Historic Route 66, Illinois

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About Historic Route 66:

Route 66 means different things to different people, but freedom is a common theme. For families like the Joads, it proved an avenue of escape from dust bowl stricken farms. For troops heading to the battlefronts of World War II, it provided a means to combat world tyranny. For countless American families, it held the promise of a new life out West or an old-fashioned family road trip. Known during its heyday as America's Main Street, this byway holds a special place in the collective consciousness as the herald of a new era of travel.

Decommissioned in 1985, the route is fragmented and sections of it no longer exist. The Mother Road is enjoying a restoration as part of the National Scenic Byways program in Illinois, New Mexico and Arizona, making large portions of the Route 66 adventure easily accessible and well signed. Traveling the route through the states between Illinois and New Mexico is a challenging adventure, so pick up one of the many route-specific guidebooks or maps and hit the road.

During the post-war economic boom, many young people felt restless and disillusioned. They sought solace on the open road away from the big cities and suburbia; pointing their car towards the West and driv

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About Historic Route 66:
U.S. Route 66 (also known as the Will Rogers Highway after the humorist, and colloquially known as the "Main Street of America" or the "Mother Road") was a highway in the U.S. Highway System. One of the original U.S. highways, Route 66, US Highway 66, was established on November 11, 1926. However, road signs did not go up until the following year. The famous highway originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, before ending at Los Angeles, encompassing a total of 2,448 miles (3,940 km). It was recognized in popular culture by both a hit song and a television show in the 1950s and 1960s. Route 66 underwent many improvements and realignments over its lifetime, changing its path and overall length. Many of the realignments gave travelers faster or safer routes, or detoured around city congestion. One realignment moved the western endpoint further west from downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica. Route 66 was a m
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