As people we romanticize most of our previous experiences. An deserted motel signal along Route sixty six in California gives a haunted air to this stretch of Mojave Desert highway. Route 66 grew in reputation in the 50s, when vacationers loaded up their Airstreams and hit the highway to see mom-and-pop trading posts, teepee motels and reptile farms.
Head west to IL 4. Head south on IL four (For a side journey, head east on Ostermeir Road to Lined Bridge Highway and proceed east to a coated bridge over Sugar Creek). At Chippewa Avenue, Route sixty six turns southwest. This signpost on Adams St. in Chicago marks the start of Route 66.
In Oklahoma, from west of El Reno to Bridgeport , US 66 turned north to Calumet and then west to Geary , then southwest across the South Canadian River over a suspension toll bridge into Bridgeport. Observe this road back to MO ninety six and proceed on MO 96 into Carthage At Garrison Road (MO 571), turn south, then west once more on Oak Avenue.
2 The Museum and guests center are each housed within the unique courthouse in downtown Bloomington alongside rt. sixty six. The museum options seven exhibit galleries, preserves 19,000 objects, makes out there more than eleven,500 uncommon and laborious to seek out reference books, manages 1,700 ft of historical papers and images in it archives.
Route sixty six obtained official designation in 1926, after the federal government enacted a plan for nationwide highways. The 2,four hundred-mile freeway, which begins in Chicago and passes by means of Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona before ending in Los Angeles, will turn 83 this 12 months—and it is not growing old gracefully.