare you for the trip of a lifetime along Route 66. You'll learn what to pack, how to negotiate the price for a motorcycle or car rental, how to book accommodation, as well as what travel on Route 66 looks like. Thanks to this book you'll get a full overview of what's ahead of you, including a detailed financial breakdown of costs. The book contains not only advice, but also tips and tricks that'll save you money. From the author who has traveled along Route 66 for more than 18,000 kilometers and still has plenty of reasons to come back to it.
Every town has its share of ghost stories. This book is a collection of the author's favorite eye witness accounts and personallyrelated tales of spirits on Route 66 in andaround Bristow, Oklahoma.Story topics include:- A lone cowboy walking eternity away at the stockyards- Spirit guardian at the Frisco Depot- Haunted help at a gift shop- Ghost with a penchant for cleanliness- Vaporous attendant at gas station ruins- Sorrowful siren- Woman astral projects to give comfort- In time of need, one woman's voice speaks through another- A match made in heaven
Here We Are . . . on Route 66 explores America’s fabled “Mother Road,” following Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica and offering an expert look back at vanished attractions—and sites still drawing thousands each year.
Rediscover the Open Road! Make the most of the historic "Main Street of America" from quirky cosmopolitan Chicago and St. Louis, southwest through the deserts of New Mexico and Arizona, to sunny chic Los Angeles. Road Trip USA: Route 66 is roadside Americana at your fingertips! Inside Road Trip USA: Route 66 you'll find: Excerpted from Road Trip USA Mile-by-mile highlights celebrating the best of Route 66 like The Grand Canyon, Cadillac Ranch, Tinkertown, and London Bridge, as well as the parks, diners, and the local history that makes each small town and big city unique Driving maps covering the entire historic route to help you do as the song says and "get your kicks on Route 66" Full-color vintage and modern photos and illustrations of America both then and now in a slim, portable guide Roadside curiosities and detours reveal the personalities of small towns and thriving cities along the route Expert advice from road-warrior Jamie Jensen, who has zoomed along nearly 400,000 miles of highway in search of the perfect stretches of pavement Road Trip USA: Route 66 is so full of the beauty of the American road, why wait to start your next adventure? Hit the Road!
Sisters Get Their Kicks on Route 66 by Karen West,Susan Ford-West Pdf
In 2014, a group of bold women decided to make history and embark on an unforgettable adventure down America's most famous road—a journey of exploration and sisterhood where they could fulfill every woman's fantasy of leaving-it-all-behind. Their rules were simple: no men, no pets, no kids, and… be nice. Their motto: "We have more fun than anyone!"
Sisters Get Their Kicks on Route 66, by Karen West and Susan Ford-West, chronicles the epic 2,448 mile adventure that may have set a world record. Share the wild ride of over 300 adventurous "Sisters" from the national outdoor women's group, Sisters on the Fly, as they tow their vintage trailers and tell their stories while crossing America's Mother Road from Chicago to Santa Monica. Along the way, experience Route 66's iconic tourist sites, rodeos, dances, karaoke, shopping, museums, flea markets, catered dinners, national parks, parades, dirt roads, and wrong turns.
Through over 500 color photographs and the Sisters' stories of courage and empowerment, grief and moving on, sisterhood and camaraderie, this photo journal of their spirited journey across America's legendary Route 66 will hearten readers young and old to embark upon their own bucket-list adventures.
Inspiring, practical, and entertaining, this is the premier guide to all the off-the-radar stops along America’s Mother Road that you simply must not miss. Author Amy Bizzarri, a Route 66 expert and enthusiast, provides a comprehensive list of 100 unique stops that you’ll want to take a moment to explore as you journey along the highway’s 2,500 miles. The Best Hits on Route 66 also includes specialized itineraries with themes that make it easier than ever to plan a road trip to remember. Check out: - Gearhead's Guide to Route 66 - Hollywood on 66 - Native American History on Route 66 - Mother Road for Music Lovers - The Mother Road with Kids - Natural Wonders of Route 66 - Speedy 66: Chicago to Santa Monica in Six Days - and Supernatural 66
Legendary Route 66 by Michael Karl Witzel, Gyvel Young-Witzel Pdf
It started in the heartland and originally ended in Los Angeles (not, contrary to myth, at the ocean). It carried truckers crossing the country, Okies fleeing the Dust Bowl, vacationers seeking the sun. It was Americas Main Street, the Mother Road, the Will Rogers Highway, and, at its dangerous curves, Bloody 66. Get your kicks on Route 66 with this wonderfully illustrated tribute to the best-loved highway in this car-loving nation. Michael Witzel shares his expertise and wealth of personal, archive, collector, and contributing photographer images in these pages, offering a nostalgic tour of the charms and oddities of this road through American cultural history. Starting in Chicago and running to Santa Monica, this book highlights the sights along the highway with historic and current photos in then-and-now pairings, and includes Route 66 postcards, road signs, trinkets, maps, brochures, and advertisements. Here we see Route 66 as it was in its heyday and as it is now, the neon glamour of yesterday versus the ghost towns of today. Witzel and his wife, Gyvel Young-Witzel, recount the highways history, its role in popular culture, and its demise, as well as the individual stories of famous sights. Several profiles of those with close ties to the Mother Road, including the woman who played Ruthie Joad in the The Grapes of Wrath film, are included.
