Get Your Kicks on Route 66
Route 66, one of America's original and most famous highways established in 1926. Route 66 runs from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California, covering a total of 2,448 miles. Culturally, it was a hit song in 1946 and again in the 1960s, as well as a TV series in the early 1960s. It was featured in Disney's movie "Cars", and in John Steinbeck's 1939 novel "The Grapes of Wrath."
US 66 was a primary route for those who migrated west, especially during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, and it supported the economies of the communities through which it passed. People doing business along the route became prosperous, and they later fought to keep it alive in the face of the growing threat of being bypassed by the more advanced Interstate Highway System in the 1960s and 70s. It has been communally designated a National Scenic Byway by the name "Historic Route 66".