Saturday, November 5

The Roots of Route 66

"No other road has captured the imagination and the essence of the American Dream quite like Route 66. The idea behind the 'Mother Road' was to connect urban and rural America from Chicago all the way to Los Angeles, crossing eight states and three time zones. With more hope than resources, Dust Bowl migrants and others escaping poverty caused by the Great Depression could motor west on Route 66 in search of a better life. This 2,440-mile 'Road of Dreams' speckled with romantic and unconventional attractions symbolized a pathway to easier times. It was one of the few U.S. highways laid out diagonally, and it cut across the country like a shortcut to freedom. ..."
The Atlantic