Saturday, December 28, 2013

Getting Your Kicks on Route 66-- Part 3

Definitely some interesting items on this list, many of them, though I am a Route 66 nut, I sure didn't know. //// 6. Route 66's nicknames include "America's Main Street" because it actually was the main street in the towns it passed through since they were already paved; "Mother Road" thanks to John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath;" "The Road of Dreams" (I don't remember hearing it called this, but can understand its connection what with Americans seeking a better life during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl); and is properly co-designated "The Will Rogers Highway" because the famous American humorist came from Oklahoma. ///// CYRUS AVERY of Oklahoma is referred to as the Father of Route 66, but he actually really wanted the US-60 number (as the U.S. highways ending in "0" were considered the most important east-west routes). He even had 60,000 maps printed in 1926, showing his road as US-60 and even began erecting signage with US-60 on it. When it became obvious he wasn't getting the US-60 number, he and others settled on US-66 in Springfield, Missouri, which is why it is called "The Birthplace of Route 66." //// Some Interesting Stuff. --RoadDog

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