Begun in 1926 to connect Chicago to Los Angeles, Route 66 was the country's first major east-west thoroughfare. By 1930 it was an important route for both truckers and travellers alike, and in 1939 it became known as 'The Mother Road' thanks to John Steinbeck's classic The Grapes of Wrath. Over the years, hundreds of thousands of Americans travelled this great road from those heading west during the Great Depression to postwar families taking road trips across the country – but by the 1970s four-lane highways, expressways, and tollways had largely supplanted it, and Route 66 fell into disrepair. In this book, authority David Knudson traces the fascinating story of The Mother Road from origins to decline, including the roadside attractions and cottage industries it spawned and the efforts to save and restore it.
Inside Lonely Planet's Route 66 Road Trips: Up-to-date information - all businesses were rechecked before publication to ensure they are still open after 2020's COVID-19 outbreak Lavish color and gorgeous photography throughout Itineraries and planning advice to pick the right tailored routes for your needs and interests Get around easily - easy-to-read, full-color route maps, detailed directions Insider tips to get around like a local, avoid trouble spots and be safe on the road - local driving rules, parking, toll roads Essential infoat your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, prices Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sightseeing, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss Useful features - including Stretch Your Legs,Detours, Link Your Trip Covers Los Angeles, Chicago, St Louis, Kansas, California, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois and more The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Route 66 Road Trips is perfect for exploring Route 66 in the classic American way - by road trip! Planning a Route 66 trip sans a car? Lonely Planet's USA guide, our most comprehensive guide to the USA, is perfect for exploring both top sights and lesser-known gems. Looking for a guide focused on a specific Route 66 city? Check out the Lonely Planet Chicago guide or the Los Angeles, San Diego & Southern California guide for a comprehensive look at all that these cities have to offer, or Pocket Chicago and Pocket Lose Angeles, handy-sized guides focused on the can't-miss sights for a quick trip. There's More in Store for You: For more road-tripping ideas, check out Lonely Planet's USABest Trips guides to Southwest USA, Florida & the South or New York & the Mid-Atlantic's Best Trips guide or Road Trips guides to Pacific Coast Highways, to San Antonio, Austin & Texas Backcountry or the Civil War Trail Also, check out Lonely Planet's European Best Trips guides to Europe or Road Trips guides to Iceland's Ring Road, Normandy & D-Day Beaches, or the Amalfi Coast eBook Features: (Best viewed on tablet devices and smartphones) Downloadable PDF and offline maps prevent roaming and data charges Effortlessly navigate and jump between maps and reviews Add notes to personalize your guidebook experience Seamlessly flip between pages Bookmarksand speedy search capabilities get you to key pages in a flash Embedded links to recommendations' websites Zoom-in maps and images Inbuilt dictionary for quick referencing About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveler since 1973. Over the past four decades, we've printed over 145 million guidebooks and phrasebooks for 120 languages, and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travelers. You'll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, videos, 14 languages, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more, enabling you to explore every day. 'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' New York Times 'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveler's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' Fairfax Media (Australia)
Known as the Main Street of America and the Mother Road, U.S. Route 66 is the nation’s best known highway. Once the microcosm of a culture increasingly connected by automobiles, its sights and attractions are now a fascinating reflection of a nation on the move. Travel this iconic highway through the heart of America with Route 66 Backroads as your guide. This lavishly illustrated book steers you from Chicago to Los Angeles, traveling through the lowlands of the American Plains and the high plateaus of New Mexico and Arizona, from the Great Lakes to the mighty Pacific Ocean, and through major metropolises and remote country towns. Branch away from the Mother Road, and you encounter gems hidden beyond today’s standard motels and tourist traps---the quaint frontier communities that date back to the nation’s westward expansion; the legacy of ancient native cultures; and the awe-inspiring natural wonders that have graced these lands since time immemorial. State parks, wildlife refuges, museums, historic sites, literary landmarks, and much more are there to be explored within a few hours’ drive from the path of Route 66. The fifty trips included here offer new travel opportunities for the thousands of road-trippers who follow this legendary route, looking for something more.